Undergraduate Course: Mathematics for the Natural Sciences 1a (MATH08072)
Course Outline
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 
SCQF Credits  20 
ECTS Credits  10 
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.

Course description 
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.
Eigenvalues, eigenvectors.
Basic mathematical skills will be developed using online quizzes and end of week eassessments.
Mathematical writing skills will be developed in five written assessments.

Course Delivery Information

Academic year 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1)

Quota: 175 
Course Start 
Semester 1 
Timetable 
Timetable 
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) 
Total Hours:
200
(
Lecture Hours 22,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11,
Summative Assessment Hours 3,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
160 )

Assessment (Further Info) 
Written Exam
80 %,
Coursework
20 %,
Practical Exam
0 %

Additional Information (Assessment) 
Coursework 20%, Examination: 80%.
Students repeating the course will be assessed as 100% exam only.
Students must pass exam and course overall.

Feedback 
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. 
Exam Information 
Exam Diet 
Paper Name 
Hours & Minutes 

Main Exam Diet S1 (December)  MATH08072 Mathematics for the Natural Sciences 1a  3:180   Resit Exam Diet (August)  MATH08072 Mathematics for the Natural Sciences 1a  3:180  
Learning Outcomes
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.

Reading List
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, or electronically. 
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 
Students will have key skills in basic algebra, functions, probability, statistics, vectors, matrices and complex numbers. 
Keywords  MNS1a,algebra,polynomials,functions,complex numbers,vectors,matrices,probability,statistics 
Contacts
Course organiser  Dr David Quinn
Tel:
Email: D.Quinn@ed.ac.uk 
Course secretary  Mrs Frances Reid
Tel: (0131 6)50 4883
Email: f.c.reid@ed.ac.uk 

