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Paternity Leave

I will be on paternity leave until Monday 12 October. My colleague Dr Mark Hartnett (mark.hartnett@cit.ie) will answer any email queries that you have.


The lectures are being delivered via pre-recorded lectures. As you will see, the lectures use a manual that contain all the lecture material, via gaps that are filled in during lectures, and exercises. I tend to use a number of colours during lectures, and pencil, so you might want to consider ordering some of these:


In a sliding scale from best to worst, in my opinion, here are your options for using this manual. There are other options but I cannot recommend them. If you do option one you have all your notes in one place and can follow the lectures as if you were in the classroom.

  1. Email copy.centre@cit.ie and tell them you want to order a bound copy of MATH6055 Manual Winter 2020. The manuals can be collected from Reprographics beside the Student Centre. Note that this is a cash-free area so you will need to put the appropriate amount of funds on your student card. At the time of writing I do not know the cost but it will be of the order of €13. This seems like a lot of money for a manual but with all the materials (including exercises, summaries, etc) it comes to 165 pages and provides a comprehensive resource for this module.
  2. Print off the manual at home or somewhere else. Click here to find a copy.
  3. I am going to scan and email the completed slides. You can keep these somewhere for your notes. You could print these or keep digital copies. Here is the first tranch of notes.

Week 1

You are advised to to spend seven hours per week on MATH6055. This should comprise of however long is recommended to watch the lectures, and then the rest of time should be spent doing exercises, emailing questions, and submitting work. At the time of writing, the mechanism for submitting work is not yet set up.


Schedule about three hours to watch these two hours of lectures. I recommend about 50% extra time as you will want to pause/rewind.


I recommend spending four hours on this week’s exercises.

I do not at the time of writing have the mechanism in place for submitting work.

You can (carefully) take photos of your work. If possible, convert the images to a single pdf file. To do this, select all the images in a folder, right-click and press print. It will say something like How do you want to print your pictures? Press (Microsoft?) Print to PDF. If possible choose an orientation that has all the images in portrait.

Ordinarily I would encourage you to ask questions via email at any time but at present this mechanism is not in place.


  • p. 31, Q. 1-3
  • p.32, Q. 4-7
  • p.33, Q. 15-21
  • p.33, Q. 22-24

Additional/Harder Exercises:

  • p.34, Q. 25, 27

Week 2

We will talk more about Laws of Sets, the Inclusion/Exclusion Principle, and we will hopefully start talking about Cartesian Products.

Academic Learning Centre

I would urge anyone having any problems with material that isn’t being addressed in the tutorial communication to use the Academic Learning Centre. If you are a little worried about your maths this semester you need to be aware of this resource. You will get best results if you come to the helpers there ith specific questions.


At the time of writing, the assessment schedule has not been finalised, but we are considering two 50% tests.

Student Resources

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