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Concept MCQ

Before 11:00 Wednesday 23 October please, on your own, complete the following (click link). It is just six MCQ Questions.

Friday 25 October

No MATH7019 classes this coming Friday: we have already caught up with these classes in Week 5.

Assessment 1 – Results

I hope to have these with you at some stage this weekend.

Assessment 2

Assessment 2 is on p.137. It has a hand in date of Monday 18 November, Week 10, and you can already do all the questions. That gives you a month: no harm getting it done before the deadline.

Week 6

We finished looking at fixed end beams and then we looked at cantilevers.

We started looking at Euler’s Method. We had no Monday tutorial.

Week 7

In Week 7 we will look at the Three Term Taylor Method and begin Chapter 3 on Probability and Statistics. We should be able to have a tutorial on Monday.

Reading Week

Use this time wisely. There is nothing (perhaps other CA work) stopping you working on Assignment 2.

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Assessment 1

Three things must be submitted:

  • a soft,digital, copy of your Excel file MATH7019A1 – Your Name
  • a hard copy of your Excel file MATH7019A1 – Your Name
  • your written work

Email the soft copy to me.

Combine the second two elements into one report. Ideally the Excel work for Problem A near the written work for Problem A, etc. If this isn’t easy, maybe just put all the written work at the front, and all the Excel work at the back.

The assignment can be handed up during tutorial:

  • Today, 16:00-18:00 in B228, or
  • Tomorrow, 11:00-12:00 (A243L) or 12:00-13:00 (A213B)

Otherwise drop the assessment to my office A283. I will be here, tomorrow, Friday 11 October, until 17:30 sharp (which is the deadline).

Work assigned late will be awarded a mark of zero. Hand up what you have on time.

Week 5

We had an extra tutorial on Monday.

We then looked at more examples of simply supported beams before moving onto fixed-end beams.

Week 6

We will finish looking at fixed end beams before looking at cantilevers.

We will not have a tutorial on Monday.

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I am emailing a link of this to everyone on the class list every week. If you are not receiving these emails or want to have them sent to another email address feel free to email me at jpmccarthymaths@gmail.com and I will add you to the mailing list.

Assessment 1

Assessment 1 has been emailed to all of you.

Start ASAP.

The hand in date is next Friday 11 October 2019. I am happy so say that I can push the deadline out to 17:30 on FridayIf you don’t want to hand up your assignment in the Friday tutorial (or a class earlier that week), you can drop that afternoon to my office, A283.

Tutorials

The “your choice” split is working well and will continue.

We will also have an additional tutorial this coming Monday.

Tutorials are the most important thing in your learning.

 

Week 4

We did not have a tutorial on Monday, but instead ploughed into chapter two: we will hopefully start looking in particular at simply supported beams.

We also had a Concept MCQ on Chapter One on Thursday.

Week 5

We will have an extra tutorial on Monday. We will then look at more examples of simply supported beams before moving onto fixed-end beams.

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I am emailing a link of this to everyone on the class list every week. If you are not receiving these emails or want to have them sent to another email address feel free to email me at jpmccarthymaths@gmail.com and I will add you to the mailing list.

Assessment 1

Assessment 1 has been emailed to all of you.

Start ASAP.

The hand in date in Friday 11 October 2019. Work handed in late shall be assigned a mark of zero. The hand in time is presently 13:00 but this may be extended to later in that day.

Telegram App

For those who have already contacted me, I hope to have this set up for Monday.

If this is something you might be interested in, please download the Telegram app and set yourself up with an @ handle.

Tutorials

The “your choice” split worked well last week and we will continue it this week.

You choose to attend either tutorial:

  • 11:00 in A243L
  • 12:00 in A213B
Tutorials are the most important thing in your learning.

Week 3

We had a tutorial for the Monday lecture — on linear least squares.

Then we finished looking at Chapter 1, and started looking at Chapter 2: Differential Equations — with a particular emphasis on Beam Equations.

Week 4

We will probably not have a tutorial on Monday, but instead plough into chapter two: we will hopefully start looking in particular at simply supported beams.

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I am emailing a link of this to everyone on the class list every week. If you are not receiving these emails or want to have them sent to another email address feel free to email me at jpmccarthymaths@gmail.com and I will add you to the mailing list.

Manuals

The manuals are available in the Copy Centre. Please purchase ASAP. More information has been sent via email.

Telegram App

I am exploring the possibility of setting up a classroom group chat that would have the functionality of WhatsApp without having your phone number made public.

If this is something you might be interested in, please download the Telegram app and set yourself up with an @ handle.

Tutorials

There are two tutorial slots for MATH7019 this semester
Both Fridays:
  • 11:00 in A243L
  • 12:00 in A213B
Provisionally, you will be allowed attend either tutorial. The problem with this is that if everyone chooses to attend the 11:00 tutorial, this tutorial will be too full and you will not get the one-to-one help you need.
My hope is that some students recognise this and attend the 12:00 tutorial and perhaps we have something a large tutorial of perhaps <20 students at 11:00 and a smaller tutorial of perhaps <10 students at 12:00.
The students in the smaller tutorial will get more help.
We will try this for two weeks. This Friday might be a disaster (maybe not), and if next Friday is too I will do a split, and have the split alternative between 11/12 and 12/11.
I hope that is kind of clear. Tutorials are the most important thing in your learning.

Week 2

We introduced Lagrange Interpolation and Least Squares curve fitting. We spoke about the Pearson correlation coefficient. We started looking at non-linear models:

Y=a\,\theta_1(X)+b\,\theta_2(X)

Week 3

We will continue looking at non-linear models.

