APP MTH 4048 - Applied Mathematics Topic C - Honours
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022
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 This course is available for students taking an honours degree in Mathematical Sciences. The course will cover an advanced topic in applied mathematics. For details of the topic offered this year please refer to the Course Outline.
Course Coordinator: Professor Anthony RobertsThis is the same course as APP MTH 7044 - Applied Mathematics Topic C
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesIn 2020, the topic of this course is Modelling Emergent Dynamics in Complex Systems
In applying mathematics we have to choose a level of description, of modelling. This course explores the surprisingly subtle theoretical and practical connections between highly detailed, complicated, 'microscale' models and coarse, simple, 'macroscale' models. Further, much of the world around us evolves so that patterns emerge over time, whether coherent (stripes on a tiger, or quasi-stationary distributions) or incoherent (turbulence). We seek to find ways to mathematically model the macroscale coherent or incoherent behaviour that we see arising from microscale dynamics, and the relationship between them. What is the aggregate behaviour? How can the whole be more than the sum of its parts? This course explores how long lasting dynamics emerge after the decay of negligible transients. We find that coordinate transforms clearly separate transients from long-lasting dynamics, even stochastic. A range of examples illustrate that 'long lasting' and 'transient' are subjective decisions to take depending upon the application. Computer algebra handles the algebraic complexity. Starting from basic asymptotic perturbation methods, this course establishes theory and techniques of dimensional reduction for dynamical systems, and develops how these are applied in modelling dynamics in various scenarios. The detailed syllabus will be chosen interactively with students to reflect student projects and interests.
Assumed knowledge: Modelling with ODEs; PDEs & Waves is useful; linear algebra.
On successful completion of this course students will be able to
- use deep discipline knowledge of mathematical modelling to create asymptotic solutions;
- critically invoke theory and techniques of dimensional reduction for modelling to explore and solve problems in dynamical systems.
- interpret and communicate the modelling and analysis of systems.
- use paradoxes in modelling to become aware of subjectivity in modelling.
- develop knowledge of dynamics on networks and its potential implication for social networks.
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This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Required ResourcesAccess to the intranet.
- A. J. Roberts. Model emergent dynamics in complex systems. SIAM, Philadelphia, Jan 2015.
Online LearningThis course uses MyUni exclusively for providing electronic resources, such as lecture notes, assignment papers, and sample solutions. Students should make appropriate use of these resources.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course relies on lectures and exercises as the primary learning mechanism for the material. A sequence of homework, written, and/or online assignments provides assessment opportunities for students to gauge their progress and understanding.
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 Lecture classes 30 100 Assignments/assessment 5 56 Total 156
Learning Activities Summary
- basic asymptotic perturbation methods,
- theory and techniques of dimensional reduction for dynamical systems, and
- applications in modelling dynamics on a continuum and on network hierarchies.
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Component Weighting Objective assessed Assignments 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 2 week 3 6% Assignment 2 week 4 week 5 6% Assignment 3 week 6 week 7 6% Assignment 4 week 8 week 9 6% Assignment 5 week 10 week 11 6%
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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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