MAS153: Mathematics (Materials), 2019–2020

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Course Information

This module is a 20-credit, year-long module which covers the mathematics you will need for the first year of your degree.

Twice a week, you will go through the following cycle of events:

In addition, you should be working on exercises from the exercise sheets in your own time.

The module is assessed by:

The videos and online tests only cover basic material, so in order to pass the course, you will have to engage fully with the problem sheets, the exercises, and past papers.

Here is a page of links to the official course information, including syllabus information.

Full-class lectures

There are some full-class lectures scheduled as below. Everyone should attend all of these lectures.

Semester 1

These will be held on Wednesday in week 1, at 1pm in Dainton LT1;
Friday in week 3, at 11am in the SU auditorium;
Friday in week 4, at 11am in Stephenson LT1.

Here are the notes for the lectures that have taken place.

Semester 1Semester 2
Week 1 Notes
Week 3 Notes
Week 4

Semester 1 Reading Week

There is a reading week for the course in Week 7 of Semester 1. There will be no lectures or problem classes in this week, and you should use it to catch up on all the material from the course so far.

Course Materials

Notes and Exercises

Semester 1
Functions Exercises and worked solutions
Differentiation Exercises and worked solutions
Maclaurin series and l'Hopital's Rule Exercises and worked solutions
Partial Differentiation Exercises and worked solutions
Complex Numbers Exercises 1 and worked solutions
Exercises 2 and worked solutions
Vectors Exercises and worked solutions

Video Lectures

The video lectures and online tests are accessed at the link below.

Note: The login details are not the same as for your University email account. You will need to enter your details and click 'Send Password' to receive the password via email.

Videos and tests are normally released in Semester 1 at the following times:

If it doesn't work, try using a different browser, or failing that a different computer or device altogether. Make sure Javascript is enabled! Please don't leave the tests until close to the deadline: it is unlikely that you will be able to get any technical help late in the evenings.

Problem Classes

The problem class groups with rooms are shown on the documents below. Each student attends two problem classes per week.

If you don't think you're on the list, email

The worksheets used by the tutors in the problem classes are available below.

Semester 1
Week 1 Curve Sketching
Domain and Range
Week 2 Trigonometry and Binomial Expansions
Inverse Functions
Week 3 Hyperbolic Functions
Week 4 Differentiation Rules
Semester 2

Some questions have stars next to them: these questions are usually a little harder, and usually contain material that's not examinable. However, doing them might still be good preparation for the exams!

There is also a revision sheet along the lines of a normal problems class sheet.


Support helpline (for nonmathematical questions)

There is an email address for getting support, This is usually the best way of getting help with non-mathematical problems, including problems with the videos and online tests.

You will receive a response as quickly as possible. This e-mail is checked only between 8:30am and 4pm from Monday to Friday, and you will not receive a response outside these times. It may take longer to receive a response at peak times, particularly at the start of term. Please include your module code (MAS153) in the title of any emails you send.

Discussion board (for mathematical questions)

The discussion board is a forum for students to use to ask and answer (anonymously, if preferred) questions on the material for the course. The board lies in MOLE, so log-in with your usual username and password when asked.

This is usually the best way of getting help with mathematical problems.

Exam matters

There are past papers, with solutions, for the previous two years' exams below. According to departmental policy, we will not be providing solutions for other exams. However, you can find past papers from further back on the past exams page on the School of Mathematics and Statistics webpage.

Here are some other possibly-useful exam-related things:

Interesting Extras

Below are things related to material covered in the course which may be of interest to you.