Module Identifier MA10410  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr T McDonough  
Semester Semester 1  
Pre-Requisite A-level Mathematics or equivalent.  
Course delivery Lecture   11 x 1 hour lectures  
  Practical   11 x 2 hour practical classes  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours (practical open book examination)  50%
Semester Assessment Assignment: 5 assignments (fortnightly through the course).  50%
Supplementary Assessment2 Hours Continuous assessment passed: same format as above; otherwise 2-hour practical examination (as above).  100%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, a student should be able to:

Brief description

The aim of this module is to create an awareness of the use of computers in the investigation of mathematical problems. This is achieved through a detailed study of the Maple symbolic algebra system. No prior knowledge of computing is required.


To create an awareness of the use of computers in the investigation of mathematical problems.


1. THE COLLEGE COMPUTING NETWORK: The Unix operating system. File creation and editing using pico. Use of the various printer services. Saving data generated by an interactive computing session. Commands with input from a file and output to a file.
2. INTRODUCTION TO MAPLE: Maple as a simple interactive calculator. Basic language entities: numbers, names, strings. Expressions, simplification and evaluation. Assignments.
3. POLYNOMIALS: Expanding, factorising, finding coefficients, remainders and quatients. Sequences, lists and sets. General expression manipulation, substitution.
4. BASIC CALCULUS: Differentiation. Integration, indefinite and definite. Ranges in Maple. Controlling the accuracy of approximate calculations. Taylor expansions.
5. FUNCTIONS AND GRAPHS: Simple one-line functions in Maple. 2-dimensional plotting facilities: X-Maple. Graphs of functions.
6. EQUATION SOLVING: Solutions of algebraic and transcendental equations, exact and approximate.
7. MORE ADVANCED FUNCTIONS: Boolean expressions. Selection statements. Repetition statements. The Maple procedure definition. Recursive procedures.
8. FURTHER TOPICS: Selected functions from Maple packages.

Reading Lists

** Supplementary Text
W Burkhardt (1994) First Steps in Maple. Springer 0387198741
K M Heal et al. (1998) Maple V Learning Guide. Springer 038798397X
M B Monagan et al. (1998) Maple V Programming Guide Springer 0387983988
M H Holmes et al. (1993) Exploring Calculus with Maple Addison-Wesley 0201526166
R Parker (1997) Maple for... Trigonometry / Algebra / Calculus Delmar Publishers 0827374097
W C Bauldry, B Evans & J Johnson (1995) Linear Algebra with Maple J Wiley 0471063681
R B Israel (1996) Calculus the Maple Way Addison-Wesley 0201828294


This module is at CQFW Level 4