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Computational Mathematics (MAS167)

Organisational Unit Information Technology, Mathematics and Statistics
Credit Points 3
Description In this unit, students will learn to use the prominent mathematical computer package MATLAB to perform basic mathematical procedures and to solve problems in the general area of discrete mathematics. Topics include: recurrence relations, solving equations graphically and iteratively, computer arithmetic, matrices and linear transformations of the plane, systems of linear equations, propositional and predicate logic, mathematical induction, Boolean algebra and logicnetworks.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit, you should be able to:
1. Formulate and use recursive definitions in various contexts and applications.
2. Write MATLAB programs to solve various mathematical and applied problems.
3. Perform base conversions and explain aspects of computer arithmetic.
4. Solve systems of linear equations.
5. Use matrix algebra and derive linear transformations of the plane.
6. Apply propositional logic to analyse the validity of arguments, express statements in predicate logic and use proof by mathematical induction.
7. Solve basic problems in Boolean algebra and represent a Boolean function as a logic network.
8. Appreciate the important role that computing has in mathematics and the essential importance of discrete mathematics for the foundations of computer science.
9. Present coherent written solutions to various problems related to the material in the Unit.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/tutorials/computer laboratories: 4 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is uses a combination of lectures, tutorials/computer lab and self-paced learning. The learning approach is very much problem based using a combination of theoretical and computational viewpoints to investigate and explore the unit material. This is done via examples in lectures and problem solving in tutorials/lab and assessments.
Assessment Your ability to solve relevant mathematical problems will be assessed at regular intervals during the semester via assignments, tutorial exercises (internal only), and a mid-semester test (internal only). These assessments are designed to allow you to demonstrate your ability in each of the content areas of the unit and to give you regular feedback on your progress, helping you to identify your areas of strength or weakness during the semester. Assignment solutions and results will be posted progressively on the Learning Management System.
The weightings for assessment items are as follows.
Assignments (5) - 15%
Tutorial Participation - 10%
Mid-Semester Test - 10%
Final Examination - 65%
Prerequisites MAS164 Fundamentals of Mathematics OR a final scaled score of 55% or more in WACE Mathematics 2C/2D OR a final scaled score of 50% or more in WACE Mathematics 3A/3B (or higher) OR equivalent.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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