Undergraduate course

Calculus I

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring, Autumn
  • Course codeMAT111
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian
  • Resources

Teaching semester

Autumn. The course is also offered in the spring semester with limited number of lectures and excercise groups. In the spring semester, the course is mostly based on self-study.

Objectives and Content


The course aims at giving an introduction to the most important notions

and techniques in mathematical calculus, especially continuity,

differentiation and integration, which are needed later in most studies

in mathematics and natural sciences. At the same time, the course shall

convey how the subject is logically build up and why one needs strict

proofs and give insight into how one uses mathematics to depict (models

of) the real world.


The subject gives an introduction to the concept of limits,

continuity, differentiation and integration of real functions of one

real variable, as well as theory of real and complex numbers, with

applications to theoretical and practical problems. Central themes are

inverse functions, logarithmic and exponential functions, trigonometric

functions, Taylor polynomials and Taylor's formula with remainder.

Moreover, topics such as implicit differentiation, fixed point iteration

and Newton's method, computations of areas in the plane and volumes of

solids of revolution, numerical integration and separable and first

order linear differential equations are included.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student

* is able to compute with and use complex numbers to find real and

complex solutions to simple equations

* is able to prove statements using mathematical induction

* is able to state and apply the mathematical definitions of limits,

continuity and derivative, also in theoretical problems.

* is able to state and apply both the formal definition and other

techinques such as the limit theorems, squeeze theorem and l'H├┤pital's

rule to compute limits

* is able to state and apply the Intermediate Value Theorem, the

Extremal Value Theorem and the Mean Value Theorem, also in theoretical


* is able to use rules to find derivatives and antiderivatives

* is able to study functions and sketch their graphs

* is able to apply Taylor's formula

* is able to use integration techniques such as substitution, partial

integration, as well as polynomial division, method of partial fractions

and completing the square, to find antiderivatives.

* is able to apply the Fundamental theorem of Calculus

* is able to solve simple separable and first order linear differential


* is able to model simple problems with the help of differential

equations and use implicit differentiation and functions to solve simple

applied problems

* is able to use numerical methods to find approximative values for

roots of equations and definite integrals.


The students

* masters fundamental techniques within calculus and how to use these in

both theoretical and applied problems

* is able to argue mathematically and present simple proofs and


* is able to recognize structure and formulate simple problems


General competence

The student

* is able to work individually and in groups

* is able to formulate in a precise and scientific way on an elementary


* is able to decide whether simple mathematical arguments are correct

Recommended Previous Knowledge

R2 (Highest level of mathematics from Norwegian high school)

Forms of Assessment

Written examination: 5 hours

Examination support materials: Non- programmable calculator, according to model listed in faculty regulations and Textbook

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Subject Overlap

MAT101: 5 ECTS, M001: 5 ECTS, M100: 10 ECTS, M011: 10 ECTS, ECON140: 5 ECTS

Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam. The exam location will be published 14 days prior to the exam. Candidates must check their room allocation on Studentweb 3 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination (New exam)

    01.10.2019, 09:00
    5 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    13.12.2019, 09:00
    5 hours
    Withdrawal deadline