# 2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

## MATH3476 Numerical Methods

### 15 creditsClass Size: 100

**Module manager:** Adrian Barker**Email:** a.j.barker@leeds.ac.uk

**Taught:** Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

**Year running** 2024/25

### Pre-requisite qualifications

COMP2421 or MATH2600 or MATH2601Module replaces

MATH3474**This module is not approved as a discovery module**

### Module summary

Ordinary and partial differential equations (ODEs and PDEs) are ubiquitous in the modelling of real problems arising in science, engineering and economics. However, only rarely can ODEs and PDEs be solved exactly in mathematical terms, and so approximate methods of solution are of paramount importance.The basic idea employed in this course is that of discretizing the original continuous problem to obtain a discrete problem, or system of equations, that may be solved with the aid of a computer.This course introduces the basic ideas underlying approximation and its application, via finite differences, to the solution of ODEs and PDEs. As part of the approximation process, numerical linear algebraic techniques are developed in order to provide calculable solutions to the discrete equations.### Objectives

**Learning outcomes**

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

- work independently to acquire an understanding of the relevant background theory and to apply theory to solve problems involving PDEs in practice;

- interpolate periodic and non-periodic data on a finite 1-D interval using minimax and Chebyshev approximation techniques; understand the Runge phenomenon; understand spectral accuracy;

- approximate partial derivatives by finite differences in both 1-and 2-D to pre-specified orders and accuracy

- set up and solve linear systems of simultaneous algebraic equations for 1- and 2-D elliptic Boundary Value Problems obtained using finite difference methods; compute numerically eigenvalues and eigenvectors of matrices.

- understand time-stepping methods so that they can solve PDE Initial Value Problems, relevant for the most important hyperbolic and parabolic PDEs arising in real-world problems.

### Syllabus

The following topics will be covered:

- Introduction to the canonical types of PDEs and examples of where they arise in real-world problems in science, engineering and economics

- Approximation Theory (Lagrange interpolation; interpolation errors; Chebyshev polynomials and interpolation)

- Numerical Differentiation (1-D finite differences of arbitrary order and accuracy; 2-D FD formulae)

- Elliptic PDEs and numerical linear algebra (sparse systems of linear equations and computational work; solution of elliptic Dirichlet and Neumann BVPs; eigenvalues and eigenvectors of matrices)

- Parabolic & hyperbolic PDEs and time-stepping methods for initial-value problems (1-D advection equation; errors; Fourier / von Neumann error decomposition; CFL condition)

### Teaching methods

Delivery type | Number | Length hours | Student hours |

Lecture | 22 | 1.00 | 22.00 |

Private study hours | 128.00 | ||

Total Contact hours | 22.00 | ||

Total hours (100hr per 10 credits) | 150.00 |

### Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Interaction with module manager through regular practical classes. Assessment of success on example sheets.### Methods of assessment

**Exams**

Exam type | Exam duration | % of formal assessment |

Open Book exam | 2 hr 00 mins | 100.00 |

Total percentage (Assessment Exams) | 100.00 |

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

### Reading list

There is no reading list for this moduleLast updated: 29/04/2024 16:16:33

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