APP MTH 7044 - Applied Mathematics Topic C

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019

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  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code APP MTH 7044
    Course Applied Mathematics Topic C
    Coordinating Unit Mathematical Sciences
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assessment Ongoing assessment, Exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Michael Chen

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    In 2019 the title of this course will be: Practical asymptotics

    Differential equation models of real world problems are often very complex. Perturbation methods and asymptotic techniques can be used to systematically derive simpler versions of these models by exploiting the presence of small (or large) parameters; the idea being that the new model is mathematically tractable and still describes the behaviour of the original. This is useful, for example, in problems which involve slender geometries, or for situations where both small and large time scales are important.

    This course is a broad introduction to asymptotic techniques and their application. Topics covered include: asymptotic evaluation of integrals; perturbations methods; boundary-layer theory; asymptotic matching; multi-scale analysis and asymptotics beyond all orders. Case studies will be used to demonstrate the utility of these techniques for problems from fluid mechanics, biology and industry.

    Assumed knowledge: Necessary material from previous courses will be briefly revised (solution of ODEs & PDEs; applied complex variables). Some MATLAB (or similar) is helpful, but not essential.

    Learning outcomes

    On successful completion of this course students will be able to
    1. develop ODE and PDE models of real world problems;
    2. understand the concept and properties of an asymptotic expansion;
    3. derive reduced models via asymptotic and perturbation methods, and construct solutions;
    4. interpret model solutions in terms of a physical problem.

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Recommended Resources
    T. Witelski, M. Bowen, Methods of Mathematical Modelling: Continuous Systems and Differential Equations, Springer, 2015. (electronic version available from UoA library)

    C.M. Bender, S.A. Orszag, Advanced Mathematical Methods for Scientists and Engineers I: Asymptotic Methods and Perturbation Theory, Springer, 1999.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course relies on lectures as the primary delivery mechanism for the material. Three written assignments will help students to gauge their progress and understanding of the course.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Activity   Quantity Workload Hours
    Lectures 30 90
    Tutorials 6 18
    Assignments 5 40
    Project 1 8
    Total 156
    Learning Activities Summary

    Learning activities summary

    1. develop models for real world applications;
    2. introductory perturbation methods;
    3. asymptotic techniques;
    4. multi-scale modelling and homogenisation theory.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Component Weighting Objective Assessed
    Assignments/Project 30% all
    Exam 70% all
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment item Distributed Due date Weighting
    Assignment 1 Week 1 Week 3 5%
    Assignment 2 Week 4 Week 6 5%
    Assignment 3 Week 7 Week 8 5%
    Assignment 4 Week 9 Week 10 5%
    Assignment 5 Week 10 Week 12 5%
    Project Week 6 Week 13 5%
    Failure to meet a deadline without a reasonable and verifiable excuse may result in a significant penalty.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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