MATH10101: Course Materials

School MATH10101 course page || Nige Ray's Homepage || Last updated 05 October 2015

The second half of this course (weeks 7--12) will be given by Dr Jonathan Fraser, who has his own course materials page.

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 10.00AM on Tuesday 03 November 2015, in the Simon Building Theatre A. This is a University examination, and can only be missed under the most exceptional circumstances.

PLEASE arrive on time, suitably equipped with black or blue pen (and spares!) If you are late, you may not be allowed into the theatre.

Having any other written or printed material IN YOUR POSSESSION during the test IS NOT PERMITTED, in accordance with the University's rules and regulations. The use of calculators is also forbidden; they might be able to store text, and are completely unnecessary. The test is designed to be completed within 40 minutes; students who require additional time are welcome to take up to 10 additional minutes.

The test will consist of TWO questions; the first will ask for four definitions or statements, worth 2 marks each, and the second will be based on one or more of the problems for weeks 2, 3, 4, and 5 (that is, on lectures 1--16 inclusive), and will be worth 7 marks. The total of 15 marks will contribute 15% towards the final mark for the course.

Here are the solutions for the 2014 test, and some feedback on how it went.

Papers will be returned by your feedback supervisors during weeks 8 or 9.

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.

Week 6 is reading week.

Solutions will be posted after sufficient time has elapsed for the problems to mature in students' minds!


The January 2015 examination will be of the same format as the previous three years; namely answer 5/5 in part A, and 3/5 in part B.

Here is the January 2014 examination paper, and here are the solutions.
Here is my part of the January 2015 paper, with solutions and my feedback.

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, but will not be very helpful to students who have not attended. Everything they contain is also in the course textbook, where thorough explanations are given; the text should be thought of as the fully detailed course notes!


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