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.120), I recommend that you do at least up to the first Do-Loop exercise to get you back in the VBA groove.

Week 2

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

In VBA we will start programming the Euler Method.


See Canvas for the assessment schedule. There will be more information on assessments the Friday of the week two before the assessment week (i.e. info on Friday of Week 4 about the Week 6 assessment)


Study should consist of

  • doing exercises from the notes
  • completing VBA exercises

Student Resources

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