Mathematics for Science 1

Module code: NS1006

Mathematics is the language of much of science and is an integral part of this degree. The maths topics in this module will become increasingly advanced as you progress. They have been chosen to relate to more than one scientific discipline.

Topics covered

  • Basic calculations and algebraic manipulations
  • Algebraic equations
  • Elementary functions, trigonometric functions, exponential and logarithms
  • Set notation
  • Differentiation and integration
  • Maxima and minima
  • Binomial theorem
  • Graphs of simple functions
  • Areas and volumes of simple geometrical objects
  • Probabilities
  • Differences between discrete and continuous random variables
  • Statistical tests for different sets of data
  • Graphical representations of data
  • Analysis of data using correlation and regression techniques including Pearson Correlation and the Spearman Test


  • 20 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 22 hours of seminars
  • 6 hours of tutorials
  • 102 hours of guided independent study


  • Exam, 2 hours (40%)
  • Coursework (60%)