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Unit information: Mathematics 1A20 in 2019/20

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Unit name Mathematics 1A20
Unit code MATH11004
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Mackay
Open unit status Open

'C' in A level in Mathematics, IB 6 Higher or equivalent



School/department School of Mathematics
Faculty Faculty of Science


This unit is designed for students with A-level mathematics who want a 20 credit-point unit on mathematical techniques. Students who wish to study further mathematics may be able to take the follow on unit of 1AM (unit is currently subject to review).

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Unit aims

To consolidate, develop and extend the skills in single variable calculus introduced at A level.

General Description of the Unit

This unit is designed for students with a good grasp of A level mathematics who want a 20 credit-point unit on mathematical techniques.

The unit begins with some basic ideas revising and extending school-level calculus, and then goes on to a thorough treatment of the calculus from the point of view of scientific applications. The subject is developed as far as differential equations and Fourier series. The mathematics is treated with enough logical precision to enable correct calculations and correct deductions to be made.

Intended learning outcomes

After taking this unit, students should have a thorough grasp of one-variable calculus and complex numbers, including simple differential equations and Fourier Series.

Transferable Skills:

Mathematical techniques for application in the physical sciences.

Teaching details

The unit is based on lectures and tutorials on how to apply the techniques of the calculus in solving problems.

The lecturer will distribute problem sheets based on the work done in lectures, and will set specific problems which you will be required to hand in to tutors for marking. From week 2 or 3 of the course, students will attend weekly tutorials in which homework questions and additional problems will be covered.

Assessment Details

100% examination.

Reading and References

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