MA180/186/190: Calculus Semester 2

Welcome to MA180/186/190 Calculus/Analysis, Semester 2 2021-22.

Our lectures will run on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10.00, starting on Wednesday January 12 2022. Lectures in Week 1 will be run online. In subsequent weeks, they will run in person, with careful observance of all safety precautions including the wearing of face coverings. Resources, including video lectures, will be available throughout the semester to support remote participation.

Course Information

Course codes:MA180 (Science), MA186 (Arts) and MA190 (Computer Science and Information Technology).
Lecturer:Dr Rachel Quinlan
rachel.quinlan@nuigalway.ie
Lectures:Wednesday 10:00–11:00
Thursday 10:00–11:00
Kirwan Lecture Theatre
First Lecture:Wednesday, January 12 2022
Tutorials/Workshops:Monday 12:00 AC201 (Dr John Burns)
Monday 2:00 online (Aoife Hill)
Wednesday 2:00 AC201 (Prof. Graham Ellis)
Thursday 1.00 ENG2033 (Dr James Cruickshank)
Course Content:Integral calculus, the real numbers, sequences and convergence.
Recommended texts:Calculus by James Stewart (for Chapters 1 and 3 in particular), and the lecture notes.
Course website:Information and course documents will be posted to this site, which is linked from the Blackboard pages for MA180, MA186 and MA190. Blackboard will also be used for announcements and for posting grades.
Assessment:There will be 6 online homeworks on the Okuson system (covering algebra and calculus) during the semester, as well as a 2-hour exam at the end of the semester.

Content week by week

The content will be organised week by week, with separate links from this page for each week. The content for each week will consist of the following items:

  • a short summary of the week’s content
  • the two video lectures (each approx 30-40 minutes)
  • slides from the lectures, posted as pdf files (with and without annotation from the lectures)
  • detailed lecture notes, which constitute the “text” for the calculus section
  • a “weekly problem” (not part of the curriculum, more a distraction for anyone who likes puzzles)
Week 1 Week 2Week 3Week 4
Week 5Week 6Week 7Week 8
Week 9Week 10Week 11Week 12

Course and Lecture Notes

The course content is divided into three Chapters. Lecture notes for each chapter will be posted here as we proceed. The lecture notes are the “text” for the course and contain more detailed information and more examples than we will be able to discuss in lectures. Students are expected to study the notes carefully as well as participate in the lectures; neither of these is a substitute for the other. The notes are posted in substantial blocks, one for each chapter, but please do not think that you are expected to read them all together or that you will be hit with this much content every week – the weekly updates will highlight which sections of the lecture notes are relevant for each week. You are welcome to read ahead if you want to of course, but it is not expected.