Module Identifier MA22010  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr T McDonough  
Semester Semester 1  
Pre-Requisite MA10020  
Mutually Exclusive MA10410  
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 throughout the course)  50%
Supplementary Assessment2 Hours (practical openbook examination) Continuous assessment passed: same format as above. Otherwise, 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. Students will be given a basic introduction to the Unix operating system and its file editing facilities.


The aim of the module is 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 editingusing pico. Use of the various printer services. Saving the 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. Manipulating expressions. Basic language entities: numbers, names, strings. Assignments, Evaluation.
3. POLYNOMIALS: Expanding, factorising, finding coeffients, remainders and quotients. 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 Maple functions. Maple 2-D 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: Vector and matrix computation. 3-D plotting.

Reading Lists

** Supplementary Text
Burkhardt, W (1994) First Steps in Maple Springer 3540198741
Heal, K M et al (1998) Maple V Learning Guide Springer 038798397X
Israel, R B (1996) Calculus the Maple Way Addison-Wesley 0201828294


This module is at CQFW Level 5