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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)K Ryan


This unit introduces numerical analysis techniques for interpolation, root finding, integration, the solution of ordinary differential equations, and the analysis of data. The role computers play in the solution of modern aerospace engineering problems is emphasised through exposure to finite difference, finite volume and finite element techniques for partial differential equations, and the implementation of these techniques in commercial fluid dynamics and structural mechanics packages.


The objectives of this unit are to develop:
An understanding of the role of computers and numerical analysis in modern engineering practice
An appreciation of stability, efficiency and accuracy constraints on available methods for numerical approximation of engineering solutions
An understanding of numerical methods for interpolation, root-finding, integration, solution of ordinary and partial differential equations, and analysis of data
An knowledge and skills to generate accurate solutions to engineering problems using numerical computing
An understanding of methods for data analysis, including sampling, Fourier transforms and filtering
Solve engineering problems numerically
Determine the appropriate technique to solve a problem through consideration of the accuracy, efficiency and stability of available methods
Complete tasks as part of a team
Improve oral and written communication skills
Appreciation of the role of computers in engineering industry
Confidence in identifying engineering problems and formulating original solutions.


Laboratory: 10%
Assignments: 20%
Examination: 70%

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Mark Thompson

Contact hours

Six hours of contact time per week - usually 3 hours lectures and 3 hours practice sessions or laboratories classes as well as 6 hours of private study per week.


ENG1060, ENG2092