Foundation Mathematics B (F3302)

15 credits, Level 3 (sub-degree)

Spring teaching

This module covers the foundations of Mathematics, also appropriate for Engineering and Physics.

It covers further calculus, vectors, complex numbers and series.

  • In further calculus you learn:
  • further differentiation
  • further integration
  • applications and approximate methods of integration
  • trapezium and Simpson’s rule.

With vectors you learn:

  • addition and subtraction
  • decomposition and resolution
  • scalar and vector products.

With complex numbers you learn:

  • addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  • complex roots of quadratic equations
  • the Argand diagram.

With series and approximations you learn:

  • permutations and combinations
  • arithmetic and geometric progressions
  • binomial theorem
  • Maclaurin’s and Taylor’s theorem.

You also learn coordinate geometry including polar coordinates.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 53 hours of contact time and about 97 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. The structure of some courses means that the modules you choose first may determine whether later modules are core or optional.