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Unit information: Numerical Analysis 23 in 2019/20

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Unit name Numerical Analysis 23
Unit code MATH30010
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Sieber
Open unit status Not open

MATH10003 Analysis 1A and MATH10006 Analysis 1B (or MATH10011 Analysis), MATH11007 Calculus 1 (or MATH10012 ODEs, Curves and Dynamics), and MATH11005 Linear Algebra and Geometry



School/department School of Mathematics
Faculty Faculty of Science


Unit Aims

To introduce students to the basics of numerical analysis; this is broadly the study of numerical methods for solving mathematical problems.

Unit Description

This unit is intended to serve as a first course in numerical analysis. As such the fundamental areas of root finding, numerical differentiation, numerical integration and solving ordinary differential equations will be covered. The emphasis will be to explore numerical techniques for solving these problems theoretically. Computer programming is not required for this unit.

Intended learning outcomes

At the end of this unit, students should be able to

  • solve nonlinear equations
  • numerically differentiate
  • evaluate complicated integrals and
  • estimate the solutions to ordinary differential equations to any required accuracy.

Transferable Skills: Computational techniques; interpretation of computational results; relation of numerical results to mathematical theory.

Teaching details

Lectures; weekly problem classes; theoretical and computational exercises to be done by students.

Assessment Details

The final assessment mark will be entirely based upon a 2 ½-hour examination

Reading and References


  • Richard L. Burden and J. Douglas Faires, Numerical Analysis, Brooks/Cole, 2005


  • Brian Bradie, A Friendly Introduction to Numerical Analysis, Pearson, 2006
  • Curtis F. Gerald and Patrick O. Wheatley, Applied Numerical Analysis, Addison-Wesley, 2004
  • Endre Süli and D.F. Mayers, An Introduction to Numerical Analysis, Cambridge University Press, 2003