VBA Assessment 1 – Week 6

DME2C have their VBA Assessment 1 Friday 09:00-11:00 and this will run 09:05-10:55

More information in last week’s summary.

Written Assessment 1 – Week 7

20 % Written Assessment, based on Weeks 1-5.

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 but not including Runge Kutta Methods (p.68).

Note the venue and time: Melbourn Hall, Tuesday 10 March, 09:30-10:30

Week 6

After finishing talking about Runge-Kutta Methods, we looked at boundary value problems (in particular the Shooting Method).

In VBA we had VBA Assessment 1.

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).

No MCQ this week with the VBA assessment:


Week 7

As the Written Assessment runs from 09:30 to 10:30, we will cut the VBA lab to an hour and ten minutes. This lab is based on Runge Kutta methods, and will not be examined in VBA 2, but an understanding of Runge Kutta is important for Written Assessment 2, and this lab should help in that respect.

Therefore our lab times this week are:

  • DME2B: Tuesday 10:45 – 11:55
  • DME2A: Tuesday 15:05 – 16:15
  • DME2C: Friday 09:05-10:15

In the 12:00 lecture we will do a (written) Shooting Method example and then look at Goal Seek for boundary value problems.

In VBA we will also have MCQ V.

Week 8

Unfortunately for us, St Patrick’s Day falls on a Tuesday.

I am unable to let these hours go: I will once again pre-record two video lectures, and the labs are postponed to Thursday 19 March:

For DME2A, who normally have their lab 15:00-17:00 on Tuesdays, will, this week only, have their lab:
  • Thursday 15:00-17:00 in A214
For DME2B, who normally have their lab 10:00-12:00 on Tuesdays, will, this week only, have their lab:
  • Thursday 11:00-13:00 in A269
DME2C will have their lab Friday morning as usual.
All students should watch the pre-recorded Week 8 lectures before their lab.


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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