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MATH2047 Mathematics for Electronics & Electrical Engineering Part II

Module Overview

The aims of this module are to: - Give students a solid grounding in mathematical methods and ideas in areas relevant to applications in engineering: Fourier series, Fourier transforms, eigenvalues, eigenvectors and eigenfunctions, linear ordinary differential equations, partial differential equations, and vector calculus. Feedback and student support during module study (formative assessment) - 3 coursework assignments which are collected up, marked and returned. - coursework assignments, solutions and past examination papers are available on website. One of the pre-requisites for MATH3083 and MATH3084

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• The coursework assignments cover the full range of topics of study, with all the questions being compulsory. They include multi-part questions to help students start and then develop solutions to quite substantial problems. • Completion of the coursework assignments should engender confidence in the use of all the mathematical methods needed to deal with the examination questions • To obtain full credit on coursework and examinations problems will require accuracy, and a coherent and logical presentation of solutions

Learning Outcomes

Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Solve a variety of mathematical problems relevant to engineering
  • Show logical thinking in problem solving
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Write up in an accurate, coherent and logical manner your solutions to a range of mathematical problems
  • Demonstrate organisational and time-management skills


• Fourier Series. Orthogonality relations. 2L periodic functions. Half-range series. Solutions to periodically forced ODEs. • Fourier Transforms. Fourier transform and inverse transform. Sine and cosine transform. Properties of the Fourier transform. The discrete Fourier transform. • Eigenvalues, eigenvectors and eigenfunctions. Matrix eigenvalue problems. Solution to systems of coupled ODEs. Symmetric matrices. • Linear ODEs and Sturm-Liouville problems. Boundary and initial conditions. Constant coefficient linear ODEs. Euler equations. The method of reduction of order. The method of variation of parameters. Sturm-Liouville Theory. Examples of Sturm-Liouville problems. Eigenfunction expansions. • Partial differential equations Classification of second-order linear PDEs. The technique of separation of variables with application to wave equations, diffusion equations, and Laplace’s equation. • Vector calculus The gradient, divergence and curl operators. Directional derivatives. Line integrals and conservative vector fields. Stokes’s theorem and the Divergence theorem. Alternative coordinate systems.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include - Standard “chalk and talk” lectures, using either blackboard or whiteboard, tutorials, coursework problems, material on Blackboard. Learning activities include - Individual study. - Note-taking at lecture classes. - Working through coursework assignments and submitting to specified deadlines. - Preparation for a written examination.

Independent Study102
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Kreyzig E,. Advanced Engineering Mathematics. 

Spiegel MR. Theory and Problems of Laplace Transforms, Schaum Outline Series. 

Greenberg MD. Advanced Engineering Mathematics. 

Jeffrey A. Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists. 

Spiegel MR. Theory and Problems of Vector Analysis, Schaum Outline Series. 

Stephenson G and Radmore PM. Advanced Mathematical Methods for Engineering and Science Students. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 20%
Exam 80%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisite: MATH1055


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

Course texts are provided by the library and there are no additional compulsory costs associated with the module.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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