# Introduction to Experimental Mathematics (IXM)

### Course content

The participants will gain the ability to use computers to formulate and test hypotheses concerning suitable mathematical objects through a systematic search for counterexamples. Key concepts covered are: The experimental method, introduction to programming in Maple, from hypothesis to proof, formulating and testing hypotheses, visualization, pseudorandomness, iteration, symbolic inversion, time/memory vs. precision, applications of linear algebra and graph theory.

Learning outcome

Knowledge:

The experimental method, basic elements of programming in Maple, visualization, pseudo-randomness, iteration, symbolic inversion, time/memory vs. precision, relevant tools in linear algebra.

Skills:

• To employ Maple as a programming tool via the use of procedures, control structures, and data structures in standard situations
• To convert pseudocode to executable Maple code.
• To maintain a log documenting the investigation

Competence:

• To formulate and test hypotheses concerning suitable mathematical objects through a systematic search for counterexamples.
• To design algorithms for mathematical experimentation by use of pseudocode.
• To examine data and collections of examples arising from experiments systematically and formulate hypotheses based on the investigation.
• To use pseudorandomness in repeatable computations.
• To weigh the use of available resources and time versus the needed precision.
• To determine whether a given problem is suited for an experimental investigation.
• To use the results of an experimental investigation to formulate theorems, proofs and counterexamples.

4 lectures, 4 problem sessions, and 4 computer labs per week corresponding to 7 weeks, but taught over 8 weeks with a reduced schedule for the last 3 weeks to make room for project work.

Eilers & Johansen: Introduction to Experimental Mathematics, Cambridge University Press.

LinAlg, Algebra 1, and Analyse 1. Familiarity with Maple use as in MatIntro and LinAlg is expected. No knowledge of programming in Maple is required.

General mathematical qualifications equivalent to the two first years of a BSc degree is recommended.

The IXM course is recommended for BSc students who wish to continue with an experimental BSc project. The participants may choose to continue with the same project as the one studied in the final mandatory project in the course.

Written
Individual
Collective
ECTS
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 30 minutes
without preparation time
Aid
Only certain aids allowed

At the oral exam the student may only bring his or her final project, possibly annotated and/or prepared for presentation.

Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners.
##### Criteria for exam assessment

The student must in a satisfactory way demonstrate that he/she has mastered the learning outcome of the course.

Single subject courses (day)

• Category
• Hours
• Lectures
• 28
• Preparation
• 60
• Theory exercises
• 28
• Practical exercises
• 28
• Project work
• 62
• English
• 206

### Kursusinformation

Language
English
Course number
NMAB21005U
ECTS
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Bachelor
Duration

1 block

Placement
Block 2
Schedulegroup
C
Capacity
No limit
Studyboard
Study Board of Mathematics and Computer Science
##### Contracting department
• Department of Mathematical Sciences
##### Contracting faculty
• Faculty of Science
##### Course Coordinator
• Søren Eilers   (6-6c70736c797a4774687b6f35727c356b72)
S.E./phone +45 35 32 07 55, office 04.2.18
Saved on the 01-03-2021

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