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MA415 Elementary Calculus

Course description for academic year 2021/2022

Contents and structure

MA415 is the first of two courses in mathematics developed for the bachelor program in Renewable Energy. Together, the two courses provide the mathematical background needed to solve relevant interdisciplinary problems within the field of renewable energy. MA415 gives an introduction to geometry, trigonometry and elementary calculus and provides an understanding of how mathematical methods and models are integrated in problems within renewable energy.

Learning Outcome

The course provides an introduction to how mathematics can be used to handle relevant problems, as well as to some mathematical methods that can be used to solve these  problems. Further, this course provides elementary mathematical competence to solve interdisciplinary problems within renewable energy. 

The student has 

  • knowledge of area and volume of relevant geometric shapes
  • knowledge of trigonometrical identities
  • knowledge of solving methods for linear and quadratic equations
  • knowledge of the characteristics of elementary functions such as polynomial functions, exponential functions and trigonometric functions
  • knowledge of derivation and integration of elementary functions

The student can 

  • handle elementary mathematical problems within renewable energy
  • use trigonometry to solve relevant geometrical situations
  • analyse elementary functions with one variable
  • perform elementary mathematical modeling and choose suitable methods to find their solutions

The student  

  • knows relevant mathematical methods and can use these to solve practical problems within renewable energy
  • can understand and analyse elementary mathematical models

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge


Teaching methods

Lectures, discussions, assignments and exercises. 

Compulsory learning activities

Three (3) written assignments connected to the course's mathematical themes. Three of three assignments must be approved (passed) before one may take the exam.  


Individual digital home examination, 4 hours.

Grading scale A-F, where F represents a fail.

Examination support material

Basic calculator (non-programmable)

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