Written Assessment 1

Written Assessment 1 takes place Tuesday 13 March at 09:00 in the usual lecture venue.

Here is a copy of last year’s assessment. This should give you an idea of the length and format but not what questions are coming up. There are far more things I could examine.

Roughly, everything up to p. 57 is examinable. More specifically:

Maclaurin/Taylor Series

Examples 1 & 2 on p. 17; Q. 1-2 on p.19

ODEs in Engineering

p.22, Example, Q. 1-4

Euler Method

p.29, Examples 1-4; p.38, Q. 1-6, 8-9; p.48, Q. 1, 5(a)

Three Term Taylor Method

p.35, Example; p. 36, Examples 1-2; p.38, Q. 6-7, 10-14; p.48, Q. 3

Heun’s Method

p.43, Examples 1-2; p.48, Q. 2, 4, 5(b)

Second Order Differential Equations

p.52, Example; p.54, Example; p. 56, Q. 1-14 (some repetition here).

VBA Assessment 1

VBA Assessment 1 will take place in Week 6, (6 & 9 March) in your usual lab time. You will not be allowed any resources other than the library of code (p.124) and formulae (p.123 parts 1 and 2) at the end of the assessment (both are provided on the assessment paper). More information in last week’s weekly summary.


Week 6

In lecture we took a very quick look at Runge-Kutta Methods. We also discussed  boundary value problems and the Shooting Method.

In the lab time you have/had your VBA assessment.


Week 7

In the first lecture you will sit your first written assignment. In the second lecture we will look more at boundary value problems. In VBA we will have to look at Runge-Kutta methods.


The following is the proposed assessment schedule:

  1. Week 6, 20% First VBA Assessment, More Info Below
  2. Week 7, 20 % In-Class Written Test, More Info in Week 5
  3. Week 11, 20% Second VBA Assessment, More Info in Week 9
  4. Week 12, 40% Written Assessment(s), More Info in Week 10


Study should consist of

  • doing exercises from the notes
  • completing VBA exercises

Student Resources

Please see the Student Resources tab on the top of this page for information on the Academic Learning Centre, etc..