ACM10080 Introduction to Applied and Computational Mathematics

Academic Year 2024/2025

This module introduces students to the basic principles of Newtonian Mechanics. The module starts with a description of motion (kinematics) including notions of displacement, velocity, and acceleration. The module then moves on to an understanding of the causes of motion and changes in motion (dynamics) via an elementary introduction to Newton's laws. Key topics here include force and momentum. Concurrently with this discussion, there will be an introduction to elementary mathematical methods that can be used to frame all of the above in mathematical language, including the mathematical treatment of kinematics and dynamics via Calculus and vector algebra.

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Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Perform mathematical calculations using vectors, including vector addition, scalar multiplication, and dot products.
2. Use the Cartesian notation for vectors with proficiency.
3. Explain precisely the ideas of vector, velocity, acceleration, momentum, kinetic energy, potential energy.
4. Use Newton's laws to express and solve problems in mathematical terms.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures and and problem classes 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
ACM00010 - Intro to Mechanics, ACM00020 - Applied Maths: Methods & Appli, ECON10030 - Intro Quantitative Economics, MATH10250 - Intro Calculus for Engineers

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade

Not yet recorded.

Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

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Name Role
Assoc Professor Anthony Cronin Tutor
Jakob Neef Tutor