Yanlai Chen, PhD

Associate Professor





Liberal Arts 394A


2002University of Science and Technology of ChinaB.S.
2007University of Minnesota Twin CitiesM.S.
2007University of Minnesota Twin CitiesPh.D.


  • Numerical algorithms
  • Probability
  • Calculus, Differential equation
  • Optimization





A study of modern mathematics (excluding calculus) employed in business. Topics include: functions and linear models, systems of linear equations, linear programming, mathematics of finance, sets and counting, and basic probability and statistics. This course is the required math course for Business majors. This course fulfills the general education requirements for Business majors who matriculated prior to Fall 2012 and has been approved by University Studies Curriculum for students matriculating in Fall 2012 or later.

A calculus-based introduction to statistics. This course covers probability and combinatorial problems, discrete and continuous random variables and various distributions including the binomial, Poisson, hypergeometric normal, gamma and chi-square. Moment generating functions, transformation and sampling distributions are studied.

Theory and computer-oriented practice in obtaining numerical solutions of various problems. Topics include stability and conditioning, nonlinear equations, systems of linear equations, interpolation and approximation theory.

Numerical methods for solving initial value problems. Topics include: numerical differentiation and integration, Euler method and Taylor's series method, Runge-Kutta methods, multi-step methods, and stiff equations


Research Awards

  • $650,000 Implementation of a Contextualized Computing Pedagogy in STEM Core Courses and Its Impact on Undergraduate Student Academic Success, Retention, and Graduation

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