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pure mathematics

Topics covered


  • Logic, Proof and Sets: Mathematical statements and proof. Some basic logic. Quantifiers and proof by contradiction. Set notation and operations on sets.

  • Algebra: Polynomial division. The factor and remainder theorems. Solving polynomial equations. The relationship between the roots of a polynomial and its coefficients. Partial fractions. The binomial theorem.

  • Trigonometry: Trigonometric functions and the Pythagorean identities. The compound angle formulae. Using trigonometric identities to simplify and evaluate trigonometric expressions. Solving trigonometric equations.

  • Calculus: Differentiating implicitly defined functions. Integration by substitution. Integration by parts. Using trigonometric identities and partial fractions in integration.

  • Differential Equations: Separable and linear first‐order differential equations with some applications.

  • Coordinate Geometry: Conic sections. Tangents and normals. Parametric equations and using them to find gradients.

  • Vectors: Vector addition and scalar multiplication. The dot product and the angle between two vectors. The vector equation of a straight line. Normal vectors and planes. The Cartesian and vector equations of a plane.

Learning outcomes


If you complete the course successfully, you should be able to:

  • Use the concepts, terminology and methods covered in the course to solve mathematical problems

  • Solve unseen mathematical problems involving understanding of these concepts and applications of these methods

  • See how mathematics can be used to solve problems in economics and related subjects

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the underlying mathematical principles.

Essential reading


  • Bostock, L. and Chandler, F. S. (2013) Core Maths for Advanced Level. 3rd edition. Stanley Thornes.

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