Basics of Mathematical Software
Structure Type:  Course 
Code:  IST2001 
Type:  Compulsory 

Level:  Bachelor 
Credits:  3.0 points 
Responsible Teacher:  Mäkelä, Jarmo 

Language of Instruction:  Finnish 
Course Implementations, Planned Year of Study and Semester
Curriculum  Semester  Credits  Start of Semester  End of Semester 
TT2016 
2 autumn 
3.0 


ST2016 
1 autumn 
3.0 


ST2017 
1 autumn 
3.0 


TT2017 
2 autumn 
3.0 


Learning Outcomes
Modern engineering work requires the use of a variety of mathematical software on daily basis. In this course, we become familiar with Mathcad and Matlab. By using the software, contents of other mathematics courses are revised (and partly introduced), including some key concepts of statistical analysis.
Student's Workload
81 h, which includes 42 h of scheduled contact studies at VAMK and 24 h at UVA.
Contents
How to produce text with the software, how to use the software as a calculator. Expressions including parameters. How to produce graphs. Numerical solution of an algebraic equation and of a system of equations. Matrices, how to solve linear systems of equations with matrices. Vectors, complex numbers, numerical differentiation and integration, Newton’s method. How to find extrema of a function. Numerical solution of an ordinary differential equation (Euler, Runge and Kutta), Fourier’s series, how to determine the coefficients of a series. How to fit a straight line or a parabola, or an arbitrary parametric curve through data points. Symbolic calculations.
Recommended or Required Reading
Material prepared by the teacher.
Mode of Delivery / Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Lectures, exercises.
Assessment Criteria
Grade 5: The student is able to solve problems creatively in almost all the contents of the course.
Grade 3: The student can solve applied problems related with the central contents of the course.
Grade 1: The student can solve basic problems on the central contents of the course.
Assessment Methods
Homework exercises, assignments, an examination.
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