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Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16

Course Overview

This course is aimed at those students who want to build confidence and skills working in mathematics. This is applies to both those who need to build knowledge and those who simply wish to revise and strengthen their existing knowledge.

Mathematics is fundamental tool in Engineering. This course will help develop an understanding of the meaning of the abstract mathematics and this, in turn, helps to improve speed and accuracy working with mathematical notation. Topics covered are listed in the Course Description.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Ben Martin

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

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

  • Engineering (EG) (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • MA1515 Mathematics for Sciences (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

  • Algebra, geometry, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms. Powers, laws of indices.
  • Co-ordinate geometry: Cartesian co-ordinates, equations of straight line and circle.
  • Trigonometry:  circles, basic trigonometric functions, identities.
  • Basic differentiation: Introduction to the derivative. Slopes. Rate of change and velocity. Derivatives of elementary functions. Differentiable at a point. Differentiable over an interval. The derived function (terms rate of change, average gradient, strictly increasing, strictly decreasing, stationary point (value), maximum turning point (value), minimum turning point (value), point of inflexion, the chain rule, basic trigonometric functions. Higher derivatives. Logarithms.
  • Basic integration: Introduction to integration: Integral, integrate, constant of integration, definite integral, limits of integration, indefinite integral. Integration by substitution.  Area under a curve. Integration of elementary functions. Evaluate definite integrals. Determine the area bounded by two curves. 
  • Vectors in three dimensions:  Scalar multiple, position vector, unit vector, component.  Vector addition and multiplication by a scalar.  Scalar product.  Determine the distance between two points in three dimensional space.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 30 August 2024 for 1st half-session courses and 20 December 2024 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (80%) and continuous assessment (20%).

Resit: 1 two-hour written examination (80%) and continuous assessment (20%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Marks for all continuously assessed work will be available through MyAberdeen and the work itself can be viewed on request.

Course Learning Outcomes


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