Undergraduate Course: Mathematics for the Natural Sciences 1a (MATH08072)
|School||School of Mathematics
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The course is a first university level course for students interested in the natural sciences and is compulsory for some degree programmes in the School of Chemistry.
The course provides key basic mathematical skills and leads naturally to calculus in MATH08073 Mathematics for the Natural Sciences 1b.
This course will cover topics in a first university course in Mathematics but not including calculus and includes the following syllabus:
Inequalities, modulus and intervals.
Functions: the circular, hyperbolic and logarithmic functions and their inverses.
Sets, counting and probability.
Random variables, discrete and continuous probability distributions.
Complex numbers: Basic operations, Cartesian, polar form.
Basic vector algebra; scalar product, vector product, triple product and geometry.
Matrices, inverses and determinants, linear equations and elimination.
Basic mathematical skills will be developed using on-line quizzes and end of week e-assessments.
Mathematical writing skills will be developed in five written assessments.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 33,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 5,
Summative Assessment Hours 3,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Computer aided assessment: 25%. Written Mathematics assignments: 25%. Examination: 50%.
Students repeating the course will be assessed as 100% exam only.
Students must pass exam and course overall.
||STACK questions (including practice) give feedback on submission. Written work will have written comments on return and solutions addressing common errors. Further feedback in workshop and peer discussions.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)|| ||3:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||3:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Display fluency in algebraic and numerical manipulations of functions including polynomial, rational, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic.
- Display fluency in manipulating vectors and matrices up to and including eigenvectors.
- Display fluency in manipulating complex numbers including finding powers and roots of complex numbers.
- Display fluency with computing probabilities and manipulating probability distributions.
- Present clear written solutions to problems involving one or more areas of the syllabus.
|Students will require a copy of the course textbook. This is currently "Mathematics for the Natural Sciences 1" compiled by Antony Maciocia ISBN:9781787267725. This is a special edition and is available only from Blackwell's bookshop at South Bridge, Edinburgh.|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Students will have key skills in basic algebra, functions, probability, statistics, vectors, matrices and complex numbers.
|Course organiser||Dr David Quinn
|Course secretary||Mrs Frances Reid
Tel: (0131 6)50 4883