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MA2600 - Introduction to Modern Computational Mathematics

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: School of Engineering (pre 2015)

This introduction to modern mathematical computation provides a new approach to the teaching and learning of computer packages. Many introductions to computer packages aim to teach the syntax (rules and structure) and semantics (meaning) of the system as efficiently as possible but not why it is necessary to learn such things. By contrast, this subject will demonstrate that mathematical software tools such as Maple are effective tools with a wide range of applications in areas of mathematics, mathematics education, computer science, engineering and science. How computation and experimention can help build mathematical intuition and knowledge is a theme that will be emphasised throughout the subject.

Learning Outcomes

  • skills in using a computer algebra system;
  • enhanced understanding of mathematics and improved mathematical problem solving skills from using and experimenting with computer assisted mathematics.
Prerequisites: MA1003


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coord/Lect: Dr Darcy Mullamphy.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 26 hours - Computer Lab
Assessment: quizzes or tests (30% - 50%); assignments (50% - 70%).

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.