Week 2

In pre-recorded videos, we developed the Euler Method for approximating the solution of differential equations. As we will need Taylor Series to analyse the error in this approximation — and improve Euler’s Method — we started looking at that. We kind of rushed it, but we used it to analyse the Euler Method.

If you have not yet watched the video lectures please do so before Tuesday.

In VBA we started programming the Euler Method to solve the problem of a damper. We did MCQ 1. If you were missing you should do the two Excel (not VBA — you can do that next week) exercises on p.121-123.

MCQ 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. Students in red appear to not have a good handle on the material and should consider putting in extra time outside class in doing exercises (in the manuals).

The standings after Week 2:


Week 3

We will slow down a little and backtrack a little on Taylor Series and the Euler Method. When we have that done we will look at Huen’s Method.

In VBA we will finish off our Euler Method Lab and perhaps write a Newton Cooling programme. We should also have time for some theory revision as well as MCQ 2.


The following is a proposed assessment schedule. Please contact me if there are any problems with the Week 7 and 12 times.

  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. Melbourn Hall, Tuesday 10 March, 09:30-10:30
  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. Melbourn Hall, Tuesday 28 April, 15:00-17:00


Study should consist of

  • doing exercises from the notes
  • completing VBA exercises

Student Resources

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