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Mathematics for the Natural Sciences Tripos (NST)

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

The Course Booklet can be downoaded from the Course Moodle.

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.



  • Registration for the course will be open from 4th October 2021 until 24th October 2021
  • The deadline for the submission of the two Michaelmas Term projects is 19th December 2021.
  • The deadline for the submission of the four Lent Term projects is 24th March 2022.
  • Solutions Word documents are available for download on the Moodle site


Submission arrangements

  • Submission is via the course Moodle. Information on what to do will be on the Moodle after the Registration closes

  • You do NOT need to submit a paper copy of your project. Full details of the submission process are given on pps 1.2-1.3 of the Handbook.
  • By submitting a project via the Moodle you are agreeing with the statement that “The results obtained are my own unaided work.”
  • You are allowed to discuss the projects with each other and with your supervisors, but the work that you submit must be your own


Email help line

You can email the course Director and the email "help desk" on: Make sure you begin the email subject with MathComP


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,
12 October 2020.