APP MTH 4048 - Applied Mathematics Topic C - Honours
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code APP MTH 4048 Course Applied Mathematics Topic C - Honours Coordinating Unit School of Mathematical Sciences Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 2.5 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Restrictions Honours students only Course Description Please contact the School of Mathematical Sciences for further details, or view course information on the School of Mathematical Sciences web site at http://www.maths.adelaide.edu.au
Course Coordinator: Michael ChenThis is the same course as APP MTH 7044 - Applied Mathematics Topic C
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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.
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)
all 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
all 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
7 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
4,7 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
Recommended ResourcesT. 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 ModesThis 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
- develop models for real world applications;
- introductory perturbation methods;
- asymptotic techniques;
- multi-scale modelling and homogenisation theory.
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Component Weighting Objective Assessed Assignments/Project 30% all Exam 70% all
Assessment Related RequirementsAn aggregate score of 50% or more is required to pass the course.
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%
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Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M11 (Honours Mark Scheme) Grade Grade reflects following criteria for allocation of grade Reported on Official Transcript Fail A mark between 1-49 F Third Class A mark between 50-59 3 Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A First Class A mark between 80-100 1 Result Pending An interim result RP Continuing Continuing CN
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