Pre-requisite: A-level Mathematics
OverviewThis module introduces widely-used mathematical methods for functions of a single variable. The emphasis is on the practical use of these methods; key theorems are stated but not proved at this stage. Tutorials and Maple worksheets will be used to support taught material.
Complex numbers: Complex arithmetic, the complex conjugate, the Argand diagram, de Moivre's Theorem, modulus-argument form; elementary functions
Polynomials: Fundamental Theorem of Algebra (statement only), roots, factorization, rational functions, partial fractions
Single variable calculus: Differentiation, including product and chain rules; Fundamental Theorem of Calculus (statement only), elementary integrals, change of variables, integration by parts, differentiation of integrals with variable limits
Scalar ordinary differential equations (ODEs): definition; methods for first-order ODEs; principle of superposition for linear ODEs; particular integrals; second-order linear ODEs with constant coefficients; initial-value problems
Curve sketching: graphs of elementary functions, maxima, minima and points of inflection, asymptotes
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Method of assessment
80% examination and 20% coursework.
E. Kreyszig, Advanced Engineering Mathematics (10th edition), John Wiley, 2011
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 demonstrate knowledge of the underlying concepts and principles associated with basic mathematical methods for functions of a single variable;
2 demonstrate the capability to make sound judgements in accordance with the basic theories and concepts in the following areas, whilst demonstrating a reasonable level of skill in calculation and manipulation of the material: polynomials, differentiation, integration, elementary solution methods for scalar ODEs, curve sketching;
3 apply the underlying concepts and principles associated with basic single-variable techniques in several well-defined contexts, showing an ability to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems in this area;
4 make appropriate use of Maple.
The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to demonstrate an increased ability to:
1 manage their own learning and make use of appropriate resources;
2 understand logical arguments, identifying the assumptions made and the conclusions drawn;
3 communicate straightforward arguments and conclusions reasonably accurately and clearly;
4 manage their time and use their organisational skills to plan and implement efficient and effective modes of working;
5 solve problems relating to qualitative and quantitative information;
6 make use of information technology skills such as online resources (Moodle) and Maple;
7 communicate technical and non-technical material competently;
8 demonstrate an increased level of skill in numeracy and computation.