CS7GV2 – Mathematics of Light and Sound

Module CodeCS7GV2
Module NameMathematics of Light and Sound
ECTS Weighting [1]5 ECTS
Semester TaughtSemester 1
Module Coordinator/s  Fergal Shevlin

Module Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the mathematics required for analysis and simulation of wave phenomena including electromagnetism;
  2. Understand the mathematics required for analysis and simulation of non-rigid body motion of mechanical structures.

Module Content

  • Wave equation and its solution;
  • Maxwell´s equations;
  • Fourier transform and analysis;
  • Vibration;
  • Mass-spring-damper systems;
  • Numerical methods;
  • Simulation software.

Each year there may be more emphasis on some of these topics than others.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Lectures followed by suggested reading and programming using simulation software.

Assessment Details

Assessment ComponentBrief DescriptionLearning Outcomes Addressed% of TotalWeek SetWeek Due
Examination Take-Home Exam (5 hours)LO1, LO2100%N/AN/A

Reassessment Details

Take-home examination, time-limited, 100%.

Contact Hours and Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours (scheduled hours per student over full module), broken down by:22 hours
Lecture22 hours
Independent Study (outside scheduled contact hours), broken down by:99 hours
Review of lecture material and related reading (including exam-related preparation)44 hours
Completion of suggested practical work (including exam-related preparation)55 hours
Total Hours121 hours

Recommended Reading List

Articles will be suggested every week.

Module Pre-requisites

Prerequisite modules: Any undergraduate-level mathematics-related module including some calculus.

Other/alternative non-module prerequisites: Some computer programming experience.

Module Co-requisites


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