CM30070: Computer algebra
[Page last updated: 04 August 2021]
Academic Year:  2021/2 
Owning Department/School:  Department of Computer Science 
Credits:  6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] 
Notional Study Hours:  120 
Level:  Honours (FHEQ level 6) 
Period: 
 Semester 1

Assessment Summary:  CW 25%, EX 75% 
Assessment Detail: 
 Course Work (CW 25%)
 Examination (EX 75%)

Supplementary Assessment: 
 Likeforlike reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)

Requisites: 
Before taking this module you must take CM10197 OR take MA10210
In order to take this unit you must have ALevel Mathematics grade A/B (or equivalent authorised by Director of Studies)

Aims:  To show how computer algebra can be used to solve some interesting mathematical problems.

Learning Outcomes:  1. To understand the practical possibilities and limitations of symbolic computation;
2. To be able to solve problems using symbolic computation.
3. To understand major algorithms of symbolic computation.

Skills:  Application of number (T/F).

Content:  Introduction to Maple. Data representation questions. Normal and canonical forms. Polynomials, algebraic numbers, elementary numbers. Polynomial algebra: GCD and factorization algorithms, modular methods. Numerical and symbolic methods for solving systems of nonlinear equations. Gröbner bases. Introduction to integration.

Programme availability: 
CM30070 is Optional on the following programmes:
Department of Computer Science
 USCMAFB06 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science (Year 3)
 USCMAAB07 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science with Study year abroad (Year 4)
 USCMAKB07 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science with Year long work placement (Year 4)
 USCMAFB20 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics (Year 3)
 USCMAAB20 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
 USCMAKB20 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
 USCMAAB10 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science with Business with Study year abroad (Year 4)
 USCMAKB10 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science with Business with Year long work placement (Year 4)
 USCMAFM01 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science (Year 3)
 USCMAAM02 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science with Study year abroad (Year 3)
 USCMAKM02 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science with Year long work placement (Year 3)
 USCMAFM14 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics (Year 3)
 USCMAAM14 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics with Study year abroad (Year 3)
 USCMAKM14 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics with Year long work placement (Year 3)
Department of Mathematical Sciences
 USMAAFB15 : BSc(Hons) Mathematical Sciences (Year 3)
 USMAAAB16 : BSc(Hons) Mathematical Sciences with Study year abroad (Year 4)
 USMAAKB16 : BSc(Hons) Mathematical Sciences with Year long work placement (Year 4)
 USMAAFB13 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics (Year 3)
 USMAAAB14 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
 USMAAKB14 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
 USMAAFB01 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Statistics (Year 3)
 USMAAAB02 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Statistics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
 USMAAKB02 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Statistics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
 USMAAFB05 : BSc(Hons) Statistics (Year 3)
 USMAAAB06 : BSc(Hons) Statistics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
 USMAAKB06 : BSc(Hons) Statistics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
 USMAAFM14 : MMath(Hons) Mathematics (Year 3)
 USMAAFM14 : MMath(Hons) Mathematics (Year 4)
 USMAAAM15 : MMath(Hons) Mathematics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
 USMAAKM15 : MMath(Hons) Mathematics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
 USMAAKM15 : MMath(Hons) Mathematics with Year long work placement (Year 5)

Notes:  This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2021/22 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2022/23 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2021/22.
 Programmes and units are subject to change in accordance with normal University procedures.
 Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any prerequisite rules.
 Find out more about these and other important University terms and conditions here.
