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MATH3905 – Methods for Mathematical Computation

2022 – Session 1, In person-scheduled-weekday, North Ryde

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor
Stuart Hawkins
Lecturer
Christian Thomas
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
(MATH2010 or MATH235) and (MATH2020 or MATH2110 or MATH236 or MATH232)
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit develops the ideas and techniques of numerical analysis that allow computers to study complicated, realistic problems that are challenging or impossible to solve using analytic calculation. Topics in this unit include the basic theory of numerical analysis, computational solutions to differential equations, and numerical linear algebra. We will first introduce important ideas such as computational complexity and measures of numerical error. This will be followed by the study of computational methods for solving large linear systems and partial differential equations.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Understand and apply fundamental principles and concepts of numerical analysis and mathematical computation.
  • ULO2: Utilise mathematical software to implement algorithmic processes for solving mathematical problems.
  • ULO3: Design computational approaches to solve partial differential equations arising from science and engineering on finite domains.
  • ULO4: Determine solutions to large linear systems of equations using computationally efficient algorithmic approaches.
  • ULO5: Evaluate the effectiveness of computational algorithms using mathematical concepts including computational complexity and error bounds.

General Assessment Information

The midsession quiz and exam must be undertaken at the time indicated in iLearn. Should these activities be missed due to illness or misadventure, students may apply for Special Consideration.

All other assessments must be submitted by 5:00 pm on their due date.

Should these assessments be missed due to illness or misadventure, students should apply for Special Consideration.

Late submissions of Problem Set 1 and Problem Set 2 are permitted. A consistent penalty will be applied for late submissions as follows: 

A 12-hour grace period will be given after which the following deductions will be applied to the awarded assessment mark:

  • 12 to 24 hours late = 10% deduction;
  • for each day thereafter, an additional 10% per day or part thereof will be applied until five days beyond the due date.
  • After this time, a mark of zero (0) will be given.

For example, an assessment worth 20% is due 5 pm on 1 January. Student A submits the assessment at 1 pm, 3 January. The assessment received a mark of 15/20. A 20% deduction is then applied to the mark of 15, resulting in the loss of three (3) marks. Student A is then awarded a final mark of 12/20.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Problem Set 1 20% No Week 6
Midsession quiz 10% No Week 8
Final Exam 50% No Examination period
Problem Set 2 20% No Week 12

Problem Set 1

Assessment Type 1: Problem set
Indicative Time on Task 2: 15 hours
Due: Week 6
Weighting: 20%

 

Problem set requiring the design and implementation of numerical finite difference methods.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Understand and apply fundamental principles and concepts of numerical analysis and mathematical computation.
  • Utilise mathematical software to implement algorithmic processes for solving mathematical problems.
  • Design computational approaches to solve partial differential equations arising from science and engineering on finite domains.
  • Determine solutions to large linear systems of equations using computationally efficient algorithmic approaches.

Midsession quiz

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: Week 8
Weighting: 10%

 

A midsession quiz on all aspects of the course material.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Understand and apply fundamental principles and concepts of numerical analysis and mathematical computation.
  • Utilise mathematical software to implement algorithmic processes for solving mathematical problems.
  • Design computational approaches to solve partial differential equations arising from science and engineering on finite domains.
  • Determine solutions to large linear systems of equations using computationally efficient algorithmic approaches.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of computational algorithms using mathematical concepts including computational complexity and error bounds.

Final Exam

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 15 hours
Due: Examination period
Weighting: 50%

 

This will be an invigilated exam, held in the exam period. It will test the ability of students to synthesise the concepts taught in the course in order to analyse and solve mathematical problems with various applications.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Understand and apply fundamental principles and concepts of numerical analysis and mathematical computation.
  • Utilise mathematical software to implement algorithmic processes for solving mathematical problems.
  • Design computational approaches to solve partial differential equations arising from science and engineering on finite domains.
  • Determine solutions to large linear systems of equations using computationally efficient algorithmic approaches.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of computational algorithms using mathematical concepts including computational complexity and error bounds.

Problem Set 2

Assessment Type 1: Problem set
Indicative Time on Task 2: 15 hours
Due: Week 12
Weighting: 20%

 

Problem set requiring the design and implementation of methods for numerical linear algebra.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Understand and apply fundamental principles and concepts of numerical analysis and mathematical computation.
  • Utilise mathematical software to implement algorithmic processes for solving mathematical problems.
  • Determine solutions to large linear systems of equations using computationally efficient algorithmic approaches.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of computational algorithms using mathematical concepts including computational complexity and error bounds.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Writing Centre for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Off-shore students must email the convenor as soon as possible to discuss study options. 

Unit Schedule

Week Topics
1 Computer arithmetic
2 Interpolation and quadrature
3 Composite quadrature rules
4 Nonlinear equations
5 Initial value problems for ODEs
6 Systems and boundary value problems for ODEs
7 LU factorisation
8 Error analysis and QR factorisation
9 Householder and least squares
10 PDEs including classification and separation
11 PDEs including finite difference
12 PDEs

 

 

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