MA124 Mathematics by Computer
Lecturer: Richard Lissaman and Marya Bazzi
Term(s): Term 1 and 2
Status for Mathematics students: Core for Maths
Commitment: One lecture per week with one 1hour help class per week
Assessment: The material learnt in the contact sessions will be assessed through five assignments, counting for 100% of the total mark
Formal registration prerequisites: None
Assumed knowledge: None, other than that already covered in core firstyear mathematics modules
Useful background: Prior experience with Python or other programming languages will be useful
Synergies: The assignments will make contact with material from other firstyear mathematics modules, in particular:
Leads to: The following modules have this module listed as assumed knowledge or useful background:
 MA261 Differential Equations: Modelling and Numerics
 MA398 Matrix Analysis and Algorithms
 MA4M1 Epidemiology by Example
By the end of the module you will find the computer to be a tool that can aid you throughout your life as a mathematician and, in particular, in many modules you will take at Warwick. Specific modules which might use Matlab include: MA261 Differential Equations: Modelling and Numerics, MA398 Matrix Analysis and Algorithms, MA3H7 Control Theory. But you should think of your computing skills as a powerful resource to be used, potentially, at any time.
Aims:
The first aim is to show how the computer may be used, throughout all of mathematics, to enhance understanding, make predictions and test ideas.
Objectives:
The module will be taught using Python. Through using this language you will be introduced to the rudiments of computer programming.
You will learn how to graph functions, study vectors and matrices graphically and numerically, how to iterate and use iteration to study sequences and series, how to solve algebraic and differential equations numerically, how to use symbolic algebra in Python as well as some statistical techniques.
Books:

 M Lutz, Learning Python, O'Reilly Media Inc., 3rd edition, 2007, ebook here
 JV Guttag, Introduction to Computation and Programming Using Python, MIT Press, 2nd edition, 2016, ebook here