Upcoming course: Mathematics for Radar and Electronic Defence (2014)

10 Feb 2014 - 11:00

The third course of 2014 – Mathematics for Radar and Electronic Defence – is scheduled for the week of 3 to 7 March 2014. As in 2012 and 2013, the course will be presented by Dr Pieter Uys , senior scholar in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town.

Course code: EEE5108Z

Course Description

This course provides a useful mathematical toolkit for the Radar and Electronic Defence Engineer. Emphasis is on practical calculation and useful ‘tricks of the trade’ rather than mathematical rigour. The textbook, Advanced Engineering Mathematics, E. Kreyszig (Wiley) (with many editions available but edition 9 preferred) is prescribed. Some notes are also made available to assist the student.


This course requires students to have a good background in Engineering Mathematics, acquired as part of an Honours Level (4 years of study). The coursework consists of ‘pencil and paper’ problems, which will require a limited amount of numerical computation in some of their solutions; an acquaintance with Mathematica or Maxima would be useful, but not essential.

Course Topics

Specific course topics include (estimated number of lectures and acronyms shown in brackets):

  • Ordinary differential equations (7) (ODE)
  • Laplace transforms (3) (LT)
  • Fourier analysis (3) (FA)
  • Partial differential equations (2) (PDE)
  • Complex analysis (8) (CA)

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this course, students should be able to:

  • Understand calculus, linear algebra, special functions and at a level that enables them to access and make use of the radar research literature;
  • Carry through detailed calculations based on this material;
  • Be able to identify mathematical techniques most appropriate to the analysis of a particular application;

Course Format and Dates

The formal part of the course is given in a 5 day, intensive format with lectures and tutorials. This is followed by six seminar sessions over the remaining weeks up to the end of the semester, when the examination is held. The dates for the seminar sessions are set during the intensive session, to accommodate as far as possible, student availability.

These follow on sessions are based on problem sets which the student must attempt in order to gain benefit from the seminars. In addition, students may book appointments with the Course Convener and the Tutor.

Course Assessment and Examination

The final assessment of this course is dependent on a three hour, written examination which contributes 60% to the final mark, with the Duly Performed (DP) requirement of 80% of seminars attended. The class mark based on the performance in the work submitted before each seminar contributes 40% of the final mark.

The examination is closed book, i.e. no notes may be brought into the examination venue. However students are not expected to memorise all the formulas: all non-basic formulas and results will be supplied on the examination paper. Students may write the examination in their home location, provided satisfactory supervision of the examination can be arranged in good time.

More information can be found in this PDF: EEE 5108Z (2014) – Mathematics – Course Handout.