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Week 1

In Week 1, by briefly looking at a number of examples (many of which we have seen before), we had a review of some central ideas from approximation theory such as approximation, measurement error, accuracy & precision, iteration, convergence, meshing, error, big \mathcal{O} notation, etc.

In VBA we had a quick review lab, focussing on plotting data, command buttons, message boxes, input boxes, If-statements and do-loops.

Week 2

So that we would have met the Euler Method before the VBA lab, I probably should have spoken about the Euler Method before introducing big \mathcal{O}-notation… so we will try and introduce the Euler Method in the morning lecture. Then in the afternoon lecture we will go back to talking about Taylor Series.

In VBA we will start programming the Euler Method.


The following is a proposed assessment schedule:

  1. Week 6, 20 % In-Class Written Test, Based on Weeks 1-
  2. Week 7, 20% First VBA Assessment, Based on Weeks 1-5
  3. Week 11, 20% Second VBA Assessment, Based (roughly) on Weeks 6-9
  4. Week 12, 40% Written Assessment(s), Based on Weeks 1-11


Study should consist of

  • doing exercises from the notes
  • completing VBA exercises

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