Course Title: Design complex algorithms using mathematical and scientific principles
Part B: Course Detail
Teaching Period: Term1 2008
Course Code: MATH7039
Course Title: Design complex algorithms using mathematical and scientific principles
School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences
Campus: City Campus
Program: C6068  Advanced Diploma of Computer Science
Course Contact: Raymond Rozen
Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4699
Course Contact Email: rar@rmit.edu.au
Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff
Nominal Hours: 60
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Prerequisites and Corequisites
MATH 7012C
Course Description
A selection of topics including,
Matrices and Simultaneous Equations
Vectors
Integral Calculus
Numerical Methods
Laboratory Techniques
Differential Equations
National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria
National Element Code & Title: 
VBP029 Design complex algorithms using mathematical and scientific principles 
Element: 
Apply mathematical/scientific method to the process 
Performance Criteria: 

Element: 
Identify the process for applying mathematical/scientific principles 
Performance Criteria: 

Element: 
Select appropriate mathematical/scientific method 
Performance Criteria: 

Element: 
Verify and interpret results 
Performance Criteria: 

Learning Outcomes
Apply mathematical/scientific method to the process
Identify the process for applying mathematical/scientific principles
Select appropriate mathematical/scientific method
Verify and interpret results
Details of Learning Activities
Lecturer Inputs:
All course content will be presented by the lecturer with worked examples of solutions to mathematical problems. The lecturer will provide assistance during class to assist students in their problem solving tasks.
Student Input: Students are required to:
attend all classes,
to complete assigned mathematical problems outside classes in order to improve their problem solving ability,
to complete all assessment tasks.
Teaching Schedule
Topic A Matrices and Simultaneous Equations
Topics Exercises
Definition of matrices,special matrices,addition and subtraction,scalar multiplication,multiplication of matrices, the transpose of a matrix, Week1
Set 1
Solving 2x2 simultaneous equations,algebraic,graphical methods, 2x2 determinants,and inverse of a 2x2 matrix Week 2
Set 2
3x3 matrices,determinants of 3x3,simultaneous equations in three unknowns, deducing the inverse matrix Week 3
Set 3,4
Gaussian elimination,solution of three equations in three unknowns,what happens when the determinant is zero, explanation of solutions. Week 4
Set 5
Finding inverses of 3x3 matrices, using Maple and calculators Week 5
Set 6
Topic B Vectors
Topics Exercises
To understand the differences between scalars and vectors, to be able to represent vectors as directed line segments, to be able to add and subtract
vectors diagrammatically, to understand the concept of the zero vector, to understand scalar multiplications of vectors. To be able to solve vector problems
using the sine and cosine rule. Week 6
Notes
To use the unit vectors to represent vectors in three dimensions, to use direction cosines, to find angles between vectors and the coordinates axes, to be able to resolve a vector parallel to the x and y axes, to solve vector problems using resolution of vectors.
Topic C Integral Calculus
Topics Exercises
To understand the basic rules for antidifferentiation. To integrate polynomial functions, To be able to determine the constant of integration
To evaluate definite integrals Week 7
Set 1, 2 3
To find the area bounded by a curve and the x axis, To determine areas between two curves Week 8
Set
To integrate basic trigonometric functions, To integrate basic exponential functions, Week 9
Set 5, 6
To integrate functions involving logarithms, Integration by recognition Week 10
Set 7,8
To use nonlinear substitutions to determine integrals, To evaluate definite integrals when using substitutions, To use the substitution
method or change of variable rule in integration. Week 11
Set 9, 10, 12
To use numerical methods such as the left and right, hand rule, the midpoint rule and trapezoidal rule, to approximate areas.
To use linear substitutions to determine integrals Week 12
Set 11
To determine volumes of solids of revolution, and find arc length of plane curves. Week 13
Topic D Differential Equations
Introduction to differential equations, solving de’s classification, general and particular solutions, integrating factor, first order homogeneous types Week 14
Applications of firstorder differential equations, electrical problems, growth and decay, acceleration and velocity problems Week 15
Topic E Numerical Methods
Topics Exercises
Solving nonlinear equations, the fixed point or simple iteration method, the NewtonRaphson method, Set 1
Numerical integration, left, right, midpoint, trapziodal, Simpon’s rule, Set 2
Numerical solutions to differential equations, Euler’s method Set 3
Topic E Laboratory Techniques ( Including Numerical Methods )
Topics Exercises
Review of Excel spreadsheets, Using Excel to sketch graphs of cubics and trigonometric functions. Introduction to maple, using maple to sketch graphs. Lab 1
Using Excel to do basic statistics, find the mean and standard deviation of both grouped and ungrouped data, constructing histograms and piecharts, simulation techniques, coin tossing and dice throwing. Lab 2
Using excel to sketch graphs of parametric equations and polar graphs. Lab 3
Using Excel to find determinants, using matrices to solve simultaneous equations in 3x3 , 4x4 and 5x5 cases.
Using maple to solve matrix equations and simultaneous equations. Lab 4
Numerical methods, using Excel to solve nonlinear equations, using the fixed point or simple iteration method, the NewtonRaphson method. Lab 5
Numerical methods using Excel to find definite integrals, Numerical integration, left, right, midpoint, trapezoidal, Simpson’s rule. Using Maple to evaluate definite integrals, including left, right and midpoint numerical methods. Lab 6
Numerical solutions to differential equations, Euler’s method. Using Maple to solve first order differential equations, including integrating factor and homogeneous types. Lab 7
Learning Resources
Prescribed Texts
References
Other Resources
References
Prescribed text: While there are no prescribed text for this course, a set of notes, problem sheets and booklets will be handed out to students.
Recommended texts
Any first year text, or Specialist Mathematics Year 12 text, covering matrices, vectors and calculus.
Thomas & Finney Calculus and Analytic Geometry Stewart J. Calculus
Overview of Assessment
The student must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of a particular competency to be deemed competent.
Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including written tests. There will be a Module Assignment, Laboratory Work and Final Theory Exam.
Assessment Tasks
Assessment
Assessment for this course, includes
1 x 3 hour End of Semester exam on topics A, B and C below 70%
Laboratory Work 20%
Two assignments worth 5% each.
You have to obtain a satisfactory standard on each aspect of the course to pass the entire course.
Assessment Matrix
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