Course code UPM69
Course title Introduction to Symbolic Computation for Engineers
Institution Universidad Politecnica de Madrid
Course address EUIT Telecomunicación Campus Sur
City Madrid
Minimum year of study 1st year
Minimum level of English Good
Minimum level of French None
Key words Symbolic computation, symbolic algorithms, computer algebra
Language English
Professor responsible Juana Sendra Pons
Telephone +34 91 336 5220
Fax +34 91 336 7835
Participating professors Sonia Rueda Pérez (, Juana Sendra Pons, Marina Delgado Tellez de Cepeda (
Number of places Minimum: 5, Maximum: 15, Reserved for local students:
Objectives Symbolic computation provides algorithmic tools and methods that, in one hand are useful to support the learning and understanding of Mathematics and on the other contributes to the resolution of computational aspects arising in engineering.

The main goal of this course is to present efficient symbolic algorithms, fast in most cases or in the most relevant ones, to solve mathematic problems and their applications. This will allow the student to use these methods in some real life applications.  For this purpose the student will become familiar with the existing symbolic computation software.

Programme to be followed Basic Techniques on Symbolic Computation.Basic Symbolic Arithmetic.Symbolic Linear Algebra. Algebraic Symbolic Elimination Methods.Applications.Although an important part is theoretical the character of the course will be highly practical. This philosophy will be carried out by means of computer lab classes where the teaching of the symbolic concepts will be combined with the use of the symbolic software in an interactive mode.Invited talks presented by experts in the area will be considered as part of the structure of the course.
Prerequisites Basic Knowledge of linear algebra and calculus
Course exam Computer lab assignments and final  report