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Mathematical Structures

Module titleMathematical Structures
Module codeINT1201
Academic year2021/2
Credits30
Module staff
Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks

11

11

Number students taking module (anticipated)

20

Description - summary of the module content

Module description

A key success of mathematics throughout its history has been its ability to unify and generalise disparate situations exhibiting similar mathematical properties through the use of abstract algebraic structures. In this module, you will explore key developments along that journey, including the language of sets and functions, the theory of groups and vector spaces, and you will learn how to construct clear and logically correct proofs. The material in this module is fundamental to many other modules in the mathematics degree programmes. It underpins the topics you will see in more advanced modules MTH2008, MTH2010 and MTH2011 in pure mathematics and enables a deeper understanding and rigorous justification of the mathematical tools you will meet in more applied mathematics modules and which are widely used in physics, economics, and many other disciplines.

 

Module aims - intentions of the module

The purpose of this module is to provide you with an introduction to axiomatic reasoning in mathematics, particularly in relation to the perspective adopted by modern algebra and analysis. The building blocks of mathematics will be developed, from sets and functions through to proving key properties of the standard number systems.  We will introduce and explore the abstract definition of a group, and rigorously prove standard results in the theory of groups, before progressing to consider vector spaces, both in the abstract and with a specific focus on finite-dimensional vector spaces over the real and complex numbers. The ideas and techniques of this module are essential to the further development of these themes in the two second-year streams Analysis and Algebra, and subsequent pure mathematics modules in years 3 and 4. This module is equivalent to MTH1001 and students will join MTH1001 for lectures.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

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

  • 1. Read, write and evaluate expressions in formal logic relating to a wide variety of mathematical contexts
  • 2. Use accurately the abstract language of sets, relations, functions and their mathematical properties
  • 3. Identify and use common methods of proof and understand their foundations in the logical and axiomatic basis of modern mathematics
  • 4. State and apply properties of familiar number systems (N, Z, Z/nZ, Q, R, C) and the logical relationships between these properties
  • 5. Recall key definitions, theorems and proofs in the theory of groups and vector spaces

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

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

  • 6. Evaluate the importance of abstract algebraic structures in unifying and generalising disparate situations exhibiting similar mathematical properties
  • 7. Explore open-ended problems independently and clearly state their findings with appropriate justification

ILO: Personal and key skills

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

  • 8. Formulate and express precise and rigorous arguments, based on explicitly stated assumptions
  • 9. Reason using abstract ideas and communicate reasoning effectively in writing
  • 10. Use learning resources appropriately
  • 11. Exhibit self-management and time-management skills

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Sets; relations; functions; countability; logic; proof.

Primes; elementary number theory.

Groups; examples; basic proofs; homomorphisms & isomorphisms

Topology of the real and complex numbers; limits of sequences; power series; radius of convergence.

Vector spaces; linear independence; spanning; bases; linear maps; isomorphisms; n-dimensional spaces over C (resp. R) are isomorphic to C^n (resp. R^n).

Learning and teaching

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

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
1301700

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities66Lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activities44Small group lessons
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities10Tutorials
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities10Large group lessons
Guided Independent Study170Reading lecture notes; working exercises

Assessment

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Exercise sheets10 x 10 Hours 1-11Tutorial; model answers provided on ELE and discussed in class
Mid-Term Tests2 x 1 hour1-11Feedback on marked sheets

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
01000

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Written Examination - Closed book (Jan)502 hours1-11Via SRS
Written Examination - Closed book (May)502 Hours1-11Via SRS

Re-assessment

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Written Examination - closed bookRef/Def Examination1-11During next exam period

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 referral 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.

 

Resources

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Core Text:

Author

Title

Edition

Publisher

Year

ISBN

Thomas, G, Weir, M, Hass, J

Thomas' Calculus

13th

Pearson

2016

978-1292089799

Houston, K

How to think like a mathematician: A companion to undergraduate mathematics

1st

Cambridge University Press

2009

978-0521719780

 

 Additional Recommended Reading for this module:

Author

Title

Edition

Publisher

Year

ISBN

Liebeck M.

A Concise Introduction to Pure Mathematics

3rd

Chapman & Hall/CRC Press

2010

978-1439835982

Allenby R.B.J.T.

Numbers and Proofs

 

Arnold

1997

000-0-340-67653-1

Stewart J.

Calculus

5th

Brooks/Cole

2003

000-0-534-27408-0

McGregor C., Nimmo J. & Stothers W.

Fundamentals of University Mathematics

2nd

Horwood, Chichester

2000

000-1-898-56310-1

Allenby R.B.

Linear Algebra, Modular Mathematics

 

Arnold

1995

000-0-340-61044-1

Hamilton A.G.

Linear Algebra: an introduction with concurrent examples

 

Cambridge University Press

1989

000-0-521-32517-X

Jordan, C. and Jordan, D A.

Groups

 

Arnold

1994

0-340-61045-X

Lipschutz, S, Lipson, M

Schaum's outlines:  linear algebra

4th

Mc-Graw-Hill

2008

978-0071543521

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

 ELE – http://vle.exeter.ac.uk

Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

Proof; logic; number systems; symmetries; groups; vectors; matrices; geometry; linear algebra.

Credit value30
Module ECTS

15

Module pre-requisites

None

Module co-requisites

None

NQF level (module)

4

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

14/08/2017

Last revision date

15/07/2021