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MA2201 - Numerical Mathematics

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

Topics: Errors and floating point numbers, Solutions of equations, Polynomial Interpolation, Numerical differentiation and integration, Linear algebra, Numerical linear algebra, Approximation of functions, Numerical solutions of differential equations. This subject aims to give students: an appreciation for the benefits and limitations of a numerical solution of a problem; an understanding of the principles behind a range of numerical algorithms; the ability to implement algorithms by hand and using MATLAB; and an understanding of the properties of a matrix

Learning Outcomes

  • apply numerical methods for various mathematical operations and tasks, such as interpolation, differentiation, integration, the solution of linear and nonlinear equations, and the solution of differential equations;
  • implement numerical methods in MATLAB;
  • calculate and analyse the accuracy of common numerical methods;
  • explain mathematical concepts of linear algebra and properties of matrices.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (60%) -
  • Written > Examination - In class - (20%) -
Prerequisites: MA1003


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 26-Aug-2021
Coord/Lect: Mr Patrick Higgins.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 39 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 26 hours tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.