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Unit information: Introductory Foundation Mathematics in 2015/16

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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

GCSE Mathematics grade C or equivalent



School/department School of Mathematics
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description including Unit Aims

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.

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 Information

Lectures, small group classes, problem sheets.

Assessment Information

2.5 hour written exam (100%)

Reading and References

Many textbooks cover the material taught in this unit, for example:

• Understanding Pure Mathematics, A.J. Sadler and D.W.S. Thorning (Oxford University Press


Also helpful are:

• Help yourself to algebra, Hugh Neill (Longman 1996)

• Mind the Gap, bridging the gap between GCSE and AS Maths, Roger Cahalin, Alessandra

Desbottes & Suzanne Doyle (Coordination Group Publications 2002)