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MATH0360 Introduction to Applied Mathematics 1

10 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Professor Daniel Lesnic

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

GCSE Mathematics, or equivalent. This module is not available to students who have a Maths A-level (or equivalent)

This module is mutually exclusive with

LUBS1260Mathematics for Economics and Business 1
LUBS1270Statistics for Economics and Business 1
LUBS1280Mathematical Economics

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

A basic Applied Maths course for students who have not done A-level Mathematics.This is an introductory course in mechanics which explains how to describe the forces and bending moments in simple structures using the techniques of vectors. An elementary background in mathematics is required to take this course but no previous knowledge of mechanics will be assumed. The emphasis in teaching this course is on solving examples rather than on the theory.


To introduce the concepts of forces and couples as vectors, the techniques of resolving forces and taking moments about a given axis, methods of reduction of a system of planar forces to a force and a couple.

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
(a) work comfortably with vectors using vector algebra
(b) calculate equations of lines and use them eg to find points of intersection
(c) solve simple problems in statics using moments, forces, conditions of equilibrium and centre of mass.


- Vector algebra
- Parallelogram law of addition, unit vectors i, j, k, components, unit vectors and direction cosines
- Scalar and vector products with applications to the geometry of straight lines
- Notion of force, gravitation and weight
- Composition and resolution of forces at a point
- Moment of a force, couple
- Reduction of a force system to single force and couple
- Equilibrium of bodies acted on by system of forces
- Centre of mass.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours67.00
Total Contact hours33.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Studying and revising of course material.
Completing of assignments and assessments.

Example classes will be covered in the lectures.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Regular problem solving assignments

!!! In order to pass the module, students must pass the examination. !!!

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course Assessmentcoursework15.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)15.00

There is no resit available for the coursework component of this module. If the module is failed, the coursework mark will be carried forward and added to the resit exam mark with the same weighting as listed above.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Open Book exam2 hr 85.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)85.00

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: 29/03/2022 15:20:26


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