Last update 21 April 2008

Technical Computing and Programming 2008 (3 ects)
DPIT & International Students

Veikko Keränen
Rovaniemi University of Applied Sciences
School of Technology
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The SECOND EXAM will take place on Wednesday, 30th of April 2008 at B219.
The exam will be done by using Mathematica and will be reviewed right away.

The deadline for the FIRST EXERCISE WORK is 14 March 2008.

The deadline for the SECIND EXERCISE WORK is 9 April 2008.

You may show your work to the teacher during the lessons,
or you may return it in printed form into teacher's letter box.
If the notebook file is very small, you may send it by email, too.
One possibilty is to delete all the graphical outputs, but make sure that the re-evaluation
of the input cells works absolutely correctly.
Please INDICATE already in the FILE NAME all the AUTHORS.
Of course, you should repeat the names of the authors also inside the notebook.

One possible assignment for the second exercise work can be viewed from here.
The mentioned notebooks therein contain quite advanced graphical structures
and a simple method to change basis into the system of
tangent, normal, and binormal vectors of a curve.


Lectures, guided exercises, and exams make up the total of 42 hours, i.e., 42 × 45 minutes.
For the complete course, the total work load for a student is 80 hours.

There will be two exams, and possibly preliminary exams as well, during the Spring Semester 2008.
In all of these, there will be 4 problems which are supposed to be solved by Mathematica
computing environment. The maximum points for an exam is 24.  
The minimal accepted sum of two exams is 12 points, though, in this case,
more points from exercise works are also needed.

The course includes separate Mathematica exercises for small groups (with 2 – 3 students).
There will be 2 exercise works, the topic of which can be quite freely chosen by the students.

The topic can be taken from the link page Technical Computing Exercises
or from the link notebook O:\Opettajat\Veikko Keränen\VeikkoKeranen1999-2008\___Contents.nb .

When going through the topics of the linked notebooks, you should make to them your own modifications and additions.

You can also use the Mathematica Help Browser, different books, and the Web.
It is possible to return the Exercise Work by email to
Other options will be to place it on a disk, to print it, or even to show it to the teacher
during some of the lecture sessions. More instructions will be given during the lectures.

These exercise works are to be accomplished by using Mathematica.
The maximum amount of points is 24 (maximum of 12 points per an exercise)

The expected amount of time to be spend for each exersice work (2 in all) is from 15 to 20 hours.
Recall that the total work load for a student is 80 hours for this training course.
Out of this 80 hours, 42 hours will be spend in the computer lab (includes the exams),
and the rest is reserved for student's self study.

For the first exercise work, the deadline is 14th of March, 2008.

For the second exercise work, the deadline is 9th of May, 2008.

12 points / exercise

Requires good competence and reporting (comments).

6 points / exercise

Basic work.

0 points / exercise

Not returned before the deadline.

Overall evaluation

Exercise works and exams produce a maximum of 72 points.

1:    24 – 35 points
2:    36 – 45 points
3:    46 – 55 points
4:    56 – 65 points
5:    66 – 72 points

Books (to be found in our library)

– Eugene Don: Mathematica (Schaum's Outlines)
– Heikki Ruskeepää: Mathematica Navigator – Graphics and Methods of Applied Mathematics

Some technical computing environments

Mathematica (integrated symbolic and numerical computation, versatile graphics, scientific notation, structured documents, many different programming styles are supported )
– Maple (integrated symbolic and numerical computation, graphics, scientific notation, structured documents, programming)
– Derive  (integrated symbolic and numerical computation, graphics, symbolic calculators (TI) )
– MatLAB (numerical computation, graphics, programming, a separate package for symbolic computing, widely used e.g. in signal processing)
– MathCAD (numerical computation, graphics, programming, a separate package for symbolic computing)
The Geometer's Sketchpad ®
FX Graph 3

Originally created by Mathematica