There is 24 hour strike this Tuesday, and so we will have our Week 2 class on Wednesday 5 February, 19:00-22:00, in the same room, B188.

Diagnostic Test

If you haven’t already, you are invited to take the following ‘Diagnostic Test’:

       click here

This ‘Test’ does not go towards your grade, but allows me to give you some feedback on where you are in terms of material you have seen before that will be used in this module.


The manuals are available in the Copy Centre and must be purchased before next Wednesday’s class.

Week 1

We began our study of Chapter 1, Vector Algebra by studying the difference between a scalar (single number) and a vector (list of numbers). We looked at how to both visualise vectors and describe them algebraically. We learned how to find the magnitude  and direction of a vector, add them and scalar multiply them. We spoke about displacement vectors and introduced the vector product known as the dot product.


How much time you put into homework is up to you: of course the more time you put in the better but we all have competing interests. Please feel free to ask me questions about the exercises via email or even better on this webpage.

Next week we are going to be lucky in that we are might have some tutorial time, primarily with P. 29, Q.1-11. If you want to make a start on P.29 as homework, you will be a step ahead and invited to work on as per below.

  • P.29, Q.1-2

Week 2

In Week 2 we will finish talking about the dot product before doing some tutorial work on the p.29 exercises.

We might start talking about the vector product.

Test 1

If we finish the Vectors chapter in Week 3 the test will be in Week 5 (this is very likely): otherwise we will push this out to Week 6. Official notice will be given in Week 3 (or Week 4 if necessary). There is a sample test in the notes.


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

Academic Learning Centre

If you are a little worried about your maths this semester, perhaps after the Diagnostic Test or in general, I would just like to remind you about the Academic Learning Centre. Next week, some students will receive emails detailing areas of maths that they should brush up on. The timetable is here: there is some availability after 17:00 on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Student Resources

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