Symbolic Computation Laboratory AS/SC/MATH2042.03


You will need an account on the acadlab system in T107 for this course. To get this account, first obtain an e-mail account from the Help Desk in the Steacie building. Then use this to get an acadlabs account using the Maya system in T107. It will take 24 hours to activate this account, so do this early.


The course meets in Steacie Lab T107 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 to 11:20 and again from 11:30 to 12:50. The course is intended to provide students with the opportunity to continue developing their skills in applying Maple's symbolic and numerical capabilites to solve problems in applied mathematics. The problems dealt with will require slightly more sophisticated mathematics than those considered in MATH2041. In particular, students will be able to test their understanding of ordinary differential equations, optimization problems in more than one variable and the method of Lagrange multipliers, multiple integration, Taylor polynomials and linear algbera. Topics from computer graphics and simulation will also be introduced.

The prerequisite for this course is MATH2041. The recommended text is Calculus the Maple Way by Robert Israel. Since the course is not based on formal lectures, the text will be used mostly as a source of examples and exercises. It is available in the campus book store.

The course mark will be based entirely on the number of assigned projects successfully completed. The possible grades for a submitted assignment are "A" (Acceptable), "B" (Barely acceptable) and "U" (Unacceptable). Although an assignment with a grade of either "A" or "B" will be deemed to have been successfully completed, students receiving a large number of "B" grades may be asked to write a final exam at the end of the term. There will also be two class quizzes. These will not play a role in calculating the final mark except in the case where a student's performance on the quiz does not correspond to marks obtained on submitted assignments. In such cases, the student in question will also be required to write a final examination.

The course requirements for each of the possible grades are outlined in the following marking scheme: