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MA1508: CALCULUS II (2017-2018)

Last modified: 23 Aug 2017 15:21

Course Overview

The aim of the course is to provide an introduction to Integral Calculus and the theory of sequences and series, to discuss their applications to the theory of functions, and to give an introduction to the theory of functions of several variables. 

This provides the necessary mathematical background for further study in mathematics, physics, computing science, chemistry and engineering.

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 Vassili Gorbunov

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

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Course Description

The course is a continuation of Calculus I from the 1st session. It develops the basic ideas concerning the integration of a function of one variable. It introduces Taylor series and determines these series for the most common functions. It also provides a first introduction to differential equations which are fundamental in applications of Mathematics to other sciences.



  • Convergence of limits and their calculation.
  • Definite and indefinite integrals.
  • Series and their convergence.
  • Convergence tests for series.
  • Power series and Taylor series.
  • Partial and directional derivatives.

Further Information & Notes

Course Aims

To further develop understanding of the concepts, techniques, and tools of calculus. Calculus is the mathematical study of variation. This course emphasises integral calculus, sequences and series, and introduces multivariable calculus. Applications to the theory of functions will be discussed.


Learning Objectives
By the end of this course the student should:
-be able to state the main definitions and theorems of the course;
-be able to apply appropriate techniques to compute definite and indefinite integrals;
-understand what it means for a sequence to converge;
-be able to compute the limits of many sequences;
-understand what it means for a series (infinite sum) to converge;
-be able to apply appropriate techniques to determine whether a series converges;
-understand how functions may be represented by power series; and
-understand the meaning behind partial and directional derivatives, and how to compute them.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Applied Mathematics
  • BSc Chemistry with Mathematics
  • BSc Computing Science and Physics
  • BSc Geology - Physics
  • BSc Mathematics
  • BSc Mathematics with Gaelic
  • BSc Mathematics-Physics
  • BSc Physics
  • BSc Physics with Modern Languages
  • BSc Physics with Philosophy
  • Bachelor Of Science In Geophysics
  • MA Applied Mathematics
  • MA Mathematics
  • MA Natural Philosophy
  • MA Philosophy-Physics
  • Mathematics Joint
  • Mathematics Major
  • Mathematics Minor
  • Physics Joint
  • Physics Major
  • Physics Minor

Contact Teaching Time

43 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (70%); in-course assessment (30%).
Resit: 1 two-hour written examination paper (maximum of (100%) resit and (70%) resit with (30%) in-course assessment).

Formative Assessment

Informal assessment of weekly homework through discussions in tutorials.


In-course assignments will normally be marked within one week and feedback provided to students in tutorials. Students will be invited to contact the Course Coordinator for feedback on the final examination.

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