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||Department of Mathematics
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The course unit aims to provide a course in calculus and algebra to students with A-level mathematics or equivalent in the School of Chemistry.
Knowledge and understanding: Be familiar with functions and geometry, differentiation, integration, vectors, simple ordinary differential equations and complex numbers.
Intellectual skills: Be able to carry out routine operations involving the topics in the syllabus
Transferable skills and personal qualities: Have a set of tools and methods that can be applied in the courses given in the host department or in subsequent years.
3 - 4 lectures: Functions and Geometry : Rational Functions, Partial Fractions, Binomial. Inverse Trigonometric Functions; sec, csc and cot; trig identities; equations of lines and circles, parametric equations; polar coordinates.
4 lectures : Differentiation : Simple Functions; product, quotient and chain rules; Parametric and Implicit Differentiation.
3-4 lectures Integration : Indefinite and Definite Integrals; Integration of simple functions; Integration by parts and of (simple) rational functions.
5 lectures Vectors : Vectors in component form; vector addition, parallelogram and triangle of vectors. Vector equation of straight line. Scalar and vector products. Triple Products
3 lectures : Introduction to ODEs. : Examples of First and Second order ODEs. Role of arbitrary constants. Solution of First-order separable ODEs.
3 lectures : complex numbers. Concept, real and imaginary parts, arithmetic operations. Polar form.
Diagnostic Followup Coursework (week 4); Weighting within unit 4%
Coursework 2 (week 7); Weighting within unit 8%
Coursework 3 (week 11); Weighting within unit 8%
End of semester 1 examination; Weighting within unit 80%
KA Stroud, Engineering Mathematics, Palgrave
Croft et al., Introduction to Engineering Mathematics, Pearson
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|Assessment written exam
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This course unit detail provides the framework for delivery in 20/21 and may be subject to change due to any additional Covid-19 impact.
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