MA6004 - Algebra, Functions and Modelling


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2024/2025

Course content

This course gives an introduction to properties of functions of one variable, and an introduction to differential equations. Using mathematics to describe extra-mathematical situations (modelling) is a central topic. Use of digital tools, including programming, will be included. Aspects related to teaching algebra and functions will also be included.

Learning outcome

After having completed the course, the candidate is expected to have acquired learning outcome, defined as knowledge, skills and general competence as specified below:


The candidate has

  • basic knowledge of modelling as a way of working in mathematics,
  • good knowledge of important functions, such as polynomials, rational functions, trigonometric functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, and their properties,
  • basic knowledge of differentiation and integration, and applications of these concepts,
  • basic knowledge of differential equations and their applications,
  • basic knowledge of numerical solutions of algebraic equations and differential equations.
  • basic knowledge of sequences and series.


The candidate is able to

  • use integration and differentiation to analyse properties of functions,
  • model situations from nature and society using mathematical concepts and methods, and assess the validity of these models,
  • solve problems using both algebraic and numerical techniques, and use digital tools, including simple programming, in this work,
  • assess whether results obtained using digital techniques are reasonable.

General competence

The candidate has acquired

  • a good basis for studying more advance mathematical courses,
  • good knowledge about mathematical topics and use of digital aids, relevant for teaching mathematics in grades 8-13.

Learning methods and activities

The teaching is concentrated in seminars, accompanied by Internet based tutoring. Printed and digital learning resources are available as books, articles and videos.

Further on evaluation

Assessment is based on a written school exam, counting 70 %, and project work, counting 30 %. The project work is based on tasks that must be completed. Both components must be given a pass grade in order to get a total grade in the subject.

Retake can be carried out for some partial assessments without all partial assessments having to be taken up again

Re-sit exam may be given as an oral exam.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
- (KMA1-8-13)

Required previous knowledge

To be admitted to the course, previous knowledge corresponding to R1 from Norwegian upper secondary school must be documented.

Course materials

Announced at the start of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MA6001 7.5 AUTUMN 2021
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Further education, lower degree level



Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Mathematics
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Mathematical Sciences

Department with administrative responsibility
Section for quality in education and learning environment


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