(Third year module given in the Autumn term.)
Lecturer. Simon Malham, Room CM T.21, Mathematics Department.
Contact. email: firstname.lastname@example.org and tel: 0131 451 3254.
Lectures. Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 1:15pm.
Tutorials. One a week: Tuesday at 2:15pm.
Webpages. This course homepage where you can download lecture notes, further handouts, solutions to the exercises, Maple or Mathematica worksheets and other stuff is:
More information about the module can be found at:
which can also be reached from the Mathematics Department's Homepage --> Teaching --> Information for students already on course --> Modules mainly taken by Mathematics and AM&S students.
Course aims and objectives. To introduce techniques of asymptotic approximation for the solution of algebraic and differential equations and for the evaluation of integrals.
Assessment. The continuous assessment consists of a one hour midterm exam counting for 15 percent of the final mark (date to be announced) and a two-hour final exam at the end of term which counts for 85 percent of the course mark.
There is a resit in August/September for the ordinary course. The resit assessment is purely on the basis of a two-hour exam.
Calculators. In the final exam you will only be allowed to use either the Casio fx-85WA or fx-85MS. This is a University regulation. Personally, I do not think you will need a calculator in the Asymptotic Analysis exam.
Contract. Students are expected to read the notes in this booklet before, during and after the lectures and tutorials. Lectures will act as a more formal forum for the lecturer to explain the ideas of the course and give alternative examples, whilst tutorials will take a less formal and more personal form. There are starred exercises on problem sheets 1--7 and students must attempt these. Mathematics is best learned through grappling with the underlying ideas presented in lectures and then tackling problems given in the exercises.
You cannot learn to swim by reading a book about it!
Hence try the exercises, and if you get stuck, ask the lecturer either after a lecture, during the tutorials or during the office hours. It is vital that you can solve problems proficiently. If you need help, then
Ask, ask, ask!
Office hours. Once a week; we'll try to agree on these in the first week of term.
Attendance sheets. Students will be required to sign an attendance sheet with their initials in every lecture and tutorial. If any one student misses three consecutive such contact events, or more than one-third of them overall up until that date, then their personal mentor will be contacted.
Evaluations. At the end the course students will have an opportunity to fill out formal university evaluations on the course.
Books. The two main recommended books are Bender and Orszag and Hinch (see the bibliography of the main notes for details).
PDF files are recommended for printing. denotes files not yet available.
Syllabus for 2004 (from the official department module pages)
|Series and power series|
|Maple worksheet (.mws Maple file)|
|General polynomial and transcendental equations (non-examinable)|
|Chemical reaction kinetics (non-examinable)|
Problem sheets and solutions. The solutions will be made available as the course progresses.
|Taylor series and order notation||14th Oct||Solutions 1|
|Regular perturbation problems||21st Oct||Solutions 2|
|Singular perturbation problems||28th Oct||Solutions 3|
|Asymptotic series||4th Nov||Solutions 4 2nd part|
|Laplace integrals||11th Nov||Solutions 5|
|Method of stationary phase||18th Nov||Solutions 6|
|Modelling||25th Nov||Solutions 7|
Movies. These are the matlab source files for the movies shown during the course. Download them and use them freely.
|Taylor series approximations of sin(x)|
|Taylor series approximations of log(x)|
|Asymptotic approximations of the roots of a quadratic function|
|Asymptotic approximations of the roots of a cubic function|
|Method of stationary phase|
Exam papers. Hardcopies of solutions for the December 2001 -- December 2003 papers can be obtained from me in SRG04. We will discuss these past papers in week 9 during the usual lecture times.
|Oct 1st||-||Series revision|
|Oct 2nd||-||Power series revision|
|Oct 5th||1||Order notation|
|Oct 8th||2.1||Regular perturbations (expansion method)|
|Oct 9th||2.1||Regular perturbations (iteration method)|
|Oct 12th||2.1||Regular perturbations (non-integral powers)|
|Oct 15th||2.2||Singular perturbations|
|Oct 16th||2.2||Singular perturbations (transcendental equation)|
|Oct 19th||3.1||Asymptotic series|
|Oct 22nd||3.2/3.3||Asymptotic expansions and Properties of AEs|
|Oct 23rd||3.3||Properties of AEs (continued)|
|Oct 26th||3.4||Asymptotic expansions of integrals|
|Oct 29th||4/4.1||Laplace's method|
|Oct 30th||4.1||Laplace's method and Stirling's formula|
|Nov 2nd||4.2||Watson's lemma|
|Nov 5th||5||Method of stationary phase|
|Nov 6th||5||Method of stationary phase (continued)|
|Nov 12th||-||Mathematical modelling 1|
|Nov 13th||-||Mathematical modelling 2|
|Nov 16th||-||Mathematical modelling 3|
|Nov 19th||-||Mathematical modelling 4|
|Nov 20th||-||Mathematical modelling 5|
|Nov 23rd||-||Mathematical modelling 6|
|Nov 26th||-||Revision and past papers|
|Nov 27th||-||Revision and past papers|
|Nov 30th||-||Revision and past papers|
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