2023-2024 / MATH2010-1

Mathematical software


15h Th, 30h Pr

Number of credits

 Bachelor in mathematics4 crédits 


Emilie Charlier

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course is an introduction to formal mathematical softwares. With Mathematica et Sympy, we will cover the following uses : calculator, formal calculus, solving equations, finding the roots of a function, derivation, integration, differential equations, series, linear algebra, plotting skills. We will also make an introduction to programming (variables, expressions, affectation, functions, conditions, iterations, characters chains, lists, dictionnaries) with the Mathematica language and python. The course also contains a brief introduction to Geogebra and Calc.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Being able to analyse a given problem and to make use of a mathematical software in order to solve a question of elementary mathematics. Being able to manage basic programming skills.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Basic knowledge of differential calculus, integration and linear algebra.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Theoretical course devoted to the introduction of the concepts necessary to the realization of the exercises and the project. Practical sessions in the computer room to solve exercises on machines.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)


Recommended or required readings

Notes covering all the material taught in the theory course, lists of exercises and project instructions are available for download on eCampus.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam AND oral exam

Written work / report

Additional information:

The evaluation is based on two parts: a practical exam on computers and a project.

At the practical part of the exam, the student will be asked to solve some exercices of the kind of the exercice sessions.

A programming project must be submitted at a date fixed during the year. The project is realised by group of two students, and possibly a unique group of three students in the case where the total number of participants is odd. The project consists in the production of a python code and a short written report to facilitate the understanding of the code. An individual oral defence of the project will be organized during the exam session. The statements and presentation procedures will be provided during the year. Unless otherwise stated, the different groups may neither collaborate nor be inspired by the code of another group.

The final note of the course is based on both the practical exam on computers and the project.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

This course is given every second semester. More informations can be found at http://www.discmath.ulg.ac.be/charlier/enseignement.html.


Émilie Charlier (professor) - Carole Baum (teaching assistant) 
Institut de Mathématique (B37) Quartier Polytech 1 Allée de la Découverte, 12 B-4000 Liège
Email : echarlier@uliege.be - carole.baum@uliege.be

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