Department: Mathematical Sciences
Essex credit: 15
ECTS credit: 7.5
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: Yes
|Module is taught during the following terms
This course revises ideas associated with continuous functions, including the idea of an inverse, differentiation and integration, and sets them in a more fundamental context which permits a better understanding of their properties. Differential equations are introduced, and methods for solving them are studied. The properties of inequalities are reviewed. Complex numbers in Cartesian form are introduced.
Geometry and Trigonometry:
- Pythagoras' theorem; trigonometric functions.
- Basic manipulation of inequalities
Functions of one variable:
- the functions exp, ln, xa, |x|, trigonometric and hyperbolic functions; their domains and their graphs;
- power laws; exp(x+y), ln(xy);
- derivatives of xa, exp, sin, cos, ln;
- differentiation of sums, products and quotients;
- function of a function; chain rule for differentiation;
- inverse functions;
- stationary points;
- indefinite integrals as antiderivatives; definite integrals; improper integrals;
- division of polynomials, partial fractions, integration of rational functions;
- integration by parts and by substitution
- first order differential equations; separation of variable and integrating factor.
- addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in Cartesian form
- the Argand diagram
On completion of the course, students should be able to:
- be able to use Pythagoras's Theorem and the basic concepts of trigonometry;
- be familiar with elementary functions, the basic rules of the differential and integral calculus for functions of one variable;
- be familiar with the idea of a domain of definition and an inverse function;
- be able to manipulate inequalities;
- add, subtract, multiply, and divide complex numbers in Cartesian form;
- plot complex numbers on an Argand diagram;
- solve first order differential equations.
Learning & Teaching Methods
This course consists of 30 contact hours given at 3 hours per week commencing in week 2 (the first teaching week). There will be a test at the end of term and five assessed problem sheets throughout the term. Three revision lectures will also be given in the summer term.
25 per cent Coursework Mark, 75 per cent Exam Mark
Information about coursework deadlines can be found in the "Coursework Information" section of the Current Students, Useful Information Maths web pages: Coursework Information
Exam Duration and Period
1:30 hour exam during Summer Examination period.
'A' level Maths or equivalent normally required. Available independently to Socrates/IP students spending all relevant terms at Essex.
- Recommended text:
Palgrave Macmillan: Guide Mathematical Methods 9780333794449 J. Gilbert; C. Jordan
E. Swokowski, M. Olinick & D.Pence, "Calculus", PWS Publishing Co.