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Calculus MT1174

This unit develops a student’s proficiency in working with the mathematical methods of calculus, and it investigates some applications to problems in economics, management and related areas.

The unit also develops the student’s understanding of the theoretical concepts behind these methods.

Prerequisites/ Exclusions

This course may not be taken with:

  • MT105a Mathematics 1
  • MT105b Mathematics 2
  • MT1186 Mathematical Methods.

Topics covered

  • Basics
  • Differentiation
  • One-variable optimisation
  • Integration
  • Functions of several variables
  • Multivariate optimisation
  • Differential equations

Learning outcomes

If you complete the course successfully, you should be able to:

  • use the concepts, terminology, methods and conventions covered in the unit to solve mathematical problems in this subject
  • solve unseen mathematical problems involving understanding of these concepts and application of these methods
  • see how calculus can be used to solve problems in economics and related subjects
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the underlying principles of calculus.


Unseen written exam (3 hrs).

Essential reading

  • Binmore, K. and J. Davies. Calculus. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
  • Anthony, M. and N. Biggs. Mathematics for economics and finance: methods and modelling. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Course information sheets

Download the course information sheets from the LSE website.