MAT-20031 - Computational Mathematics
Coordinator: Daniel Lucas Room: MAC2.30 Tel: +44 1782 7 33081
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733075

Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2020/21

Scientific computing is one of the cornerstones of modern applied mathematics. By arming students with a high-level general purpose programming language ┐Python┐, they will be well equipped to explore a plethora of mathematical problems otherwise inaccessible to them. Moreover, students will possess a valuable, transferable skill, necessary in a large number of industries, for example, data science, engineering, meteorology and finance.
This module also will embed the use of technology to aid undergraduate mathematical studies.

┐The main aim of this module is to introduce students to the three elements of scientific computing; numerical analysis, programming and modelling.
In particular, the programming element aims to provide the students with a valuable transferrable skill in the Python programming language. We also aim to give the students a broad appreciation of the different computational tools at their disposal, and an introduction to numerical analysis.

Intended Learning Outcomes

choose and apply appropriate computational tools to help to solve and analyse a variety of problems: 1,2
create appropriate graphics (including interactive or animated) to illustrate a particular problem and/or solution: 1,2
write well commented and structured Python code with appropriate use of modules/libraries: 1,2
apply iterative methods to analyse and solve algebraic equations: 1,2
perform numerical integration, differentiation and numerically solve ordinary differential equations, showing knowledge of numerical convergence: 1,2
demonstrate the importance of the precision and bounds of floating point numbers: 1,2

Study hours

24 hours lectures
21 hours lab sessions
3 hours in class assessment
102 hours private study, including preparation of coursework/project

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Exercise weighted 50%
3 programming exercises
A set of three programming exercise. Each exercise is provided in a notebook template. Students commence the work in class and undertake one week of additional work before final submission. During the in-class segment, students undertake the work in open-book conditions; students are permitted to use the Internet and KLE resources but are not allowed to communicate with each other. At the end of the session, students submit their notebook online. After a further week of take-home completion, students submit their work including a commentary of changes made between submissions. In total, for each set of exercises, students can expect to spend 1 hour in class and then approximately another 3 hours during the week.

2: Project weighted 50%
Individual study project
Individual project expanding on material covered during the semester. The project will require students to create a program to investigate a chosen mathematical concept. Students must include a description of the code, how to execute it and a report of the findings. This must include details of the mathematical theory involved. The length of the project, when exported to pdf, will not exceed 6 pages, including code, figures and tables, but not including appendices. Formatting guidelines will be provided.