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Sequences And Series

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Module description


An introduction to sets and functions: defining sets, subsets, intersections and unions; injections, surjections, bijections. Compositions and inverses of functions. An introduction to mathematical logic and proof: logical operations, implication, equivalence, quantifiers, converse and contrapositive; proof by induction and contradiction, examples of proofs. Then these ideas will be applied in the context of the real numbers to make rigorous arguments with sequences and series and develop the notions of convergence and limits.


Assessment details

Semester 1 only students will be set an alternative assessment in lieu of in-person exams in January.

Full year students will complete the standard assessment.

Educational aims & objectives

This module aims to introduce the ideas and methods of university level pure mathematics. In particular, the module aims to show the need for proofs, to encourage logical arguments and to convey the power of abstract methods. This will be done by example and illustration within the context of a connected development of the following topics: real numbers, sequences, limits, series.

Learning outcomes

Understand and be able to apply basic definitions and concepts in set and function theory. Understand the nature of a logical argument and a mathematical proof and be able to produce examples of these. Understand the definitions of limits and convergence in the context of sequences and series of real numbers. Be able to compute limits of sequences involving elementary functions. Be able to prove simple statements involving convergence arguments.

Teaching pattern

Three hours of lectures and one hour of tutorial per week throughout the term

Suggested reading list

Indicative reading list - link to Leganto system where you can search with module code for lists

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