Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Mutually Exclusive
MA12110, MA12610
A-level Mathematics or equivalent.
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 44 Hours. (44 x 1 hour lectures)
Seminars / Tutorials 10 Hours. (10 x 1 hour tutorials)


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Coursework  20%
Semester Exam 2x2 Hours   written examinations: 2 papers, 2 hours each; one paper Algebra, one Calculus  80%
Supplementary Assessment 2 Hours   (written examination)  100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, a student should be able to:
1. use the notation for sets and mappings;
2. construct proofs using the Principle of Mathematical Induction;
3. apply the Binomial Theorem for an integer exponent in various situations;
4. obtain the sums of arithmetic and geometric series;
5. manipulate complex numbers and use DeMoivre's Theorem;
6. use the Division Algorithm for polynomials;
7. derive identities involving the roots of a polynomial and its coefficients;
8. sketch the graphs of simple functions;
9. calculate the limits of real valued functions;
10. determine whether given functions are continuous or not;
11. explain the idea of derivative and compute derivatives from first principles;
12. explain the notion of inverse function;
13. derive the formulae for the derivative of products and quotients of functions;
14. compute the derivative of functions;
15. determine the local maxima and minima of functions and their points of inflexion;
16. compute integrals by the methods of substitution and integration by parts;
17. compute integrals of rational functions and trigonometric functions.

Brief description

This module covers the algebra and calculus which are fundamental to the development of mathematics.


To introduce students to the ideas of algebra through the study of complex numbers and polynomials; to establish a clear understanding of the ideas of limit and derivative; to develop technical facility in calculations involving limits and derivatives and to develop techniques for determining definite and indefinite integrals.


1. SETS AND MAPPINGS: Introduction to number systems and mappings.
2. FINITE SUMS: The Binomial Theorem, arithmetic and geometric series. The Principle of Mathematical Induction.
3. COMPLEX NUMBERS: Geometric interpretation. DeMoivre's Theorem.
4. POLYNOMIALS: The Division Algorithm and the Remainder Theorem. Symmetric functions. Relations between roots of a polynomial and its coefficients.
5. FUNCTIONS OF A REAL VARIABLE: Graphs of elementary functions (polynomial, trigonometric, exponential, logarithm, absolute value, integer part). Periodic functions, even and odd functions. Operations on functions: addition, multiplication, division, composition.
6. LIMITS AND CONTINUITY: Limit notation. Rules for manipulation of limits. Sandwich theorem for limits, applications. Definition of continuity at a point in terms of limits. Continuity of sum, product, quotient and composite of continuous functions. Intermediate - value theorem.
7. DIFFERENTIATION: Fermat's difference quotient (f(x)-f(a))/(x-a). Definition of the derivative of f(x) at a point. Geometric significance of the derivative. Differentiation from first principles of some elementary functions. Continuity of differentiable function; examples of continuous nondifferentiable functions. Rules for differentiation. Examples on differentiation, including logarithmic differentiation. Second-order derivatives.
8. INVERSE FUNCTIONS: Definition. Trigonometric and polynomial examples. Differentiation of elementary inverse functions.
9. LOCAL MAXIMA AND MINIMA, CURVE SKETCHING: Locating the critical points of a function. Using the first derivative test to determine local maxima and minima. Points of inflexion. Graphs of rational functions, vertical asymptotes, horizontal asymptotes.
10. INTEGRATION: The Fundamental theorem of the integral calculus. Linearity properties of integration. Indefinite integrals. Methods of integration: integration by substitution, integration by parts. Definition of log x as an integral. Properties of the log function from the properties of the integral. The exponential function as the inverse of the log function. The hyperbolic functions. Integration of rational functions, use of partial fractions.

Reading List

Recommended Text
M W Liebeck (2000) A concise introduction to pure mathematics CRC Press Primo search Weir, M D, Haas, J and Giordano, F R (2005) Thomas' Calculus 11/e Addison Wesley Primo search
Supplementary Text
D W Jordan and P Smith (1994) Mathematical techniques: an introduction for the engineering, physical and mathematical sciences Oxford University Press Primo search J Stewart (2001) Calculus : concepts and contexts 2/e Brooks/Cole Primo search K E Hirst (1995) Numbers, sequences and series Arnold Primo search R A Adams (1999) Calculus - a complete course 4/e Addison-Wesley Primo search R L Finney and G B Thomas, [FT] (1994) Calculus 2nd Addison-Wesley Primo search Salas, Hille and Ergen (2003) Calculus 9th ed Wiley Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 4