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Mathematics for Science students

Do you know what the following have in common: genetic mutation, heart disease, noise in lasers, the rings of Saturn, the population explosion, chemical mixtures which change colour in a periodic way, optical switches, the structure of rocks, solitons, epidemics? They are all topics to which the mathematical theory of nonlinear equations - more popularly known as chaos - has contributed significantly. But chaos theory is not the only branch of mathematics that is important in wide range of sciences. Mathematics is the language of science, and the study of any science requires some degree of mathematical reasoning and understanding.

The Science Mathematics modules provide a good general mathematical basis for all science students, and Mathematics, in both Junior and Senior Freshman years is a prerequisite for the moderatorships in Physics, Chemistry with Molecular Modelling, `Nanoscience, physics and chemistry of advanced materials' and in Human Genetics. The Junior Freshman modules are required for the Moderatorship course in Medicinal Chemistry.

Within the Moderatorship Courses in Science (common entry, code TR071), mathematics may be studied as in the Junior Freshman year (up to 20 credits from a total of 60) and students who complete the maximum amount of mathematics in their Junior Freshman may continue with mathematics into the Senior Freshman year (up to 20 credits).

Mathematics is an important topic for all Moderatorship paths in Science, but conflicting priorities mean that some students take a very limited amount of mathematics credits.

The mathematics subject modules for Science (TR071) are also studied in their Junior Freshman year by students of the Moderatorship courses in Human Genetics (TR073), in Chemistry with molecular modelling (TR074), in Nanoscience, physics and chemistry of advanced materials TR076

Students of the Moderatorship programmes in  Earth Sciences, and in  Human health and disease (TR056) take the mathematics module MA1M01 in their first term, but no further mathematics modules.

Depending on their preferred choice for moderatorship and subject choice in the Senior Freshman year, Science students who take the Mathematics sequence MA1S11/MA1S12 in the Juinior Freshman year may choose more advanced Mathematics modules in their Senior Freshman year.

For Junior Freshman Science students do not take either MA1S11 or the sequence MA1S11/MA1S12, there is also a (10 credit) module MA1M01 (mathematical methods).

Mathematics for Science Students 2016-17

Junior Freshman Year

Those taking Mathematics for the maximum possible 20 credits take

Those not taking Mathematics as a full subject take

MA1M01 Mathematical methods Lecturers: James Boland, Dr. Joe Ó hÓgáin

Senior Freshman Year

Michaelmas term

Those choosing both Mathematics and Physics take both modules. Each module is worth 5 credits.

Hilary term

Those choosing both Mathematics and Physics take MA22S3 and MA22S4. MA22S4 and MA22S6 will clash and cannot be taken together. Each module is worth 5 credits.

Foundation Scholarship examination

For information on the Foundation Scholarship examination in Mathematics, see here.

Further Information

The Science Course web pages are a good place for information.

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