Mathematics I - PHYS3110

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 4 15 (7.5) Clare Dunning checkmark-circle


This module builds on prior knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, and trigonometry. It will cover key areas of mathematics which are widely used throughout undergraduate university physics. In the first part it will look at functions, series, derivatives and integrals. In the second part it will look at vectors, matrices and complex numbers.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 36
Total Private Study Hours: 114
Total Study Hours: 150


Not available at an elective module choice.

Method of assessment

• Problem Set 1 (4 hours) – 15%
• Problem Set 2 (4 hours) – 15%
• Examination (2 hours) – 70%

Indicative reading

Stroud, K., and Booth, D. (2020). Engineering Mathematics (Eighth Edition). London: Palgrave Macmillan

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of theorems in pure and applied mathematics which have relevance to the physical sciences.
2 Analyse mathematical problems and select appropriate mathematical theorems and techniques for their solution.
3 Correctly carry out algebraic manipulations, differentiate, and integrate, when solving mathematical problem.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate 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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