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BSc/MChem Chemistry with an Integrated Foundation Year / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Mathematics 0C2

Course unit fact file
Unit code MATH19832
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Available as a free choice unit? No


To provide an elementary second-semester course in calculus and algebra to students entering the university with no post-GCSE mathematics in the Foundation Year.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit successful students will be able to:

- define complex numbers and sketch them using the Argand Diagram

- perform arithmetic operations on complex numbers and compute their moduli, arguments and conjugates

- express complex numbers in their polar and exponential forms and perform computations using these expressions

- define arithmetic, geometric and binomial sequences, evaluate their sums and compute convergent series

- define binomial coefficients, write binomial formula and apply it in integration exercises

- write Taylor and Maclaurin Series and apply them to compute limits

- apply implicit, logarithmic and parametric differentiation in differentiation exercises

- write integration by parts and integration by substitution formulae and apply them in integration exercises

- compute examples of improper integrals

- express improper rational functions as proper rational functions

- find partial fraction coefficients for proper rational functions

- apply the algorithms of simplifying improper rational functions to compute their integrals


Complex Numbers (5 lectures) :

  • Definition.
  • Arithmetic operations in Cartesian form.
  • Argand Diagram.
  • Modulus, argument and conjugate.
  • Polar and Exponential forms.

Sequences and Series (4 lectures)

  • The notation of series
  • Arithmetic and Geometric Series
  • The role of convergence
  • Binomial Series

Further Differentiation (4 lectures)

  • Taylor and Maclaurin Series
  • Implicit Differentiation
  • Logarithmic Differentiation
  • Parametric Differentiation

Further Integration (4-5 lectures)

  • Reminder of basic integration
  • Integration by parts
  • Integration by substitution
  • Improper integrals

Rational Functions and Partial Fractions (4-5 lectures)

  • Simple Rational Functions (including distinction of proper / improper)
  • Forms for Partial Fractions
  • Techniques for finding partial fraction coefficients

Integration using partial fractions

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 20%
Written exam 80%

Coursework 1 (week 4); Weighting within unit 10%

    Coursework 2 (week 10); Weighting within unit 10%

    End of semester 2 examination; Weighting within unit 80%

Recommended reading

CROFT, A & DAVISON, R. 2010. Foundation Maths (5th ed.) Pearson Education, Harlow. (ISBN9780273730767)

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 22
Tutorials 11
Independent study hours
Independent study 67

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Tuomas Sahlsten Unit coordinator

Additional notes

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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