Syllabus for Basic Course in Mathematics

Baskurs i matematik

A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1MA010
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Mathematics G1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2007-03-19
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2017-05-17
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 26, 2017
  • Entry requirements: General entry requirements and Mathematics 4 or Mathematics D
  • Responsible department: Department of Mathematics

Learning outcomes

In order to pass the course (grade 3) the student should


The mathematical language, symbols from logic and set theory. Arithmetic for rational and real numbers, inequalities, absolute value. Permutations and combinations. Sum notation. Induction. Polynomials: factorisation and division, completing squares, simple algebraic equations. The binomial theorem. Complex numbers: real and imaginary part, polar form, the complex plane, second degree equations and binomial equations. The function concept.
Elementary functions: the exponential function, logarithms (in different bases), logarithmic rules, and trigonometric functions. Trigonometric formulas. Simple exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric equations.
Coordinate systems in the plane. The distance formula. Equations for the line and the circle. Equations for the ellipse, hyperbola and parabola in standard form.


Lectures and problem solving sessions.


Written examination at the end of the course and assignments during the course. .

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 26, 2017

  • Adams, Robert A.; Essex, Christopher Calculus : a complete course

    9. ed.: Toronto: Pearson Addison Wesley, 2017

    Find in the library


  • Ekstig, Kerstin; Hellström, Lennart; Sollervall, Håkan Matematik startbok

    2. uppl.: Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2007

    Find in the library


  • Rodhe, Staffan; Sollervall, Håkan Matematik för ingenjörer

    6. uppl.: Lund: Studentlitteratur, 2010

    Find in the library