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Mathematics for Engineering

Module titleMathematics for Engineering
Module codeINT0046
Academic year2021/2
Module staff

Robin Patrick Dixon (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

Now that you have completed Foundation Mathematics, you will be able to study techniques that are applied to current engineering problems. This module will introduce you to the techniques you will develop further in your engineering or mathematics degree: you will learn the basics of the mathematics used in the construction of machines, buildings or satellites; develop the skills in calculus needed for basic weather forecasting and climate studies; study the mechanics used for planning the movements of objects, such as car engines, trains pulling uphill or rockets launching into space; and the trigonometry used to design communications networks, aerials and medical treatments for diseases such as cancer.

If you study this module, you will also need to take INT0045 Advanced Mathematics

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module aims to provide an advanced foundation in mathematics for students who intend to follow a degree programme in the areas of Mathematics, Engineering or related disciplines. It builds on the skills and knowledge developed in the Foundation Mathematics module. Students will be expected to manage their time successfully in order to complete a series of coursework and other tasks.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Apply mathematical methods to solve problems requiring the use of algebraic and trigonometric formulae
  • 2. Demonstrate recognition of and apply introductory techniques required in undergraduate mathematical courses
  • 3. Demonstrate understanding of the basic principles of mathematics
  • 4. Demonstrate understanding of the use of vectors in applications to geometry and mechanics
  • 5. Apply techniques in calculus
  • 6. Recognise when particular techniques are used in a variety of mathematical or engineering situations

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 7. Demonstrate understanding of mathematical principles in Engineering and Mathematical disciplines
  • 8. Construct models and solve problems which represent situations in science and engineering
  • 9. Interpret answers to problems with appropriate accuracy

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 10. Apply mathematical methods to address a well-defined problem

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

  1. Vectors. The scalar product; Angle between two vectors. Cartesian co-ordinates of vector in 3 dimensions. The vector equation of a straight line. Resolving vectors into horizontal and vertical components.
  2. Two-dimensional trigonometry. Solving trig equations for any angle in degrees in a given interval. Trigonometrical identities. Addition formula. Double angle formula. The sine and cosine rules. Solving equations of the form sinxcosx. Radian measure. Arc length and sector area.  Solving trig equations for any angle in radians for 0 < angle < 2π.
  3. Polar co-ordinates. Converting between Cartesian and polar coordinates.
  4. Introduction to complex numbers. Adding, subtracting, and multiplying. Complex conjugate.
  5. Parametric equations. Drawing curves given by parametric equations.
  6. Differentiation of sin x, cos x, tan x. Velocity and acceleration.  Differentiating functions given implicitly and parametrically. Simple Partial Differentiation (of 2 variables)
  7. Integrations of trig functions. Use of trig identities to integrate functions such as cos2x. Application of integration to volumes of revolution.
  8. Differential equations. Forming and solving simple differential equations. First order, variables separable differential equations. Numerical Solution of differential equations.
  9. Mechanics. Variable Acceleration. Elastic collisions; Centre of mass; Simple harmonic motion.
  10. Co-ordinate Geometry of Circles

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activities60Small group lessons, including lectures, examples, practice and use of computing techniques
Guided independent study140Study of written notes, practise examples, using resources supplied on ELE and other on-line learning material.


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Practice online final exam quiz2 hours1-10Verbal and answers on ELE

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Coursework assignments30Several (usually 5) online Computer Marked Assessments each taking approximately 3 hours1-10Online feedback immediately after submission
Final Examination (open book)702 hour online quiz1-10Written feedback on formal submission


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
ExaminationExamination (2 hour online quiz)1-10Next assessment opportunity

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for reasons judged legitimate by the Mitigation Committee, the applicable assessment will normally be deferred. See ‘Details of reassessment’ for the form that assessment usually takes. When deferral occurs there is ordinarily no change to the overall weighting of that assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to take a re-sit exam. Only your performance in this exam will count towards your final module grade. A grade of 40% will be awarded if the examination is passed.


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Berry, C., Hanrahan, V., Porkess, R. & Secker, P. (2004). MEIA2 Pure Mathematics C3-C4: MEI Structured Mathematics. London: Hodder and Murray.

Bryden, P. (2004). MEI Mechanics 1: MEI Structured Mathematics. London: Hodder and Murray.

Bryden, P., David Holland (2004). MEI Mechanics 2: MEI Structured Mathematics. London: Hodder and Murray.

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

ELE – 

Module has an active ELE page

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

Pledger, K., Attwood, G., MacPherson, A., Moran, B., Petran, J., Staley, G. & Wilkins, D. (2004). Core Mathematics 3: Heinemann Modular Mathematics.Oxford: Heinemann Educational.

Pledger, K., Attwood, G., MacPherson, A., Moran, B., Petran, J., Staley, G. & Wilkins, D.  (2004). Core Mathematics 4: Heinemann Modular Mathematics.Oxford: Heinemann Educational.

Hebborn, J & Littlewood, J. (2004). Mechanics 1: Heinemann Modular Mathematics. Oxford: Heinemann Educational.

Key words search

Mathematics, Trigonometry, Mechanics, Differentiation, Integration

Credit value20
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites

INT0007 Foundation Maths

Module co-requisites

INT0045 Advanced Mathematics

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