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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, etc.

We started looking at where ordinary differential equations come into Engineering.

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

We will look at the Euler Method and then start looking at big \mathcal{O} notation and Taylor Series.

In VBA we will start programming the Euler Method.


The following is a proposed assessment schedule:

  1. Week 6, 20% First VBA Assessment, Based (roughly) on Weeks 1-4
  2. Week 7, 20 % In-Class Written Test, Based (roughly) 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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