# Mathematical methods and techniques

Course Code : | 1101TEWSEW |

Study domain: | Mathematics |

Academic year: | 2017-2018 |

Semester: | 1st/2nd semester |

Contact hours: | 75 |

Credits: | 6 |

Study load (hours): | 168 |

Contract restrictions: | No contract restriction |

Language of instruction: | Dutch |

Exam period: | exam in the 1st and/or 2nd semester |

Lecturer(s) | Ida Ruts |

### 1. Prerequisites *

an active knowledge of

- Dutch

Basic knowledge of arithmetic, goniometry and algebra.

### 2. Learning outcomes *

- Analyzer: You are familiar with the mathematical methods and techniques used to support policy decisions.
- Analyzer: You have a basic understanding of relevant scientific methods and techniques.
- Coordinator: You can use the mathematical methods and techniques to support policy decisions.
- Coordinator: You have problem-solving abilities and powers of analysis, can synthese and integrate different perceptions, can apply and assess methods in a critical way.
- Coordinator: You have an understanding of mathematical techniques and methods and can apply and assess mathematical techniques and methods with regard to concrete research questions.
- Communicator: You are able to justify and explain the mathematical techniques and methods methods.
- Communicator: You are be able to construct accurate reasoning (from analysing the problem to the solutions and conclusion) and can report about this in a clear way.

### 3. Course contents *

After a short general introduction, the focus is on three major subjects: analysis, integral calculus and matrix algebra.

For each subject, we first revise the most important topics taught in Secondary School, after which we deepen and expand our study of these themes, and apply them to (social) economics.

The "Analysis" section deals with functions of both one and several variables, relating to the study of extremes (an important subject in a faculty of applied economic sciences).

In the section on integral calculus, we focus on the calculation of indefinite and definite integrals. Numerical approximation methods are also treated.

Finally, in the section "Matrix Algebra", we focus on matrix calculus and the diagonalisation of a matrix.

### 4 International dimension*

### 5. Teaching method and planned learning activities

### 6. Assessment method and criteria

### 7. Study material *

#### 7.1 Required reading

The syllabuses are available from Universitas.

Additional study-material is available on Blackboard.

**7.2 Optional reading**

The following study material can be studied voluntarily :To revise subjects of Secondary School, the student can turn to the "Self-study Package Foreknowledge Mathematics" which is available on Blackboard.

### 8. Contact information *

Ida Ruts

room B429

03/2654063