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Course Overview

The course presents fundamental mathematical ideas useful in the study of Engineering. A major focus of the course is on differential and integral calculus. Applications to Engineering problems involving rates of change and averaging processes are emphasized. Complex numbers are introduced and developed. The course provides the necessary mathematical background for other engineering courses in level 2.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Ran Levi

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Beng in Petroleum Engineering (International Foundation) (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

1.    Complex Numbers: the arithmetic of complex numbers.  Argand diagrams. Modulus, conjugate, argument etc. Polar form and de Moivre's theorem.  Solution of zn = 1. Theory of polynomial equations: roots and factors of polynomials. Fundamental theorem of Algebra. Complex roots of real polynomials occur in conjugate pairs.

2.  Revision of differential calculus: derivatives, sum and product rule. Higher derivatives. Classification of critical (stationary) points, sign test and 2nd derivative tests, maxima and minima.  Higher derivatives.

3.  Further differential calculus: chain and quotient rule. Inverse functions. The functions arcsin, arccos, arctan and their derivatives. The exponential function and natural logarithms. Hyperbolic functions.

4.   Approximation & Taylor Series: The idea of approximating one function by another. Linear (first) approximation. Second and higher approximations. Infinite series and Taylor series.

5.   Revision of integral calculus:  indefinite and definite integrals, integration of some simple functions.

6.   Further integral calculus: integration by substitution and by parts. Applications of integration.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • Beng in Petroleum Engineering (International Foundation)

Contact Teaching Time

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Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: 1 three-hour written examination (80%) and continuous assessment (20%).
The in-course assessment comprises a single Class Test to be done in 45 minutes.
Resit: 1 three-hour written examination (80%) and continuous assessment (20%).

Formative Assessment



We put model answers/mark schemes for all coursework and the mock exams on MyAberdeen to give students the chance to self-assess their own performance.

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