# Introductory Course in Mathematics, 7.5 ECTS

First level## Facts

**Special eligibility requirements**

Mathematics C or equivalent.

## Description

The course treats the extentions of the basic field of numbers from the positive integers to the complex numbers. The binomial theorem, prime numbers and factorization. Logic. Functions, inequalities, absolute value. Algebraic and graphic representation of point sets. Limits and the importance of the derivative in optimization problems. Trigonometric functions and equations, polar representation of complex numbers. Arithmetic operations on polynomials, the factor theorem. The concept of the integral as an infinite sum.

## Area of interests: Science and Mathematics

Science and mathematics help us understand how the world around us is connected – from the origin and structure of the universe, to the development and function of humanity and all other organisms on earth. Scientific knowledge makes it possible to critically examine the credibility of information in different areas of everyday life, society, and the media. As a scientist or mathematician, you will be attractive on a large job market that covers all parts of society and includes everything from pure technology companies to environment and healthcare, as well as research.

## Subject

### Mathematics

As a mathematical theory always implies that certain conclusions hold under certain given conditions, it can in principle say nothing about the physical reality. None the less mathematics has become an indispensable tool for a large number of subjects like astronomy, physics, chemistry, statistics and the technical sciences and in later times also for economy, biology, various social sciences and computor science. The role of mathematics in the applied sciences is both to supply notions for exact and adequate formulations of empirical laws but also from these laws to derive consequences, which can be used to find better models of the reality one has to describe. These tasks have lately become more important. Mathematics is in continual progress by intensive international research, new theories are created and already existing theories are simplified and augmented.