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MT1008 MATHEMATICAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGYThis module provides an introduction to the use of Information Technology in Mathematical Science. The topics covered include basic IT skills, data handling and analysis, and the use of a computational algebra package such as MAPLE. Students will undertake small projects and present short written reports. No previous knowledge of computing is required. Aims to develop skills in the use of information technology and mathematical and statistical software for solving scientific problems; to develop understanding of the computational, mathematical and statistical techniques necessary for the use of such software;  to show the effectiveness and limitations of such software.
ObjectivesBy the end of the module a student should have: learned to use the application packages appropriate to wordprocessing (with emphasis on processing mathematical text), graphics and spreadsheets;  learned to use a statistical package such as R;  learned to use a computer algebra package such as Maple.
SyllabusIntroduction to MicroSoft Word, LaTeX and Excel
Symbolic Computation
Data analysis TextbooksThe university has a site licence for Maple, and students may put it up on their own machines.The statistical package R can be obtained free of charge from: CRAN Summaries and handouts are provided. Lectures, practicals and tutorialsLectures are held in the Microlab.There are four lectures, one class test, one tutorial and one practical each week. Assessment100% of the mark is from continuous assessment during the semester.Reassessment is by resubmission of appropriate project work and/or resit of class test(s). PrerequisitesHigher or Alevel MathematicsAntirequisitesCS1002 or CS1006 or any 2000level CS moduleAvailabilityThis module is taught every year in Semester 1 at 11.00.LecturersDr D H Mackay (Module coordinator), Dr S E King, Dr V PopovClick here for access to past examination papers for this module.
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