Course Description

An introduction to scientific computation, with substantial use of scientific software, such as Maple and Matlab. Scientific problems and models from different disciplines are considered. Numerical methods introduced in this course include interpolation, curve fitting, solving (systems of) linear and nonlinear equations, eigenvalue problems, integration and solving ordinary and partial differential equations.

Important Course Information


CP104, MA110* (or MA103), MA122, MA205


Dr. Ilias S. Kotsireas,  Office 2076A, Office Hours 24/7 and by appointment, Phone 884-0710 ext. 2218# E-Mail: ikotsireATwlu.ca

Portfolio Consulation Office Hours

Every Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (for the duration of the semester)

Maple tutorial


LaTeX tutorial


Final Examination Review Session


Course Topics

  1. equation solving, nonlinear equations, systems of nonlinear equations
  2. systems of linear equations: direct and iterative methods
  3. matrix eigenvalue problems, matrix eigenvector problems
  4. Fast Fourier Transform
  5. interpolation, curve fitting
  6. numerical differentiation, numerical integration
  7. Optimization
  8. Symbolic Computation
  9. Ordinary Differential Equations (ODEs), Initial Value Problems (IVPs), Boundary Value Problems (BVPs)
  10. Partial Differential Equations (PDEs), Discretization, Finite Difference Methods, Collocation, Finite Element Method

Course Software

Maple is a Scientific Computation System that allows the user to perform symbolic and numeric computations, visualization, experimentation and much more. Maple is being developed maintained and distributed by Maplesoft http://www.maplesoft.com/. Maple is available in Wilfrid Laurier University labs and the latest release of Maple 2017, can also be obtained individually through the Maple Adoption Program.
  1. MaplePrimes A Web community dedicated to sharing experiences, techniques, and opinions about Maple
  2. Application Center Featuring over 2350 applications contributed by the Maplesoft user community
  3. Maple T.A. Content CenterThousands of freely available Maple T.A. questions.
Matlab is a Scientific Computation System developed maintained and distributed by Mathworks http://www.mathworks.com/. Matlab is available in Wilfrid Laurier University labs.

  1. Matlab tutorial links from MathWorks
  2. A Partial List of On-Line Matlab Tutorials and Matlab Books
No prior knowledge of Maple or Matlab is necessary. An introductory 3-hour Maple tutorial is scheduled for Saturday January 14, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in BA 112.

Class Schedule, Winter Semester Timetable

              |     Mon     |     Wed     |    
              |  5:30-7:00  |  5:30-7:00  | 
              |    N1044    |    N1044    |
              |             |             |             |
Week 1:       |  Jan 08     |    Jan 10   | 
Week 2:       |  Jan 15     |    Jan 17   | 
Week 3:       |  Jan 22     |    Jan 24   | 
Week 4:       |  Jan 29     |    Jan 31   | 
Week 5:       |  Feb 05     |    Feb 07   | 
Week 6:       |  Feb 12     | Feb 14 (P1) | 
Reading Week  |   Feb 19 - Feb 23   N o   C o u r s e s

Week 7:       |  Feb 26     | Feb 28 (M)  |
Week 8:       |  Mar 05     |   Mar 07    |   
Week 9:       |  Mar 12     |   Mar 14    |   
Week 10:      |  Mar 19     |   Mar 21    |   
Week 11:      |  Mar 26     |   Mar 28    |   
Week 12:      |  Apr 02     | Apr 04 (P2) |   
              |             |             | 

Course Requirements/Student Evaluation

University and Course Policies (senate approved)

  1. Special Needs: Students with disabilities or special needs are advised to contact Laurier’s Accessible Learning Centre for information regarding its services and resources. Students are encouraged to review the Academic Calendar for information regarding all services available on campus.
  2. Plagiarism: Wilfrid Laurier University uses software that can check for plagiarism. If requested to do so by the instructor, students are required to submit their written work in electronic form and have it checked for plagiarism.
  3. Academic Integrity: Laurier is committed to a culture of integrity within and beyond the classroom. This culture values trustworthiness (i.e., honesty, integrity, reliability), fairness, caring, respect, responsibility and citizenship. Together, we have a shared responsibility to uphold this culture in our academic and nonacademic behaviour. The University has a defined policy with respect to academic misconduct. As a Laurier student you are responsible for familiarizing yourself with this policy and the accompanying penalty guidelines, some of which may appear on your transcript if there is a finding of misconduct. The relevant policy can be found at Laurier's academic integrity website along with resources to educate and support you in upholding a culture of integrity. Ignorance is not a defense.
  4. Classroom Use of Electronic Devices: Read WLU policy 9.3 Classroom Use of Electronic Devices.
  5. Late Assignment Policy: late assignments will be marked with 0.
  6. Final Examinations: Students are strongly urged not to make any commitments (i.e., vacation) during the examination period. Students are required to be available for examinations during the examination periods of all terms in which they register. Refer to the Handbook on Undergraduate Course Management for more information.
  7. Foot Patrol, the Wellness Centre, Student Food Bank.