Expected prior knowledge

In your first semester it will be assumed that you have a good knowledge of all the Pure Mathematics that you learned at A-level. There will be some tests on this core A-level material within the first few weeks.

The purpose of these texts is to ensure that all students start with an appropriate level of knowledge. Revision material and exercises will be provided at the start of the course. You should find this work straightforward, provided that you are familiar with the following:

The links above can be used as a starting point, and you A-level textbooks will contain more information.To test yourself in these areas have a go at our question sheet (40K pdf-file). The answer sheet (40K pdf-file) is also available.

Recommended reading

As well as being fully knowledgeable about your A-Level syllabus you can also prepare yourself for a University education by reading some popular science books about the subject. Below are a few you might want to try:

  • The Music of the Primes by Marcus du Sautoy
  • The Code Book by Simon Singh
  • Fermat's Last Theorem by Simon Singh
  • An Imaginary Tale: The Story of i [the square root of minus one] by Paul J. Nahin
  • `e': The Story of a Number by Eli Maor
  • A History of Pi by Petr Beckmann
  • The Great Mathematical Problems by Ian Stewart
  • The Quantum Universe: Everything that can happen does happen by Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw


You may also want to acquaint yourself with the following blogs:

(The opinions expressed in the above blogs are those of the authors of the articles and do not necessarily state or reflect the views of the staff from the University of Surrey)

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