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Course summary

The NST MathComP course is part of Mathematics for IB Natural Sciences Tripos. The course consists of six projects:

  1. Introduction and familiarisation: Numerical integration
  2. Solving ordinary differential equations: Accuracy of the Euler and Runge-Kutta methods
  3. Root finding
  4. Solving partial differential equations
  5. Matrix algebra: Gauss-Jordan Elimination
  6. Sturm-Liouville Theory: Eigenfunction Series Expansions

No specific practical session times will be allocated. You are expected to make use of the Desktop Services (also called Managed Cluster (MCS) or Personal Workstation Facilities (PWF)) provided by the University at times to suit yourself. Computing Services' MCS computer rooms web page provides comprehensive details of the location of MCS computer rooms, their opening hours and the available hardware. All necessary software is provided on the MCS.

You may also undertake the practicals in your college or indeed on your own computer provided you have access to specific software packages.

  • Copies of the Course Booklet can be obtained from Reception at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Wilberforce road. The Booklet will also be available on Moodle (as separate chapters).
  • Submission directories will be set up when registration is complete.
  • Registration for the course is now closed and you should all have been sent your PIN number
  • The deadline for the submission of the two Michaelmas Term projects is 19th December 2017.
  • MathComP news will give details of errata in the Handbook and other important information.
  • Solutions Word documenst are available for download on the Moodle site

Email help line

An email "help desk" is available: nstcomp@maths.cam.ac.uk


Useful reference

Riley, K. F., Hobson, M. P., Bence, S. J., 3rd Edition 2006: Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering, Ed. Cambridge University Press.


Chris Warner
NST MathComP Director,
20 November 2017.