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Unit information: Introductory Foundation Mathematics in 2016/17

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Unit name Introductory Foundation Mathematics
Unit code MATH10008
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Chenchiah
Open unit status Open
Pre-requisites

GCSE Mathematics grade C or equivalent

Co-requisites

None

School/department School of Mathematics
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description

This unit provides a first course in calculus suitable for students with GCSE mathematics who have

not taken mathematics A level or equivalent. It is designed to be suitable for first year science

students, but is available to other students with an appropriate background.

Aims: To revise elementary mathematics in GCSE (bearing in mind the needs of students who

have not studied mathematics for 2 years or more). To introduce basic algebra, trigonometry and

calculus as useful tools for science students.

Relation to Other Units: The unit Mathematics 1FM (to be renamed “Further Foundation

Mathematics”) follows on from this unit, and covers vectors, matrices and further calculus.

Additional unit information can be found at http://www.maths.bristol.ac.uk/study/undergrad/current_units/index.html

Intended learning outcomes

At the end of the unit students should be able to:

• perform basic algebraic manipulations

• sum arithmetic and geometric series

• solve linear, simultaneous linear, and quadratic equations

• use trigonometry

• differentiate and integrate simple functions and know the physical meaning of the derivative

and integral.

Teaching details

Lectures, small group classes, problem sheets.

Assessment Details

2.5 hour written exam (100%)

Reading and References

Reading and references are available at http://www.maths.bristol.ac.uk/study/undergrad/current_units/index.html

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