The variety of mathematics courses available enables students to work at their own pace, on topics of their choice. The aim of all courses is to broaden and enrich existing mathematical knowledge, so the teaching of new material is always preceded by a review of each student’s current mathematical skills.
Presentation of material is accompanied by worked examples and students then move onto applications and problem-solving exercises at an appropriate level. Group ‘workshop’ sessions and individual tutorials form the basis of the teaching.
Students usually follow one or more of the following courses of study:
- Factor and remainder theorems
- Linear and quadratic equations
- Rational functions and their graphs
- Irrational and complex numbers
- Co-ordinate geometry: lines, circles and conic sections
If x = 1 is a solution of the equation 2x3– x2-2x+ 1= 0 find the other two roots.
Hence or otherwise solve the inequality 2x3– x2-2x+ 1> 0
- Elementary definition of trigonometric functions
- Graphs of the trigonometric functions
- Solution of triangles including sine and cosine rules
- Trigonometric formulas and equations
- Prove the law of cosines
- Prove the identity cos 4 q -sin 4 q º cos 2q
PRE-CALCULUS (ADVANCED ALGEBRA
- Functions and graphs
- Domain and range of a function
- Composite functions, inverse functions
- Quadratic, cubic, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions
- Sequences and series, including the Binomial expansion, and arithmetic and geometric progressions
- Find the inverse of the function f(x) = ln (x+1)
- If p, 6 and q form a geometric progression and p, 10 and q form an arithmetic progression, find the possible values of p and q.
- Review of the concept of a function and its graph
- Limits and continuity
- Differentiation including the product, quotient and chain rules
- Elementary integration and its application to areas and volumes
- Find the range of the function f(x) = ln x
Show that the function f(x) = |x| is continuous at x = 0 but not differentiable.
Students who wish to take Calculus BC should be familiar with the contents of a Calculus AB course. Otherwise, students should consider taking Calculus AB instead.
- The concept of a limit with its rigorous definition
- Parametric and implicit differentiation
- Integration by substitution, partial fractions, trigonometric identites and parts
- Differential equations
- Series expansions by Maclaurin
- Application of calculus to lengths of arc, and areas and volumes of revolutions
dy = y2
- a) Solve the diferential equation
PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS
- Elementary probability: definitions, simple formulas, and tree diagrams
- Probability distributions (continuous and discrete) with their means and variances
- The Binomial, Poisson, Geometric and Normal distributions
- Hypothesis testing
- Regression and correlation
In the manufacture of commercial carpet, small faults occur at random in the carpet at an average rate of 0.95 per 20 m2.
Find the probability that in a randomly selected 20 m2 area of carpet there are
- no faults.
- at most two faults
The ground floor of a new office block has ten rooms. Each room has an area of 80 m2 and has been carpeted using the same commercial carpet described above.
For any one of these rooms, determine the probability that the carpet in that room contains
- at leaast two faults.
- exactly three faults.
- at most five faults.
Find the probability that in exactly half of these ten rooms, the carpets will contain exactly three faults.
- To advance and enrich the existing mathematical knowledge of each student
- To gain awareness of the importance of mathematical rigour
- To understand the underlying elegance and style of good mathematical literature
- To be able to abstract necessary information from real-life problems into a mathematical setting
- To be more self-sufficient mathematically
- To be prepared for future mathematical studies
- To better appreciate the nature of mathematics as a whole, and to have a more advanced, specialised understanding of the topics covered
All students must fulfil formal assessment requirements. Typically students complete two or three problem sheets per week, and will be tested at least twice during the duration of the course. Final grades are mainly based on the two course tests, but performance in class, and in solving the problem sheets, is taken into account.
- 80% Tests
- 10% Problem sheets
- 10% Class Participation
This class is normally delivered over one term, with 90 teaching hours or equivalent in Michaelmas term, and 60 teaching contact hours for Hilary and Trinity terms. For students requesting credit, we recommend the transfer of three college credits for Michaelmas and two college credits for Hilary and Trinity, on successful completion of the class and the final project.
Recommended Introductory Reading:
Although there is no specific preparation or advanced reading required, students should carefully review their mathematical knowledge from appropriate textbooks.