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NABP1002 Mathematics

Course description for academic year 2022/2023

Contents and structure

This course provides the students with an understandig of mathemathics as tools to be used in further nautical science studies.

Learning Outcome

Knowledge: The student has knowledge of:

  • Arithmetic and algebra. Fractions, parenthesis rules, factorization, reduction of rational fractions, laws of exponents, roots.
  • Equations and inequalities. Formulas. Equations, equation systems and inequalities of first and second degree. Factorization of polynomials. Irrational equations.
  • Functions. The meaning of functions, linear functions, equations for straight lines, polynomial functions, rational functions, limits, asymptotes, coordinate system, polar coordinates, discussion.
  • Differentiation. Rules of differentiation. How to solve problems of monotony, max/min, slope, and point of inflection. Function analysis.
  • Integration. Indefinite and definite integrals, different methods of integration. Area computations. Volume of solid of revolution. Numerical integration.
  • Exponential- and logarithmic functions. Briggs and natural logarithms. Rules for logarithms and exponentials. Functional analysis including graphical drawing.
  • Trigonometry. Definition of trigonometric functions. Triangle calculations, area and volume, sinus law, cosine law. Angles, degrees, and radians. Trigonometric equations. Functional analysis including graphical drawing.
  • Vector calculus. Vectors in two and three dimensions, vector coordinates, scalar product, vector product, scalar triple product. Use vector calculus to find angles, lengths, area, and volume.
  • Parameterised motion in two dimensions. Spherical coordinates and great-circle navigation. Compass course and conversion between three dimensional coordinates to longitude and latitude.


Skills - The student:

  • Is able to understand and use mathematical rules and techniques within the topics of the course.
  • Is able to analyse and solve different problems.


General qualifications - The student:

  • Has insight in mathematics as a tool for other courses and can use logical and analytical methods relevant in further nautical science studies.

Entry requirements


Nautical Science Y-vei- students must have completed pre course in mathematics/physics

Recommended previous knowledge

Mathematics equal to higher education entrance qualification.

Teaching methods

Lectures and joint exercise sessions.

Compulsory learning activities

Tests, Assignments and Peer assessments:

  • Tests: 3 out of 5 tests must be passed. 
  • Assignments: 2 out of 2 assignments must be passed.
  • Peer assessments: 2 assignments done by 2 other fellow students must be graded.


Written exam 5 hours.

Grading scale A-F.

Examination support material

Allowed calculator is: Casio fx-991EX. "Standard, non-programmable calculator" as specified in Examination support material is also allowed.

Technical table of formulas: "Teknisk formelsamling" (Pedersen, Gustavsen, Kaasa and Olsen).

More about examination support material

Course reductions

  • NAB1012 - Matematikk I - Reduction: 5 studypoints
  • NAB1013 - Matematikk II - Reduction: 4 studypoints
  • NAB1007 - Matematikk - Reduction: 9 studypoints
  • NAB1030 - Grunnleggjande matematikk - Reduction: 9 studypoints
  • NAB2010 - Anvendt matematikk - Reduction: 1 studypoints