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Assignment 1

Assignment 1 has a hand-in time and date of 11:00 Thursday 27 February (Week 5).

See the Week 2 Summary for more.

One final warning: do not give your work to others to copy. If there is a lack of originality of presentation I will be dividing marks between those who copy each other and the person who did the original work will be penalised along with those who copy them.

Note in particular:

  • Work submitted after the deadline will be assigned a mark of ZERO. Hand up whatever you have on time.
  • Only Partial Pivoting has to be done using Excel.
  • Note that if you are doing Gaussian Elimination by hand you must use exact fractions and square roots rather a decimal approximation.
  • I advise that you do the questions out roughly first because small mistakes are inevitable.

THIS IS A LEARNING ACTIVITY NOT JUST A GRADED ACTIVITY. THE CHAPTER ONE EXAM QUESTION IS WORTH 24.5% OF YOUR FINAL GRADE WHILE THIS ASSIGNMENT IS WORTH JUST 15%. THINK ABOUT WHAT THIS MEANS.

Regarding Problem F, Assignment 1, on P.66 of the manual. The intention with Problem F really is for you to engage in some problem solving skills to come up with a clever way of implementing the Jacobi Method in Excel.
It should still be doable by hand but if it takes a large number of iterations to converge (to two significant figures), Excel is far more suitable.
It is possible that it could take a small number of iterations to converge to two significant figures (say two or three iterations) — which is no problem by hand — but potentially it could take more (at least six). I don’t really want people spending loads of time doing iterations by hand, so I will give 3/4 marks for Q. 2 if you do six iterations by hand. If you want to keep going – by hand – until convergence (to two significant figures) you can of course get the 4/4 marks – but you need to ask yourself is it worth your time to keep going for the sake of one mark (out of 60… out of 15% —- that is 0.25% of your final grade).
If it converges with fewer than six iterations then happy days for you, you can get 4/4.
If it doesn’t, you might be better off trying to come up with a way of doing the question in Excel if you really want all the marks.
You can still answer part Q. 3 if you do six iterations and do not yet have convergence.

Week 4

I was late on Monday… so we had a tutorial instead of a lecture.

We had another tutorial Wednesday AM.

We worked on Chapter 2 Wednesday PM and Thursday.

09:00 Wednesday 26 February

We will not have class 09:00 on Wednesday. Instead we will have class at 09:00 on Thursday, provisionally in B185. Watch this space.

Week 5

We will hopefully finish off our work on the method of undetermined coefficients between Monday and Wednesday PM. We will have two hours of tutorial on Thursday morning before the Assignment 1 deadline of 11:00.

Study

Please feel free to ask me questions about the exercises via email or even better on this webpage.

Student Resources

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