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CIVE1619 Preparatory Mathematics For Engineers

10 creditsClass Size: 180

Module manager: Dr P A Sleigh

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2007/08

This module is not approved as an Elective


To prepare students without A Level Mathematics for the Modules Engineering Mathematics 1.1 & 1.2.


Algebra and Functions:
- Simplification of rational algebraic expressions including factorising and cancelling, and dividing one polynomial by another,
- Rational functions and partial fractions,
- The Remainder Theorem.Co-ordinate geometry in the (x,y)-plane,
- Co-ordinate geometry of the circle, standard equation of the circle,
- Cartesian and parametric representations of curves and the conversion between them. Sequences and Series Expansions;
- The expansion of (1+x)^n, the notations n! and ,
- Binomial expansion of (1+x)^q where q is a rational number. Trigonometry;
- The secant, cosecant and cotangent functions,
- Inverse trigonometric functions, their graphs and their restricted domains and their relationship with the sine cosine and tangent functions,
- Knowledge and use of double angle formulas, the formulas for sin(A +/- B), cos(A +/- B and tan(A +/- B),
- Expression of a.cosq + b.sinq in the forms r.cos(q+a) and r.sin(q+a). Exponentials and logarithms;
- Exponential growth and decay,
- The solution of equations of the form a^x=b. Differentiation;
- The derivatives of the trigonometric functions,
- Application of differentiation to tangents and normals,
- Differentiation using the product, quotient and chain rules, and the formula dx/dy=1/(dy/dx),
- Differentiation of functions defined implicitly or parametrically,
- Formation of simple differential equations. Integration;
- Integration of sinx and cosx,
- Simple cases of integration by parts and using substitutions,
- Simple cases of integration using partial fractions,
- Analytical solution of first order differential equations with separable variables.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours56.00
Total Contact hours44.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

33 hours - 1 hour reading per lecture, 2 hours per example sheet
23 hours - exam preparation

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- 4 marked problem sheets during semester

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Problem SheetProblem sheet 15.00
Problem SheetProblem sheet 25.00
Problem SheetProblem sheet 35.00
Problem SheetProblem sheet 45.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 08/11/2007


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