ENGR222 (2021) - Computational Algebra and Calculus
This course will cover fundamental concepts in linear algebra and multivariable calculus and their applications to physical and engineering problems. Mathematical software will be used extensively. Topics covered will include dimensionality, linear transformations, matrix decomposition, Taylor series, calculus of vector-valued functions and calculus of two-variable functions.
Course learning objectives
Students who pass this course should be able to:
- Define fundamental concepts in linear algebra and multivariable calculus.
- Describe ways in which linear algebra and multivariable calculus can be used to model physical and engineering problems.
- Apply concepts and techniques in linear algebra and multivariable calculus to solve physical and engineering problems using software tools when appropriate.
Withdrawal from Course
Withdrawal dates and process:
This course will be taught using a combination of lectures and computer labs. There will be two 50-minute lectures per week for 12 weeks, and a 2-hour computer lab per week starting in Week 2. Lectures will be used to introduce fundamental concepts along with techniques for modelling and solving problems. The computer labs will be used to teach software tools that can model and visualise problems as well as compute solutions to them. The assignments will require use of the computer labs. If covid prevents attendance in person, provisions will be made for students to attend online.
Dates (trimester, teaching & break dates)
- Teaching: 22 February 2021 - 28 May 2021
- Break: 05 April 2021 - 18 April 2021
- Study period: 31 May 2021 - 03 June 2021
- Exam period: 04 June 2021 - 19 June 2021
Labs will start in Week 2, and are two hours a week.
Set Texts and Recommended Readings
There are no required texts for this offering.
Mandatory Course Requirements
There are no mandatory course requirements for this course.
If you believe that exceptional circumstances may prevent you from meeting the mandatory course requirements, contact the Course Coordinator for advice as soon as possible.
|Assessment Item||Due Date or Test Date||CLO(s)||Percentage|
|6 assignments, each requiring approximately 10 hrs work||TBC||CLO: 2,3||60%|
|Test (2 hour duration)||TBC||CLO: 1,2,3||20%|
|Test (2 hour duration)||TBC||CLO: 1,2,3||20%|
Late assignments are not marked.
Extensions must be asked for before the due date, and will be treated on a case by case basis by the lecturer. Assignments are due almost weekly so extensions can not be for more than a day or two.
Submission & Return
Assignment answers are to be submitted online by the due time using the link in the Blackboard menu. Marked assignments will be returned online to provide feedback on progress.
The first half of this course will be lectured remotely, using Zoom. Students may use Zoom to attend lectures live online, or they may attend at the lecture theatre in person where the Zoom session will be made available. The second six weeks will be lectured in the allocated lecture theatres, recorded to video and webcast using a Panopto setup (not Zoom) so that students can again attend in person or live online. All lecture videos are saved and available a few hours later via Blackboard. If Covid levels change, lectures will if necessary become online only, live and recorded.
The student workload for this course is 150 hours.
Communication of Additional Information
Information will be communicated to students by posting it on the Blackboard site, and sometimes by email.
Links to General Course Information
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- Terms and Conditions: https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/study/apply-enrol/terms-conditions/student-contract
- Turnitin: http://www.cad.vuw.ac.nz/wiki/index.php/Turnitin
- University structure: https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/about/governance/structure
- VUWSA: http://www.vuwsa.org.nz
Offering CRN: 33042
Prerequisites: (ENGR 121, 122) or (MATH 142, 151)
Duration: 22 February 2021 - 20 June 2021
Starts: Trimester 1