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Unit information: Computational Mathematics in 2016/17

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Unit name Computational Mathematics
Unit code MATH12001
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Porter
Open unit status Not open

A Level Mathematics



School/department School of Mathematics
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description including Unit Aims

Unit aims

The aim of the unit is to introduce some of the concepts and techniques of computing and programming that are useful in mathematical work.

General Description of the Unit

Computational Mathematics provides an introduction to the rudiments of computer simulations and programming in a mathematical context, and uses Matlab to illustrate some generic features. Applications to other mathematics units will be stressed throughout.

Relation to Other Units

Frequent use of material covered in the units Linear Algebra and Calculus will be made in order to motivate and illustrate the concepts. Many ideas will be developed in more depth and rigour in the second year unit Numerical Analysis.

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Intended Learning Outcomes

Learning Objectives

The students will understand what computers do and have proficiency with Matlab. They will know how to write simple programs.

Transferable Skills

Problem solving, programming and algorithm construction, general IT skills .

Teaching Information

A mixture of lectures and practical sessions in the computer laboratory, with regular worksheets and weekly homework.

Assessment Information

The final assessment mark for the unit will be computed from the marks for 2 computer-based tests. Each test will consist of questions on the material taught so far.

Reading and References

Reading and references are available at