I am emailing a link of this to everyone on the class list every week. If you are not receiving these emails or want to have them sent to another email address feel free to email me at jpmccarthymaths@gmail.com and I will add you to the mailing list.

Assessment 1

Assessment 1 has been emailed to all of you. The hand in date in Friday 17 October. Late handed in late shall be assigned a mark of zero.

  • I want you to read the first page carefully. When you start getting down to actually doing the assignment, read the problems carefully
  • the purpose of this assignment is to help with your understanding of the material and hopefully this will end up with you being proficient in its use and able to do well in the final exam
  • you should start right now because you only have one week to complete the assignment. The hand in date is Friday 17 October.
  • yes you can ask me questions about the assignment before, after and sometimes during class (if ye are working on a problem). Also you can ask me questions via email.
  • if you are having problems using Microsoft Excel then you are to email me ASAP and arrange to visit me in my office. You will bring your work on a memory key and we will sort it out
  • The assignment is worth 15%. The question on the final paper will be worth 25% of the 70% — which is 17.5% — on offer on the final paper. Do a good job with this assignment and you should do well on Q.1 on the paper and you might just have 32.5% in the bag before we go onto more technical stuff.
  • MOST IMPORTANTLY — you are welcome to work together. All of you have different data so none of you will have the same answers. Therefore you cannot copy each other. The best way to learn is by teaching.
  • Work submitted after 12:00 on Friday 17 October will be assigned a mark of zero. Hand up whatever you have on time.

Week 6 Timetable

There are no classes on Friday 24 October (Week 6) however we cannot really afford to lose two classes.
Therefore I have made room bookings for earlier in Week 6 so that we don’t lose out.
You will therefore have two additional classes in Week 6:

Tue 21st Oct




Wed 22nd Oct



Repeat Students — particularly EXAM ONLY

There have been some changes made to MATH7019

– Second Order Linear Ordinary Differential Equations have been moved to MATH7021 and are no longer studied in MATH7019

 – The chapter on Curve Fitting from MATH7021 has been introduced into MATH7019 however forward difference methods have been dropped altogether. The correlation coefficient has been added to this chapter. This material is being done first and will be completed by or in Week 3.

 – Cantilevers have been added to the section on beam equations

 – Regarding the chapter on Further Calculus, reviews of calculus topics have been spread out throughout the module

 – No change to the chapter on Statistics

To find out the exact syllabus please consult the module descriptor.  


The manuals are priced at  €14 and are available in the Reprographic Centre.

Week 4

In Week 4 we continued with the second chapter on Differential Equations — with a particular emphasis on Beam Equations.

Week 5

In Week 5 we will continue with second chapter on Differential Equations — with a particular emphasis on Beam Equations.

Quick Test: Academic Learning Centre

I would urge anyone having any problems with material that isn’t being addressed in the tutorials to use the Academic Learning Centre. As you can see the timetable is quite generous. You will get best results if you come to the helpers there with specific questions.

Based on the results of the Quick Test, I have already advised some of ye to attend the Academic Learning Centre.

Assessment 2

Assessment 2 will have a hand-in date in Week 10. Expect to see the assignment around Week 7.


Please feel free to ask me questions about the exercises via email or even better on this webpage — especially those of us who struggled in the test.

Math.Stack Exchange

If you find yourself stuck and for some reason feel unable to ask me the question you could do worse than go to the excellent site math.stackexchange.com. If you are nice and polite, and show due deference to these principles you will find that your questions are answered promptly. For example this question about the delta function.

Maths Online & Wolfram Alpha

If you are subscribed to CIT MathsOnline you will have free access to the mathematical software package Maple:

Self-enrolment for Maths Online

1.           Log into Blackboard Learn

2.           Click on the Courses tab button at the top of the screen. Go to Course Search and type Maths Online in the box.

3.           Once you’ve found the course, click on the action link button next to the course and click on Enrol. This should take you to the Self Enrolment page.

4.           Your Access Code is mathsonline (lower case, no spaces).

5.           After you’ve finished click Submit. You should now see a message that says your enrolment was successful.

Once you’ve enrolled, you can download Maple by selecting the Mathematical Software tab in the left hand column and following the instructions under the Maple item.

I myself am not a Maple expert but ‘grew up’ with another mathematical software package MathematicaMathematica powers the “computational knowledge engine” WolframAlpha. Go on ask it a question!

Additional Notes: E-Books

If you look in the module descriptor, you will see there is some suggested reading. Of course I think my notes are perfect but if you can look here, search for ‘glynn advanced modern engineering math’ you will see that the library have an E-Book resource.


Please note the following taken from the CIT code of conduct for CIT examination candidates:

Where a pocket calculator is used it must be silent, self-powered and non-programmable. 

It may not be passed from one candidate to another. Instructions for its use may not be 
brought into the Examination Hall. 
The term ‘programmable’ includes any calculator that is capable of storing a sequence of 
keystrokes that can be retrieved after the calculator is turned off or powers itself off. Note that the 
capacity to recall, edit and replay previously executed calculations does not render a calculator 
programmable, provided that this replay memory is automatically cleared when the calculator is 
powered off. Also, the facility to store numbers in one or more memory locations does not render 
a calculator programmable. 
Calculators with any of the following mathematical features are prohibited: 
• Graph plotting 
• Equation solving 
• Symbolic algebraic manipulation 
• Numerical integration 
• Numerical differentiation 
• Matrix calculations 
Calculators with any of the following features are prohibited 
• Data Banks 
• Dictionaries 
• Language translators 
• Text retrieval 
• Capability of remote communication