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Programme Specification: Part IB Mathematics

This course is taught by the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics.

In order to take this course, it is highly desirable to have obtained at least a second class in NST Part IA Mathematics for Natural Sciences, course A or B. The material from course A is assumed.


  1. to provide a course on advanced mathematical and computational techniques that are used in the physical sciences courses of the Natural Sciences Tripos;
  2. 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.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course students should:

  1. have a knowledge and understanding of a range of more advanced mathematical techniques;
  2. be able to solve mathematical problems based on the course material;
  3. be able to use several computer and numerical methods related to the course material.

Teaching and learning methods

These include lectures, supervisions, practical work on a computer and occasional examples classes.


Assessment for this course is through:

  • two unseen written papers each of three hours (for aims 1 and 2 and learning outcomes 1 and 2);
  • six assessed computer practical exercises (for aims 1 and 2 and learning outcome 3).

Courses of Preparation

Essential: NST Part IA Mathematics, course A or B; or either Part IA of the Mathematical Tripos or Part IA of the Engineering Tripos.

Recommended: NST Part IA Physics

Additional Information

Further information on each subject is available in the Subject summary and on the Course Websites pages.