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MATH1004 Introductory Mathematics for Chemists and Oceanographers

Module Overview

This module is suitable for students with AS level Mathematics. Students with A level Mathematics with grade B or more are required to take MATH1008 instead. This module is designed for Chemistry and Earth Sciences students with AS-level mathematics only, and aims at providing them with a basic mathematical tool-kit which they can use in applications. The firs half of the module consists of revision of basic arithmetic and algebraic manipulations, line and quadratic functions and equations, trigonometry, and Pascal’s triangle and the binomial theorem. The second half includes exponentials and logarithms, and basic differentiation and integration of functions in one variable.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To provide students with a basic mathematical tool-kit which they can use in applications.

Learning Outcomes

Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Apply the newly adquired mathematical toolkit in a problem solving context within your discipline
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Perform simple arithmetic and algebraic manipulations
  • Sketch accurate graphs of linear and quadractic functions, and their intersections
  • Use trigonometric relations to solve general triangles, and find solutions of simple trigonometric equations
  • Use the properties of exponentials and logarithms in theoretical and practical problem solving contexts
  • Differentiate functions on one variable
  • Calculate simple definite and indefinite integrals of functions on one variable


1. Numbers and Units: types of numbers, arithmetic of fractions, display of numbers and standard form, units 2. Algebra: removing brackets, factorisation, algebraic fractions, formulae, indices, quadratic equations, systems of linear equations, partial fractions 3. Linear Functions: equation of a line, distances between points, intersections 4. Quadratic Equations: sketching, intersections with lines 5. Trigonometry: angles, sine/cosine/tangent, solving general triangles, unit circle, graphs of trigonometric functions, wave functions, trigonometric equations 6. Pascal’s Triangle and Binomial Theorem 7. Exponentials and Logarithms: properties, exponential and logarithmic functions, basic equations involving exponentials or logarithms 8. Derivatives: definition, important derivatives, rules for differentiation, higher derivatives, applications to graph sketching, tangent and normal line of a graph 9. Integration: definition, fundamental theorem of calculus, important integrals, properties, indefinite and definite integrals, integration by substitution, integration by partial fractions and by parts

Special Features

Students with A-level Mathematics grade B or above, or equivalent mathematical qualification, will not normally be allowed to take this module. This module runs in parallel with the more advanced mathematical module MATH1008 for the same cohort of students. Students in doubt as to which mathematics module they should register for are required to consult the Coordinator of this unit before registering, as the default mathematics unit for this cohort of students is MATH1008. Tutors of such students are asked to bear this requirement in mind when advising students.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures (chalk and talk based on skeletal notes provided), group tutorials, private study.

Independent Study102
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

K.A. Stroud and Dexter J. Booth (2009). Foundation Mathematics. 

Robert Lambourne and Michael Tinker (2000). Basic Mathematics for the Physical Sciences. 

Pat Maier, Anna Barney, and Geraldine Price (2009). Study Skills for Science. 

A. Croft, and R. Davison (2010). Foundation Maths. 

Paul Monk and Lindsey J. Munro (2010). Maths for Chemistry. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (2 hours) 70%
In-class Test 20%
Problem Sheets 10%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

Course texts are provided by the library and there are no additional compulsory costs associated with the module.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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