MTH4323 - Numerical analysis and control of differential equations - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

School of Mathematical Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

To be advised


Dr Janosch Rieger
Associate Professor Jerome Droniou

Not offered in 2019


Enrolment in the Master of Mathematics


MTH5323Not offered in 2019


This unit is offered in alternate years commencing S2, 2020


This unit gives an introduction to the numerical approximation and control of differential equations, with a focus on both the mathematical foundations and the practical usages of these notions. Topics covered include computational dynamics; optimisation and set-valued analysis; implicit and explicit time steppings; weak formulations of partial differential equations; finite element methods; finite volume methods; implementation and convergence analysis.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe and rigorously analyse sophisticated numerical methods for DEs;
  2. Implement numerical methods for standard models;
  3. Understand the mathematical properties of advanced numerical methods, and use this understanding to select appropriate method for each specific problem;
  4. Describe the nature and usage of optimal control problems;
  5. Cast a real-world problem into an optimal control problem;
  6. Communicate and critically discuss the outcome of numerical methods for DEs.


Examination (3 hours): 60% (Hurdle)

Continuous assessment: 40%

Hurdle requirement: To pass this unit a student must achieve at least 50% overall and at least 40% for the end-of-semester exam.

Workload requirements

  • 3 hours of lectures and a 1 hour tutorial per week
  • 8 hours of independent study per week

See also Unit timetable information

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Master of Mathematics