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Mathematical methods, models and modelling

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  • Points: 60
  • Code: MST210
  • Level: 2
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Really enjoyed this, did it alongside 'Pure mathematics' (M208), and enjoyed this very much.

Not a big fan of the modelling activity though, thought that took up unnecessary amounts of time.

But other than that loved applied maths.

Course starting: October 2020

Review posted: August 2021

This module is a big step up from the Level 1 prerequisites and took up a lot of my time. Quite a bit more than I had anticipated, while holding down a full time job.
The material is very interesting and at times very exciting. But it is hard and requires much effort.
Particular highlights were the two units on vector calculus (and seeing the derivation of one of the Maxwell equations).
As other reviews have noted, get ahead and stay ahead. This is a module that could easily get out of hand. Eventually, MST210 proved very rewarding and exciting. I am on the applied mathematics/statistics pathway but I can imagine great pleasure in developing some of the topics introduced in MST210 in Level 3 modules on fluid mechanics, electromagnetism, and quantum mechanics.

David Sidebotham

Course starting: October 2019

Review posted: March 2021

A really exciting module with quite a lot of work in it. Confidence in Maxima is pretty essential for the TMAs and the modelling problem is quite a lot of work too. However, the support received throughout the course from the website/resources and from my tutor made studying this module an enjoyable experience and less stressful than what I thought it would be.

Course starting: October 2016

Review posted: June 2018

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