MATH10101: Course Materials

School MATH10101 course page || Nige Ray's Homepage || Last updated 05 September 2017

Course Text

All students are expected to acquire a copy of

Week 6 Test

The mid-semester test will take place during week 6 (reading week), at 15.00 on Thursday 02 November 2017, in University Place Theatre B: any student who has special arrangements for taking tests and examinations should attend at the location specified by the Teaching and Learning office. This is a University examination, and can only be missed under the most exceptional personal circumstances.

The format of the test will be described here by Monday 02 October 2017.

Here are solutions to the 2016 test, and my feedback to students on how it went.

Problem Sheets

Problems for work in Feedback Classes are listed below. Answers (including partial attempts!) should be submitted for marking. Handing-in procedures and weekly deadlines should be negotiated directly with supervisors, who may (or may not) wish to focus on starred questions. Throughout this initial semester, marks are awarded for effort, rather than accuracy.

Students are responsible for ensuring that they are properly prepared by downloading these pages well in advance of the relevant week. The time and place of each supervision class (with name of supervisor) will be posted on the 1st year notice board at the start of the semester.

Solutions will be uploaded within 2 weeks of problems becoming live. Please note that week 6 is reading week.


The format of the January 2018 examination will be the same as that of January 2017; students will be expected to attempt 5/5 questions (worth 5 marks each) in Part A, and 5/5 (worth 10 marks each) in Part B. This differs from the format used between 2008 and 2016. Nevertheless, the style and content of the questions will be similar to those of all previous years, which may therefore still be used for revision.

Here is a sample paper, together with solutions and marking scheme, which is a reformatted version of the January 2016 examination.

Here are my questions from the 2017 examination, together with the solutions and marking scheme. Current students should study my feedback to those who took this paper.

Lecture Notes

Here are my handwritten lecture notes for each of the first five weeks, to be posted at the end of the week. They approximate what I write on the board, and can be read in conjunction with the audio podcast; but will be less helpful to students who have not attended. Everything they contain is also in the course textbook, where thorough explanations are given; the book should be thought of as the fully detailed course notes!


Here is my feedback in response to the 2016/7 course questionnaires. You will, of course, get your own chance to influence next year's events!


In case you have forgotten, here is the course timetable!