Test 1

As I said in Tuesday’s lecture, I was a little concerned to see so many people still writing when time was up.

I said that the test is normally 55 rather than 50 minutes long (due to restrictions placed on me by the Exams Office (that I subsequently saw were unnecessary)), but that I had thought I had adjusted the test appropriately.

There are two main reasons why people might have been still writing with time up:

  • people, primarily due to missing too many classes, were not prepared properly, and/or
  • the test was too long

I can apologise unreservedly if it was the case that the test was too long.

How I can I fix this?

First of all, for the second test I will give ye the full hour rather than 55 minutes.

The second thing I will do is look back on last year’s results for Test 1 and look at the average of those:

  • with zero attendance warnings
  • with one attendance warnings
  • with two attendance warnings
  • with three attendance warnings

If these differ significantly from this year’s averages, I will adjust upwards the marks appropriately.

If I don’t see a significant difference I am going to put the fact that people were still writing with no time left as primarily down to them not having prepared properly for the test.

Week 6

We had the test on Monday and this meant we could not start a review of differentiation. On Tuesday we looked at Cramer’s Rule, and then on Thursday we did one more question followed by a Concept MCQ on Matrices.

I actually have videos from last year if you missed some classes from Week 6:

Week 7

We will start Chapter 3 with a review of differentiation followed by a look at Parametric Differentiation.

If you want to look ahead here are two videos:

Test 2

On Chapter 3, is planned for 5 pm (not 4 pm) Monday 25 NovemberPlease contact me if this poses a problem for you.

Telegram App

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You should be able to leave whenever you want. If you feel this is working well for you, invite more colleagues.

You can ask anything you want about MATH6040 in the group. I recommend using photos to highlight exercises or your efforts, etc. As the best way to learn is to teach, ideally other students in the group will answer questions. Every morning I will answer unanswered questions.

It is good to put some humanity into everything we do, but do not even approach the line of inappropriateness. Keep things professional please.

Academic Learning Centre

If you are a little worried about your maths this semester, perhaps after the Quick Test or in general, I would just like to remind you about the Academic Learning Centre. Most students received slips detailing areas of maths that they should brush up on. The timetable is here.


Please feel free to ask me questions about the exercises via email or even better on this webpage.

CIT Mathematics Exam Papers

These are not always found in your programme selection — most of the time you will have to look here.

Student Resources

Please see the Student Resources tab on the top of this page for information on the Academic Learning Centre, etc.