In theory (see Learner Workload) you are supposed to spend seven hours per week on MATH7016. My recommendation is that you watch the lecture material (n/a in Week 1 if you attended the live lectures), then complete the lab, and if there is any time left over do the suggested theory exercises.

Week 1


We had two hours of Live Zoom. These should be recorded in “Zoom” on the left there.

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 erroraccuracy & precisioniterationconvergencemeshingerror, etc.

We looked at where ordinary differential equations come into Engineering, and we started talking about Euler’s Method.


Where you find the time to do your VBA Lab 1 is up to you but I recommend using the two hours on your timetable. If you are serious about MATH7016 you might need to spend more than two hours.

Theory Exercises and Q & A

p.17, Q.1-2

Q & A on these and any other MATH7016 topic next Tuesday 12.30 (waiting room open 12.25).

Week 2

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

Once I record the lectures I will put together a Week 2 announcement like this one.


I really have not yet thought about assessment but this is what I am thinking at the moment. This is provisional and subject to change.

  1. Week 6, 25% First VBA Assessment, Based (roughly) on Weeks 1-4
  2. Week 7, 25 % In-Class Written Test, Based (roughly) on Weeks 1-5
  3. Week 11, 25% Second VBA Assessment, Based (roughly) on Weeks 6-9
  4. Week 12, 25% Written Assessment(s), Based on Weeks 6-11


Study should consist of

  • doing exercises from the notes
  • completing VBA exercises

Student Resources

Please see the Student Resources  for information on the Academic Learning Centre, etc..