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Module Title LH Engineering Mathematics 3
SchoolSchool of Engineering
Department Mechanical Engineering
Module Code 04 23779
Module Lead Sam Johnson and Galane Luo
Level Honours Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 2
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-40 hours
Tutorial-10 hours
Supervised time in studio/workshop-10 hours
Guided independent study-140 hours
Total: 200 hours
Description The aim of the module is to enhance the students' mathematical knowledge and confidence in preparation for the demanding applications of the final stage modules, and a possible research career involving engineering science. They will develop an understanding of the numerical techniques used within modern Finite Element Analysis computer packages and develop an understanding of the mathematical basis of many of the advanced systems of equations governing engineering problems.


1. Vector differential calculus:

review of vectors and geometry;

curvilinear coordinates;

review of grad, div, curl;

calculus for parametrised fields;

applications: PDE of physics and engineering.

2. Vector integral calculus:

line, surface, volume integrals

Stokes' theorem and Gauss' divergence theorem;

integro-differential identities;

applications: length, area, volume, mass, conservation laws.

3. Numerical methods:

Nonlinear iterations with application to root-finding methods:

Bisection method

fixed point iteration method;

secant and Newton's method;

interpolation by polynomials:

Lagrange and Hermite interpolation;

piecewise polynomial interpolation;

numerical integration:

Newton-Cotes rules;

Gauss quadratures;

product rules;

numerical methods for initial value problems

Euler methods;

explicit Runge-Kutta methods.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • By the end of the module the student should be able to:
  • Demonstrate proficiency in vector calculus, including a good understanding of 3D geometry, ability to evaluate line, surface and volume integrals as well as the ability to solve boundary value problems using some standard techniques.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a wide range of standard numerical techniques employed in mechanical and related engineering disciplines.
Assessment 23779-22 : Quiz 1 : Class Test (10%)
23779-23 : Quiz 2 : Class Test (10%)
23779-24 : Exam : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (80%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment:

Assessments: 20% Continuous assessment (comprising two class tests, 10% each). 80% by 2-hour closed book centrally timetabled exam in May/June assessment period if this is possible.


100% exam in the supplementary period
Other None
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