Programme Specification: Part IA Mathematics
This course is taught by the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics with input from other Physical Science Departments.
There are two versions of the course, A and B. Course A provides a thorough grounding in methods of mathematical science and contains everything prerequisite for the mathematical content of all physical-science courses in Part IB of the Natural Sciences Tripos, including specifically Mathematics, Physics and Advanced Physics.
Course B contains additional material for those students who find mathematics rewarding in its own right, and it proceeds at a significantly faster pace. Students are strongly encouraged to take Course A unless they have a thorough understanding of material in Further Mathematics A Level. As a guide, such students might be expected to have scored at least 95% in at least two (preferably three) FP modules. Both courses lead to the same examination and qualification.
- to provide a course on elementary mathematical techniques that are used in the physical sciences courses of the Natural Sciences Tripos;
- to prepare students for more advanced mathematical courses in the Natural Sciences Tripos;
- to develop mathematical skills and methods appropriate for students in the physical sciences. A detailed syllabus is determined by a committee which has input from the physical science subjects in the Natural Sciences Tripos.
At the end of the course students should:
- have a knowledge and understanding of a range of elementary mathematical techniques;
- be able to solve mathematical problems based on the course material;
Teaching and Learning Methods
These include lectures, supervisions, and occasional examples classes.
Assessment for this course is through:
- two unseen written papers each of three hours (for aims 1-3 and learning outcomes 1-2).
Courses of Preparation
Essential: A Level Mathematics.
Recommended: A Level Further Mathematics.