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.

If you have not completed Lab 1 (p.116), I recommend that you do at least up to the first Do-Loop exercise.

MCQ League

To add a bit of interest to the Ungraded Concept MCQs, I will keep a league table. There are cash prizes (€20, €10, €5) for first, second, and third at the end of the league.

Unless you are excelling, you are identified by the last five digits of your student number.

Please ask questions in the lab about questions you have gotten wrong.

The standings after Week 1:



Week 2 – STRIKE!

I would have planned to look at the Euler Method, and then start looking at big \mathcal{O} notation, and Taylor Series.

However due to the strike we did not have this class. Instead I have pre-recorded these lectures. You must watch these lectures before or on Wednesday 4 February. Please email me with any questions that you may have.

In VBA we will start programming the Euler Method. I am trying to postpone the DME2A and DME2B labs to Thursday. Watch your emails.

The DME2C lab will go ahead as normal on Friday.


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

Student Resources

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