Applied Mathematics 1 | Abertay University

Applied Mathematics 1


This module covers the basic concepts of applied mathematics relevant to the Computer Games Technology programme.


The aim of this module is to provide the student with: the basic ideas and techniques in applied mathematics relevant to Computer Games Technology.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Use standard functions and approximations to solve problems involving rates of change by calculus methods.

2.  Solve problems in plane geometry involving lines, circles and the conic sections.

3.  Apply matrix transformations and vector methods for use in 2− and 3−dimensional space.

4.  Apply the equations of kinematics and Newtonian concepts involving momentum, impulse and energy to formulate and solve the resulting models.

Indicative Content

1 Approximation

Basic function definitions, composition, inverse; polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions. Graphs of functions. Appreciation of need to approximate functions in some applications and for careful evaluation on computers − errors.

2 Calculus

Rates of change, derivatives of standard functions. Rules for derivatives of sums, products, quotients and composite functions. Higher derivatives and applications. Indefinite and definite integrals − integration methods. Application to areas, mean values, etc.

3 Geometry

Plane coordinate geometry of lines, circles and conic sections. Vectors in 2 and 3 dimensions, scalar and vector products − use in projection and 3D geometry.

4 Matrices and Transformations

Basic matrix operations, determinants, inverses. Solving linear equations by matrix inverse. Matrix transformations of the plane − translations, scalings, rotations and reflections. Homogeneous coordinates.

5 Kinematics in a straight line

Newton's laws of motion. Momentum and impulse, collision of bodies (1−dimensional, elastic and inelastic). Kinetic and potential energy, elastic strings. Work and Power. Coplanar forces. Friction.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The module will be delivered by a mixture of lectures and tutorials. There will be a formative test during structured feedback week. Assessment will be by a practical portfolio of applications of mathematics in Matlab, and by an end of semester exam.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 24
Tutorial/Seminar 24
Supervised Practical Activity 12
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 60
Independent 80

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2018/19 , and may be subject to change for future years.