MATH1540 - University Mathematics for Financial Studies - 2014/15

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  • The scope of the Final Examination is everything in the course (lectures, notes, coursework, homework), excluding polar integration.
  • Test 2 will take place on Nov 6, at the usual time and place for the TUTORIAL session. It covers up to and including the material of Week 9, including homework, coursework, and all in-class material.
  • Test 1 will take place on Oct 9, at the usual time and place for the TUTORIAL session. It covers up to and including the material of Week 5.
  • Oct 7: New Assessment Scheme announced (see below).

General Information


  • CHAN, Ping Shun
    • Office: LSB 202A
    • Email:
    • Office Hours: By Appointment.

Teaching Assistant

  • YAM, Tsz-Chun
  • Liu, Xin

Time and Venue

  • Lecture: Tu 8:30AM - 10:15AM, YIA LT7; Th 12:30PM - 1:15PM, YIA LT6
  • Tutorial: Th 5:30PM - 6:15PM, LSB LT5

Course Description

This course is designed for students who wish to specialize in mathematics related financial studies. It is especially suitable for those who have a mathematics background similar to that of HKDSE Mathematics Extended Module I or II. The students are to acquire further cognition and stronger skills from their original training. It leads to the command of knowledge and operation of higher algebra. By this course, the students will have a smooth transition into studying the essential mathematics for financial studies.

This course is essentially an introduction to linear algebra and multivariable calculus. Its focus will be a practical knowledge and proficiency in these subjects.

Students enrolled in this course are expected to have at minimum a mathematical background equivalent to that of students who have completed MATH 1010.

Tutorial Assignments
During each tutorial session, an assignment (called "coursework") will be given out, and is to be completed in-class.

Homework Problems
A set of homework problems will be assigned every one or two weeks.

Tests and Final Exam
Two tests and a Final Exam will be given. Their relative weights in determining the final grade are given in the section Assessment Scheme below.


  • Thomas' Calculus, 12th edition (Pearson).


Lecture Notes



Assessment Scheme

Scheme 1
Tutorial and Homework Assignments 5%
Test 1 (Oct 9) 20%
Test 2 (Nov 6) 20%
Final Exam 55%

Scheme 2
Tutorial and Homework Assignments 5%
Best of Tests 1, 2 30%
Final Exam 65%

Final grade based on scheme which gives higher overall score. 100%

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Last updated: December 10, 2014 10:09:11