MATH3310 - Computational and Applied Mathematics - 2019/20

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  • There will be no tutorial classes in the first week.
  • Homework 1 has been posted. It will be due on Feb 3 before 6pm. Please hand in your HW to the HW mailbox outside the general office of the Math. department.
  • (Feb 12, 2020) Announcement of special arrangement of lectures & tutorial sessions

    •  To reduce the risk of spreading the novel coronavirus, the university has announced to provide online teaching starting from 17 February until further notice. As such, we will be using ZOOM to hold the online lectures and tutorial sessions. 
    • Midterm exam will be postponed to after normal face-to-face teaching can be resumed (probably in the middle of March). In any unexpected cases, online exam might be adopted. More information will be announced when the situation becomes clearer.  
    • Please check your email and the course website regularly for updated announcement.

  • (Feb 12, 2020) Submission of homework assignments

    •  To reduce the risk of spreading the novel coronavirus, you are not recommended to submit your homework assignment physically. As such, you will submit your assignment by uploading the scanned copy via the Blackboard system. 
    • Log onto and click on our course 2019R2 Computational and Applied Mathematics (MATH3310). Click on "Course contents" and click on "Homework X (Due...)". Follow the instructions therein to upload your solution. An illustration is as follows (click to enlarge the image):
    • Please scan your solution into a pdf file and save it as: YourStudentID_HWX.pdf. Upload it via the Blackboard system. There are several useful apps for you to take a picture of your solution and scan your document (such as CamScanner HD).

General Information


  • Ronald Lok Ming LUI
    • Office: LSB 207
    • Tel: 3943-7975
    • Email:

Teaching Assistant

  • Ho LAW
    • Office: LSB 222B
    • Tel: 3943-7963
    • Email:
  • He Xihao
    • Office: LSB 222C
    • Tel: 3943-8570
    • Email:

Time and Venue

  • Lecture: Mon 2:30PM - 4:15PM, LSB LT3; Wed 2:30PM - 3:15PM, LSB LT4
  • Tutorial: Wed 3:30PM - 4:15PM, LSB LT4

Course Description

This course introduces the general techniques frequently used in computational and applied mathematics. Applications can be found in different areas such as physics, engineering, imaging sciences and so on. Real world problems can usually be formulated by mathematical equations (e.g. differential, linear or nonlinear equations). Developing effective methods to solve and analyze the solutions is therefore important. In this course, we aim to give a brief introduction of the methods frequently used in applied mathematics to solve these problems.

The outline of the course is summarized as follows:

1. Introduction: (a) Motivation of the course; (b) Mathematical modelling of real world problems;

2. Brief introduction on some commonly used analytical approaches: (a) Initial value problem & Boundary value problem; (b) Analytic spectral (Fourier) method;

3. Numerical approach: Numerical spectral method, iterative method for solving large linear system (Jacobi, Gauss-Seidel, SOR, (preconditioned) conjugate gradient etc), Multigrid method;

4. Eigenvalue problem

5. Energy minimization problems

6. Conformal mapping: dealing with complicated domains.

Lecture Notes

Tutorial Notes


Assessment Scheme

Homework 15%
Midterm exam 35%
Final exam 50%

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