MAS110 Mathematics Core I

Semester 1, 2017/18 20 Credits
Lecturer: Dr Jayanta Manoharmayum uses MOLE Timetable Reading List
Assessment Full Syllabus

The star players in this module are the trigonometric and exponential functions, and their inverses. These are the first functions we meet that go beyond polynomial and rational functions, which are generated by simple arithmetical operations. We first meet trigonometric functions in right-angled triangles, and exponential functions in considering how few powers of 10 separate atoms from galaxies. In this module we shall see how these two types of functions, coming from such different sources, are intimately linked (but only when we allow complex numbers, involving the square root of minus one). We shall be especially concerned with their special role in calculus, exemplified by their appearance together in the solutions of differential equations in the last part of the module. In preparation, we shall seek a thorough understanding of differentiation and integration, and we begin with some foundational material on sets, functions and counting, on which much of mathematics can be built.

There are no prerequisites for this module.

The following modules have this module as a prerequisite:

MAS111Mathematics Core II
MAS112Vectors and Mechanics
MAS222Differential Equations

Outline syllabus

  1. Sets, functions and counting
  2. Summation and Induction
  3. Trigonometry
  4. Complex numbers
  5. Limits
  6. Differentiation
  7. Sequences and series
  8. Integration
  9. Logarithms, exponentials and series
  10. Differential equations

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43 lectures, 6 tutorials, 5 practicals


One formal 2 hour exam. All questions compulsory; format varies. (90

Five quizzes in the Problems Classes/Practicals. (10

Full syllabus

  1. Sets, functions and counting (7 lectures)
    Sets, subsets, finite and infinite sets. Natural numbers, integers, rational and real numbers. Set operations: unions, intersections, difference, cartesian products of sets. Functions between arbitrary sets. Surjections, injections, bijections and inverse functions. Real-valued functions of real numbers, their domains and images, R2 and R3 in geometry. The fundamental role of sets in mathematics, Russell's paradox. Counting elements of finite sets. Counting permutations and combinations. Binomial Theorem. The Multinomial Theorem.
  2. Summation and Induction (2 lectures)
    Proof by induction. Summation of geometric and arithmetic series, and of the first n squares.
  3. Trigonometry (3 lectures)
    Radians, circles and periodicity, geometrical definitions of trigonometric functions and their relation with triangles. Addition and double angle formulas. Inverse trigonometric functions. Addition formula for inverse tan and Pi.
  4. Complex numbers (4 lectures)
    Square roots of negative numbers, complex numbers. Argand diagram, modulus, argument and triangle inequality. Geometrical realisations of addition and multiplication, de Moivre's Theorem, nth roots of unity.
  5. Limits and continuity (4 lectures)
    Idea of a limit and continuity. Left and right limits, limit at infinity. Sandwich rule, standard limit formulas.
  6. Differentiation (4 lectures)
    Tangent lines, the derivative as a limit, justifications of the sum, product, quotient and chain rules. Implicit differentiation. Differentiation of trigonometric and inverse trigonometric functions. The derivative as a rate of change. L'Hospital's rule.
  7. Sequences and series (5 lectures)
    Idea of convergence of sequences. Sandwich rule, bounded monotone sequences, standard limit formulas. Infinite series of positive terms. Review of basic examples including geometric and harmonic series. Absolute convergence.
  8. Integration (5 lectures)
    Areas under graphs, Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Reversing the Chain Rule and the Product Rule to get integration by substitution and integration by parts. Trigonometric substitutions.
  9. Logarithms, exponentials and series (5 lectures)
    The natural logarithm as an integral, and the exponential function as its inverse. Differentiation of arbitrary powers. Maclaurin series, arithmetical definitions of sin, cos and exp via infinite series.
    The complex exponential, Euler's formula, exponential form, new insight into addition formulas.
  10. Differential equations (4 lectures)
    Separation of variables, integrating factors, homogeneous equations. Second order homogeneous equations with constant coefficients, auxiliary polynomial. General solutions and initial conditions. Non-homogeneous equations, particular integrals.

Reading list

Type Author(s) Title Library Blackwells Amazon
C Jordan and Smith Mathematical Techniques 510 Blackwells Amazon
C Kreyszig Advanced Engineering Mathematics 510.2462 Blackwells Amazon
C Ross and Wright Discrete Mathematics, 5th edition. 510 Blackwells Amazon
C Smith and Minton Calculus 515 Blackwells Amazon
C Stewart Calculus 515 Blackwells Amazon
C Stewart, Redlin and Watson Precalculus Blackwells Amazon
C Thomas (and Finney) Calculus Blackwells Amazon

(A = essential, B = recommended, C = background.)

Most books on reading lists should also be available from the Blackwells shop at Jessop West.