Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Most of the mathematics studied in the first two years at university involved the application of algebra and calculus to find "exact" solutions to mathematical problems. In practice however, there is a need to deal with situations where the best one can do is to find an approximate solution to a problem. This is the role of numerical mathematics. As well as appreciating the numerical methods for obtaining approximate solutions to problems in their own right, understanding concepts such as accuracy and computational efficiency are important aspects of numerical mathematics. Naturally, much of the calculation is carried out on computer and students in this subject will gain experience using a variety of software programs: Excel spreadsheet, Maple computer algebra system and the statistical software package SPSS. Specific topics studied are: nonlinear equations, interpolation, smoothing and optimization, numerical integration, differential equations, and systems of linear equations.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRobert Champion

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites MAT2CC


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsNumerical MathematicsPrescribedChampion, R & Mills, TAVAILABLE AT THE UNIVERSITY BOOKSHOP

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRobert Champion

Class requirements

Computer Laboratory Week: 10 - 21
Two 1.0 hours computer laboratory per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 21 and delivered via face-to-face.
"On specific dates during the semester some tutorials will be run instead of a computer lab."

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
Assignment 1 (approx 350 words)10
Assignment 2 (approx 350 words)10
Assignment 3 (approx 350 words)10
Assignment 4 (approx 350 words)10
one 3-hour examination60