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Manuals
The manuals are available in the Copy Centre and must be purchased as soon as possible. More information has been sent out via email.
Tutorials
Tutorial for BioEng2A: Thursdays at 12:00 in B180 A272 STARTS THURSDAY 20/09
Tutorial for BioEng2B: Mondays at 17:00 in B189 STARTS MONDAY 24/09
Tutorial for SET2: Mondays at 9:00 in E15 STARTS MONDAY 24/09
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. Next week, some students will receive slips detailing areas of maths that they should brush up on. The timetable is as below:
Maths/Statistics Support in the ALC (Academic Learning Centre)
Monday 
1.00pm2.00pm 
D259 

4.00pm5.00pm 
D259 


Tuesday 
1.00pm2.00pm 
D259 

4.00pm6.00pm 
D259 
Thursday 
10.00am12.00pm 
D259 
Friday 
11.00am 1.00pm 
D259 
Week 1
We only had one lecture but began our study of Chapter 2, Vector Algebra by studying the difference between a scalar (single number) and a vector (list of numbers).
Week 2
We will look at how to both visualise vectors and describe them algebraically. We will learn how to find the magnitude and direction of a vector, add them and scalar multiply them. We will speak about displacement vectors and introduce the vector product known as the dot product.
Test 1
The test will probably be the Monday of Week 5: if progress with the vectors material is slow, we may 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.
Study
Please feel free to ask me questions about the exercises via email or even better on this webpage.
Student Resources
Please see the Student Resources tab on the top of this page for information on the Academic Learning Centre, etc.
Student Feedback
You are invited to give your feedback on this module here.
Test 2
Results not too far away… watch this space.
Week 12
We looked at centroids and centres of gravity.
Student Feedback
You are invited to give your feedback on this module here.
Test 2
I hope to have these corrected at some stage next week. I will also send out the solutions at some point.
Week 11
We looked at completing the square and work.
Week 12
We will look at centroids and centres of gravity.
Test 2
Thursday 23 November at 09:00 in the usual lecture venue. You will be given a copy of these tables. Based on Chapter 3, samples at the back of Chapter 3 and also here (Q. 4 has a typo — it should be ). I strongly advise you that attending tutorials alone will not be sufficient preparation for this test and you will have to devote extra time outside classes to study aka do exercises.
Week 10
We started Chapter 4 by looking at integration by parts. We started looking at completing the square.
Week 11
We will look at completing the square and work.
Test 2
Tuesday 21 November Thursday 23 November at 09:00 in the usual lecture venue. You will be given a copy of these tables. Based on Chapter 3, sample at back of Chapter 3. I strongly advise you that attending tutorials alone will not be sufficient preparation for this test and you will have to devote extra time outside classes to study aka do exercises.
Week 9
We finished looking at Partial Differentiation and then saw how it can be used in error analysis.
Week 10
We will start Chapter 4 by looking at integration by parts. We might look at completing the square and work.
Test 2
Tuesday 21 November at 09:00 in the usual lecture venue. Based on Chapter 3, sample at back of Chapter 3. I strongly advise you that attending tutorials alone will not be sufficient preparation for this test and you will have to devote extra time outside classes to study aka do exercises.
Week 8
We missed a lecture with the bank holiday: we looked at Implicit Differentiation and started Partial Differentiation.
Week 9
We will finish looking at Partial Differentiation and see how it can be used in error analysis.
In school, we learn how a line has an equation… and a circle has an equation… what does this mean?
The short answer is
points on curve solutions of equation
however this note explains all of this from first principles, with a particular emphasis on the settheoretic fundamentals.
Set Theory
A set is a collection of objects. The objects of a set are referred to as the elements or members and if we can list the elements we include them in curlybrackets. For example, call by the set of whole numbers (strictly) between two and nine. This set is denoted by
.
We indicate that an object is an element of a set by writing , said, in or is an element of . We use the symbol to indicate nonmembership. For example, .
Elements are not duplicated and the order doesn’t matter. For example:
.
Catch Up Material
If you have not already, you should watch:
Week 7
We looked at Parametric Differentiation and Related Rates
Week 8
We will look at Implicit Differentiation and Partial Differentiation.
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Test 1
I will have your test with me in tutorials both this week and next.
Week 6
We had one remaining Cramer’s Rule example (video here). We started Chapter 3 with a quick review of differentiation (video here) followed by an introduction to operators (video here), and then looked at Parametric Differentiation.
Week 7
We will finish looking at parametric differentiation and then look at related rates.
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Test 1 Results & Comments
Have been emailed to you along with the marking scheme.
I want to make the following remarks. Below we have a plot of Final Grade vs Test 1 Mark for last year’s class.
Everyone under the horizontal line failed MATH6040. Note the students in the bottom right. They got ~70% and ~80% in the Vectors test and still failed. There were various students with ~55100% in Vectors who barely passed. On average, the final grade was about 0.6 times the Test 1 Result + 8. This means that on average students with below 53% on Test 1 failed MATH6040. That is people to the left of the vertical line.
Therefore, note vectors is the easiest chapter in MATH6040 so don’t get too carried away with your mark. Conversely, if you have done poorly you need to take immediate action: by attending all your tutorials and possibly the Academic Learning Centre. The three students in the top left would have taken this advice. The seven students in the bottom left would not have.
The second thing to note about the results is the impact of attendance on grades. On average:
 those with satisfactory attendance got 74% — a distinction
 those with one attendance warnings got 63% — a merit 1
 those with two attendance warnings got 37% — a FAIL
The third thing to note is that perceived ability is not as important as attendance. Of those who attended the quick test, the correlation coefficient between Quick Test mark and Test 1 mark was only 0.27 while the correlation coefficient between Attendance Warnings and Test 1 mark was 0.59.
Roughly, this suggests that attendance is twice as important as ability.
Week 5
We looked at Determinants and their use in Cramer’s Rule.
Week 6
We will start Chapter 3 with a quick review of differentiation followed by looking at Parametric Differentiation.
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