MAS380 Computational Engineering Mathematics

Semester 1, 2018/19 10 Credits
Lecturer: Dr Nils Mole uses MOLE Reading List
Aims Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Full Syllabus

To provide the necessary mathematical framework to understand advanced computational methods for the solution of complex engineering problems.

This module forms part of a degree course accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators of the I.C.E and I.Struct.E

There are no prerequisites for this module.
No other modules have this module as a prerequisite.

Outline syllabus

  • Tensor algebra and calculus
  • Derivation of the equation of equilibrium for solid bodies and the governing equations for fluid motions
  • Finite difference approximations to simple partial/ordinary differential equations.

Office hours

1-2pm on Wednesdays, but you are welcome any time


  • To develop the ability to construct mathematical formulation for physical or engineering problems.
  • To develop the ability to find solutions to engineering problems using numerical methods.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand and be able to do simple calculations and derivations involving tensors
  • Understand and be able to derive the basic equations of continuum mechanics
  • Understand and be able to derive the basic equations of fluid mechanics
  • Have a basic understanding of how to use basic Finite Difference methods in the context of complex engineering problems

Teaching methods

Lectures and tutorials.

20 lectures, 10 tutorials


Formal three-hour examination (four questions from five).

Full syllabus

  • Revision of vector calculus and partial differential equations
  • Finite difference approximations
  • Tensor algebra and calculus, index notations
  • Stress tensor, principal stress, equation of equilibrium for deformable solid body, and stress-strain relations
  • Governing equations for fluid motions

Reading list

Type Author(s) Title Library Blackwells Amazon
C Evans, G, Blackledge, J, and Yardley, P. Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations
C Fay, J Introduction to Fluid Mechanics
C Riley, K F, Hobson, M P and Bence, S J Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering
C Timoshenko, S. and Goodier, J. N. Theory of Elasticity

(A = essential, B = recommended, C = background.)

Most books on reading lists should also be available from the Blackwells shop at Jessop West.