MA1611/MA160: Mathematical Studies
These are the web pages for...
Semester 1 Calculus
For Semester 1 Algebra, and for Semester 2 Algebra and Calculus,
please refer to information given by those lecturers.

10/09/13: The first lecture of
MA1611 and MA160 will take place on Tuesday, 10^{th}
September, in the Kirwan Lecture theatre.
Course codes: 
MA1611 (Science) and MA1601 (Computer Science and IT,
Project and Construction management).

Lecturer: 
Dr Niall Madden Room ADB1013, Arás de
Brún
Phone: 091 524411 x3803 Email:
niall.madden@nuigalway.ie

Lectures: 
Monday 13:00  13:50 in the O'Flaherty Theatre
Tuesday 10:00  10:50 in the Kirwan Lecture Theatre 
First Lecture: 
Tuesday, 10th Sept 2013 
Tutorials: 
Tutorials start the week begining Monday, 16 Sept.
MA160 students should attend either of the following classes:
 Thursday 09:00 in E212. (RE)
 Thursday 13:00 in IT125G
← new venue
MA161 students should attend any one of the following classes:
 Monday 11:00 in AM110 (OOM)
← new
 Monday 14:00 in AC213 (OOM)
 Tuesday 09:00 in AM105. (SR)
 Tuesday 11:00 in IT206. (SR)
 Thursday 09:00 ENG3036. (OOM)
 Friday 11:00 AC213. (OOM)
 Friday 1:00 AM112. (BM) ← new

Course Content: 
Functions; limits; differential
calculus; applications of differential calculus.

Recommended text: 
James Stewart, Calculus (Early Transcenentals), 6th Ed. we'll cover
most of Chapters 1, 2, 3 and 4 during Semester 1.

Course website: 
Information and course documents will be posted here, and so
on NUIGalway.Blackboard.com. 
Assessment: 
 three online homework assignments during each Semester 1;
 a combined 2hour Algebra/Calculus exam of Semester 1.

 Q: Is there any advantage or disadvantage to taking MA161 instead
of MA180/MA102?
A: The main advantages of taking MA180 (Honours Maths) or MA102 (Honours
Maths through Irish) are
 You have a wider choice of mathematical courses available to you
in 2nd, 3rd and 4th year.
 MA102 is the same as MA180, but taught through Irish. This might
suit students who have studied Maths though Irish at second
level. Also, the class size is very small (about 10
students).
 Q: Do I really need to do that online homework
assignments?
A: yes, you really do! If you are doing MA161, you need to
score at least 35% in the continuous assessment component (i.e., the homework
assignments) in order to complete the year. It is not possible
to repeat the online homework.
 Q: How is the final grade for MA161 calculated?
Answer:
 40 marks from continuous assessment;
 30 marks from Paper 1 (end of Semester 1);
 30 marks from Paper 2 (end of Semester 2);
 Q: I failed Paper 1. Do I have to repeat it in the
Autumn?
A: Not necessarily. If you score 40% or more on average between
the CA, and Papers 1 and 2 (see previous question), and you completed
the CA, you will pass the module.
 Q: I failed MA161, but I passed Paper 1. Do I have to repeat
both papers in the Autumn?
A: Yes.
A: yes, you really do! If you are doing MA161, you need to
score at least 35% in the continuous assessment component (i.e., the homework
assignments) in order to complete the year. It is not possible
to repeat the online homework.
 Q: Do I really need to do that online homework
assignments?
A: yes, you really do! If you are doing MA161, you need to
score at least 35% in the continuous assessment component (i.e., the homework
assignments) in order to complete the year. It is not possible
to repeat the online homework.
 Q: What score do I need to get to pass the course? Is
compensation possible between modules? Etc?
A: You can find
information on regulations in
the the
2012/2013 First
Year Information Handbook. Other relevant information is on the
College
of Science website.. But of particular importance is the Regulations regarding submodule components for 15 Credit Modules.
 Q: How can I find the past exam papers?
A: You can find all
available NUI Galway past exam
papers online. For MA161 exams prior to 2012,
enter MA101 (which is the old code for
MA161). But don't obsess too much about past papers. This is
not the Leaving Cert. Exams change from year to year, depending on
who is teaching the course.
 SUMS:
Support for Undergraduate Mathematics Students is a free
dropin support centre for all NUI Galway students who are taking
any mathematics course. It is located in Aras de Brun, C116, and
is open MondayThursday, 2pm5pm.
 Many typical questions are answered in
the First
Year Information Handbook
This module consists of three section, each of which corresponds to a
question on the final exam in December. To help you revise, I've posted
3 problem sets here. The questions are mostly taken from the exercises
listed at the end of lecture slides. I have also posted the answers so
that you can check your work yourself.
A selection of stuff that I like and is somewhat related to this course.