[10.013] Modelling and Analysis

Course Description

The main objective of this course is to provide students firm foundations of single variable calculus so that they can apply calculus to model, solve and analyse applied math problems. It aims to motivate students on the importance of calculus through a plethora of applications in engineering, physical and biological sciences, computer science, finance, economics, probability and statistics and other topics. On top of the basic concepts, techniques and applications of two branches of calculus - differentiation and integration, students will also learn to use simple software to implement numerical methods in calculus.

Course Outline

  1. Introduction to Calculus, Functions
  2. Sequences, Limits of functions, Continuity
  3. Derivatives, Trigonometric Functions
  4. L’Hopital’s rule, Series, Exponential Function
  5. Excel and Euler’s Method, Implicit Differentiations, Inverse Functions
  6. Optimization
  7. Taylor Polynomials and Series, Newton’s Method
  8. Integral Calculus, Numerical Integrations
  9. Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, Integration Techniques
  10. Excel and Regression
  11. Applications of Integration – Areas, Volumes and Arc Lengths
  12. Applications of Integration – Center of Mass, Moment of Inertia, Improper Integrals

Learning Objectives

At the end of the term, students will be able to:

  • Explain the geometrical and physical meaning of derivatives.
  • Compute derivatives using the rules of calculus.
  • Apply derivatives and calculus theorems to sketch graphs, find maxima, minima and accurate numerical approximations in problems coming from engineering and science.
  • Explain the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.
  • Compute exact integrals by integration techniques.
  • Apply numerical integrations to approximate definite integrals.
  • Use integral calculus to solve basic differential equations.
  • Use integral calculus to solve for important quantities that can be modelled by Riemann sums, such as areas, volumes, arc lengths, center of mass, moment of inertia, etc.
  • Analyse the solutions obtained by calculus based on the context.
  • Apply Excel to implement numerical methods to solve problems coming from engineering and science.

Prerequisites: Nil

Delivery Format: 6-0-6*

Grading Scheme: Students are graded based on exam test results, quizzes, class participations, homework, and team-based design projects (eg. 1D and 2D projects etc)
*The first number represents the number of hours per week assigned for lectures, recitations and cohort classroom study. The second number represents the number of hours per week assigned for labs, design, or field work. The third number represents the number of hours per week assigned for independent study.