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Aims: The first aim is to show how the computer may be used, throughout all of mathematics, to enhance understanding, make predictions, test hypotheses. This will be achieved primarily through eight hours of computer-based contact sessions.

Objectives: The module will be taught using Python (please note the recent change from Matlab). 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 and how to study statistical properties of sets of numbers.

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