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Module content and teaching

Principal aims

University mathematics introduces progressively more and more abstract ideas and structures, and demands more and more in the way of proof, until by the end of a mathematics degree most of the student's time is occupied with understanding proofs and creating his or her own. This is not because university mathematicians are more pedantic than schoolteachers, but because proof is how one knows things in mathematics, and it is in its proofs that the strength and richness of mathematics is to be found. But learning to deal with abstraction and with proofs takes time. This module aims to bridge the gap between school and university mathematics, by beginning with some rather concrete techniques where the emphasis is on calculation, and gradually moving towards abstraction and proof.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
12 CATS (Module code: MA132-12)
D1 (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Course Work 15%
Examination - January 85%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

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