APP MTH 7087 - Applied Mathematics Topic E
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2018
General Course Information
Course Code APP MTH 7087 Course Applied Mathematics Topic E Coordinating Unit School of Mathematical Sciences Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y 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 Chen
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Course Learning OutcomesIn 2018 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 length scales are important.
This course focusses on the development of ODE and PDE models for practical applications as well as their simplification and/or analysis with asymptotic techniques. Topics covered include: perturbations methods; boundary-layer theory; asymptotic matching; multi-scale analysis and homogenisation theory. Case studies will be used to demonstrate the utility of these techniques for problems from biology and industry.
Assumed knowledge: Modelling with ODEs. PDEs and Waves and Fluid Mechanics are both useful.
On successful completion of this course students will be able to
1. develop ODE and PDE models of real world problems using principles such as conservation of mass or momentum;
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
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- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
all 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
- 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.
Online LearningThis course uses MyUni for providing electronic resources, such as assignments and handouts, and for making course announcements. It is recommended that students make appropriate use of these resources. Link to MyUni login page: https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/webapps/login/
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course relies on lectures as the primary delivery mechanism for the material. Written assignments supplement the lectures by providing example problems to enhance the understanding obtained through lectures and 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 Lectures 30 90 Tutorials 6 18 Assignments 4 24 Project 1 24 Total 156
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 at least 50% is required to pass the course.
Assessment item Distributed Due date Weighting Assignment 1 Week 2 Week 4 5% Assignment 2 Week 4 Week 6 5% Assignment 3 Week 7 Week 9 5% Assignment 4 Week 9 Week 11 5% Project Week 6 Week 13 10%
SubmissionAll written assignments are to be submitted to the lecturer with a signed cover sheet attached. There will be a maximum two week turn-around time on assignments for feedback to students.
Late assignments will not be accepted, but students may be excused from an assignment for medical or compassionate reasons. In such cases, documentation is required and the lecturer must be notified as soon as possible before the fact.
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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
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