In theory you are supposed to spend seven hours per week on MATH6040: my recommendation is that you watch the lecture material, then spend whatever other time you have for MATH6040 on exercises. It is up to you to decide when you complete learning tasks and timetable yourself. There are three hours of MATH6040 slots on your timetable that you can use if you want. Even with just three hours you should have at least one hour to try and submit exercises for video feedback.

25% Vectors Test, 19.30 Tuesday 23 February

The open-book assessment will be designed to be done in about 45 minutes, however you will be given one hour to complete the assignment along with an additional 15 minutes to upload your work. 45 minutes means about one and a half exam questions (see MATH6040 vectors questions ( (usually vectors are Q. 1, sometimes Q. 2)) to get an idea of how long one exam question is). Please contact me if the timing is an issue.

The assessment is based on Chapter 1. As it is an open book assessment, it is my intention to make the test a little on the hard side (in terms of the questions I can ask from Chapter 1). I hope to have about 40% of the marks going for straightforward/easier stuff, 30% of the marks for slightly harder stuff, and about 30% of the marks will be harder again. That is an intention not a promise.

Additional practise questions (beyond the manual) may be found by looking at past MATH6040 exam papers.

Academic Dishonesty will not be accepted and suspected breaches, such as communication with others during the assessment, will be pursued in line with this policy. To make life easier for me in this regard your assessment will be student-number-personalised. In addition you will be pledging that you

We will have a Zoom Tuesday 16 February at 20:00 for any questions that ye would like to ask about this assessment. This tutorial will be recorded in the cloud.

Week 3


There are few lectures this week meaning that you should have time to do and submit exercises. You should need only about an hour and a half to watch these (I recommend 50% extra time for pausing/rewinding)

Work done by a Force (26 minutes)

Moment of a Force (29 minutes)

Vectors Short Summary (5 minutes)


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. 

Assuming you have the Week 1 and Week 2 exercises done (maybe do these first), try

  • p.44, Q. 1-6
  • Additional Exercises, p.46, Q.7-13

Submit work for Canvas feedback by Sunday 14 February for video feedback after Monday 15 February. Ideally you don’t submit work that you are certain is correct, but instead submit work you need help and feedback with. Submit the images as 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.

Week 4

We will start looking at Chapter 2: Matrices. We will some examples of matrix arithmetic and look at Matrix Inverses — “dividing” for Matrices. This will allow us to solve matrix equations.


Please feel free to ask me questions about the exercises via email. I answer emails every morning seven days a week.

Student Resources

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