Symbolic Computation Laboratory AS/SC/MATH2042.03




There will be a quiz Tuesday Feb 26.

There is only one section of the course which meets in the Gauss Lab S110Ross on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30-2:30. 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. In particular, the course will concentrate on using Maple to implement various mathemtical modeling techniques.

The problems dealt with will require slightly more patience than those considered in MATH2041.  They are longer, require more effort, and the mathematics involved is sometimes more sophisticated.  A goal of this class is to develop long term project solving skills.  Students will be able to test their understanding of ordinary differential equations and linear algebra as well as be introduced to topics from computer graphics and simulation.

The prerequisite for this course is MATH2041. A corequisite course in differential equations is also required. Since the course is not based on formal lectures, the text will be used mostly as a source of examples and exercises.  If you want help on writing functions I have included an online FAQ and we will discuss this subject more in class.

Learn to use the online help command in Maple.
It is the easiest and most useful reference available to you.

The course mark will be based mostly on assigned projects. Unlike the grading scheme for MATH 2041, submitted assignments will receive a number grade and the sum of all number grades obtained will form the basis for the final mark.  Like with MATH 2041, if you are unsatisfied with the mark that you are given for the assignment you may resubmit it with the suggested improvements.  I will however keep the assignment until the end of the term once it is in an acceptable form. There will be no final exam for this course but (at least) two times during the term there will be quizzes.

There are some siginficant differences with grading scheme for the previous course.  Projects are to be clearly explained and time should be spent to make them really look nice.  You will read the projects for this course and realize that what is expected to complete the assignment is not clearly defined.  In several of these problems there are several ways of arriving at a solution and so no two projects should look anything alike.

Grading scheme:
A- Awsome.  There are some really cool ideas here that no one else thought of that helped solve this problem in a unique way.  The explanations are clear and simple.  The solution went way beyond what was described in the problem.
B- Better than average.  Not only were the questions stated in the problem answered, but related ideas were discussed too.  Everything was explained well and how the problem was solved was addressed.
C- Satisfactory.  Everything in the assignment was answered, but not much more.  The exposition was readable.
Below a C=U Needs work.  Make the necessary changes.  This grade may be issued simply because there a few things incorrect and should be changed or certain aspects of the problem were not addressed.

With the projects in math 2041, each person in a group was required to hand in a separate paper copy of the projects.  In this class I suggest that each group of 2 or 3 hand in a single assignment.  If you are not planning to resubmit the assignment, I will keep the final copy for my records and return to
each group only a grade record.

It is not recommended that you work alone in this class.  If you are having trouble finding someone to work with, talk to me and we will find a group.  It is also important that everyone in a group contribute relatively equally, hence class participation is manditory.  If groups of 3 are too large, then I expect that on subsequent projects they will split up.  I reserve the right to disband or rearrange groups if I feel they are not working as expected.
Do NOT attempt more than one project at a time, but you may work on the projects in any order.  Only one assignment may be turned in during any one week period.  This is to prevent last minute rush jobs.
  • First class: January 3, 2001
  • First quiz: January 6, 2001
  • Last day to hand in work for the first time: April 2, 2001
  • Last day of class: April 4, 2001 (also Passover)

A component of the grade will be class participation.

I will be required to assign everyone in the class a grade at the end of the term.  If I feel that a student has not fulfilled this requirement then I reserve the right to hold a final exam.

The assignments which comprise the course requirements are outlined below:

You are required to do 4 of the 5 projects listed above, however completing all five projects will improve your grade (it is possible to get an A if 4 of the 5 projects are done absolutely perfectly).


Mike Zabrocki
Math 2042- Winter 2001