Co-ordinate Geometry and Trigonometry - MAST0022

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 3 15 (7.5) Christopher Woodcock checkmark-circle


This module introduces fundamental methods needed for the study of mathematical subjects at degree level.
a) Co-ordinate Geometry: co-ordinate geometry of straight lines and circles, parallel and perpendicular lines, applications to plots of experimental data.
b) Trigonometry: definitions and properties of trigonometric, inverse trigonometric, and reciprocal trigonometric functions, radians, solving basic trigonometric equations, compound angle formulae, small angle formulae, geometry in right-angled and non-right angled triangles, sine and cosine rule, opposite and alternate angle theorems.
c) Vectors: Notations for and representation of vectors in one, two, and three dimensions; addition, subtraction, and scalar multiplication of vectors; magnitude of a vector.


Contact hours

Contact Hours: 37
Private Study: 113
Total: 150

Method of assessment

Assessment 1 (10-15 hrs) 20%
Assessment 2 (10-15 hrs) 20%
Examination (2 hours) 60%

Reassessment methods:

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 demonstrate understanding of the basic body of knowledge associated with standard functions and their graphical interpretation, geometry, trigonometry and vectors;
2 demonstrate the capability to solve problems in accordance with the basic theories and concepts of functions, trigonometry and geometry, whilst demonstrating a reasonable
level of skill in calculation and manipulation of the material;
3 apply the basic techniques associated with functions, trigonometry and geometry in several well-defined contexts;
4 demonstrate mathematical proficiency suitable for Stage 1 entry.


  1. Credit level 3. Foundation level module taken in preparation for a degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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