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I am emailing a link of this to everyone on the class list every week. If you are not receiving these emails or want to have them sent to another email address feel free to email me at jpmccarthymaths@gmail.com and I will add you to the mailing list.

Manuals

The manuals are available in the Copy Centre. Please purchase ASAP. More information has been sent via email.

Telegram App

I am exploring the possibility of setting up a classroom group chat that would have the functionality of WhatsApp without having your phone number made public.

If this is something you might be interested in, please download the Telegram app and set yourself up with an @ handle.

We might talk about this again next week.

FAO: Erasmus Students — Calculators

The Student Resources tab above contains some information about calculators.

Here is a list of some allowed and not allowed calculators.

If you have to purchase a calculator, my recommendation is that you purchase something like a Casio fx-83GT PLUS. This might be available in the CIT shop.

Tutorials

Tutorials, which are absolutely vital, start next week. There may be a split but this might not occur until Week 3.

Week 1

In week one we had one and a half classes. One half class was given over to a general overview of MATH7019 and we spent about an hour introducing the topic of Curve Fitting including Lagrange Interpolation.

Week 2

We will start talking about Least Squares curve fitting.

Quick Test: Academic Learning Centre

I would urge anyone having any problems with material that isn’t being addressed in the tutorials to use the Academic Learning Centre. If you are a little worried about your maths this semester, perhaps after the Quick Test or in general, you need to be aware of this resource. The timetable should be up some time next week.

You will get best results if you come to the helpers there with specific questions. Next week, some students will receive slips detailing areas of maths that they should brush up on.

Assessment 1

Assessment 1 will have a hand-in date the Friday of Week 5, 11 October. The Assignment is in the manual but I must also send on your personal data sets next week.

Study

Please feel free to ask me questions about the exercises via email or even better on this webpage — especially those of us who struggled in the test.

Student Resources

Please see the Student Resources tab on the top of this page for information on the Academic Learning Centre, etc.

Talk delivered to the Conversations on Teaching and Learning Winter Programme 2018/19, organised by the Teaching & Learning Unit in CIT (click link for slides):

Contexts and Concepts: A Case Study of Mathematics Assessment for Civil & Environmental Engineering

Mathematics Exam Advice

  • The first piece of advice is to read questions carefully. Don’t glance at a question and go off writing: take a moment to understand what you have been asked to do.
  • Don’t use tippex; instead draw a simple line(s) through work that you think is incorrect. 
  • For equations, check your solution by substituting your solution into the original equation. If your answer is wrong and you know it is wrong: write that on your script.

If you do have time at the end of the exam, go through each of your answers and ask yourself:

  1. have I answered the question that was asked?
  2. does my answer make sense? If no, say so, and then try and fix your solution.
  3. check your answer (e.g. for a fitted curve or beam function, input values and see do they make sense; substitute your solution into equations; check your answer against a rough estimate; or what a picture is telling you; etc). If your answer is wrong, say so, and then try and fix your solution.

Student Feedback

You are invited to give your feedback on my teaching and this module here.

Assessment 2

I am working my way through these. I promise you your final CA results before Monday morning.

Week 12

We finished off Chapter 4 by looking at Error Analysis, including rounding error. We had a tutorial for a lecture on Wednesday, and Thursday might allow some tutorial time.

Week 13

We will go through last year’s exam on the board and then I will answer your questions if there are any. If there are none I will help one-to-one. Usual class times and locations.

We will also have tutorials on Friday 14 December at the usual times and venue. If there aren’t too many students present (max 18), you can attend both tutorials.

Past exam papers (Winter and Autumn) may be found here.

Study

Please feel free to ask me questions about the exercises via email or even better on this webpage — especially those of us who struggled in the test.

Student Resources

Please see the Student Resources tab on the top of this page for information on the Academic Learning Centre, past exam papers, etc.

Student Feedback

You are invited to give your feedback on my teaching and this module here.

Assessment 2

I have started correcting these: I won’t make any promises but will do my utmost to have them to you as soon as possible, certainly sooner than the end of next week.

Week 11

We looked at more general Taylor Series: not just near a=0 — and also for functions of several variables. Here are some reasons why an engineer might be interested in Taylor Series of functions of several variables.

Week 12

We will finish off Chapter 4 by looking at Error Analysis, including rounding error. We should be able to hold an additional tutorial or two.

Week 13

We will go through last year’s exam on the board and then I will answer your questions if there are any. If there are none I will help one-to-one. Usual class times and locations.

We will also have tutorials on Friday 14 December at the usual times and venue.

Study

Please feel free to ask me questions about the exercises via email or even better on this webpage — especially those of us who struggled in the test.

Student Resources

Please see the Student Resources tab on the top of this page for information on the Academic Learning Centre, etc.

Assessment 2

Assessment 2 is on p.136.

  • The hand in deadline is 16:00 this Monday 26 November 2018.
  • Hand it at tutorial today — or 13:00 on Monday. Otherwise drop it into my office, A283. I should be here Monday 11:00-13:00, 14:00-15:00. Outside these times there should be someone in A283 who can let you in and leave your assignment on my desk.
  • Hand in whatever you have done by the deadline: work handed in late will be assigned a mark of zero.
  • Email me your Excel work.
  • Print off a hard copy of your excel and submit this with any other written work.
  • Further instructions in the manual.

Week 10

We began Chapter 4 with a Revision of Differentiation, and on Wednesday you had a tutorial to get up to grips with calculating derivatives.

We went on to look at at Maclaurin Series.

Week 11

We will look at more general Taylor Series: not just near a=0 — and also for functions of several variables.

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