Undergraduate Course: Mathematics in Action B (MATH11181)
|School||School of Mathematics
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Year 5 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||NB. This course is delivered *biennially* with the next instance being in 2020-21. It is
anticipated that it would then be delivered every other session thereafter.
Mathematics is central to much of everyday life: it underpins digital communications,
internet searches, medical imaging, computer animations, weather and climate predictions
and many more technological advances. At the heart of this impact lies the capability of
mathematics to model complex systems, to process information and to provide solutions.
This course will introduce the key steps that lead from the formulation of mathematical
models to the development and implementation of numerical or analytical solutions. The
course will give the learner a hands-on experience of the practical use of mathematics and
empower them to apply their mathematical knowledge to real-world problems.
This outcome will be achieved in the context of a specific theme of contemporary interest
which varies from year to year. Examples of possible themes include: Mathematics of
Climate, Epidemics, Data Science, Mutations and Cancer, Complexity, and
Electromagnetics of Complex Materials
The course will be assessed continuously through regular assignments.
This course has a counterpart Mathematics in Action A (MATH11180) which runs in
alternate years. These courses are designed so that they can be taken in any order (they are
not pre-requisites for one another), and both can be taken, as the syllabus for each in
consecutive year will be different.
The theme will vary each session and may include :
- Simulating molecules of life
- Simulating fluid flows
- Understanding chaos
- Mathematical models of social systems
- Mathematics of climate
- Electromagnetics of complex materials
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students are advised to check that they have studied the material covered in the syllabus of any pre-requisite course listed above before enrolling
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 16,
Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 2,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 10,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Formulate mathematical models of simple systems.
- Develop methods of solution, analytical and numerical, for such models.
- Understand the main mathematical tool introduced within the theme, and apply it to problems related to the theme.
- Examine critically the assumptions underlying the relevant mathematical models and methods.
- Write structured reports on models, methods and results.
|This will vary according to the session's theme.|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Tom MacKay
Tel: (0131 6)50 5058
|Course secretary||Mr Martin Delaney
Tel: (0131 6)50 6427