AR101015 - Mathematical problem solving


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

- Arithmetic, algebra and graphic presentation.
- Calculation with percents.
- Equations and inequalities.
- Functions of one variable: polynomial and rational functions, exponential functions and logarithmic functions.
- Asymptotes.
- Limits and continuity.
- Differentiation and analysis of functions.
- Application of differentiation, including problems related to maximum, minimum and elasticities.
- Sequences and series.
- Finance mathematics.

Learning outcome

The candidate shall
1. know the relationship between abstract mathematical models and
real, concrete problems in business and market analysis.
2. have a holistic understanding of the problems mentioned under skills,
and know different solution strategies where relevant.
3. know what average and marginal cost tell about profitability.

The candidate shall
1. be able to compute interest and financial problems using exponential
and logarithmic functions as well as geometric series.
2. be able to solve cost and income problems based on linear and
quadratic functions.
3. be able to solve equilibrium problems using equations.
4. be able to analyse and discuss polynomial functions, incl.
differentiation, optimisation and identification of zeroes.
5. be able to use algebraic formulations to make general conclusions.

The candidate should
5. be able to discuss and analyse rational, exponential and logarithmic
6. be able solve abstract and algebraic problems within the areas listed
7. be able to transfer the listed solution techniques to new classes of

The candidate shall
1. be able to communication with and within mathematics.
2. be able to mathematise, i.e. find soluble mathematical forumlations
for real problems.

Learning methods and activities

Pedagogical methods:

Composite sessions with group work and practice exercises, and plenary briefing and debriefing.
The module emphasises cooperative learning, discussion and action-reflection.

Compulsory assignment:
Selected exercises (individual and group work) wil be compulsory.

Mandatory assignments from one of the last two deliveries must be approved to gain admission to the exam.

Compulsory assignments

  • Mandatory assignment

Further on evaluation

Additional calculators: Casio FC-100V or Texas Instruments - BAII Plus

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Biomarine innovation (298BMI)
Biomarine innovation (298YV)
Business Management (162AL)
Marketing, Innovation and Management (359ML)
Shipping Management (SØ160)
Shipping management (432SM)

Required previous knowledge

General admission

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Ålesund

Subject area(s)
  • Mathematics
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of ICT and Natural Sciences



Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Written examination 100/100 D 09:00
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Written examination 100/100 D 09:00
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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