Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Have knowledge about definitions, results and techniques within the theory of differentiation and integration of functions of two or more variables
  • Have knowledge about the trigonometric functions and their inverse functions
  • Have knowledge about complex numbers, including computation rules and their representations
  • Have knowledge about factorisation of polynomials over the complex numbers
  • Have knowledge about the complex exponential function, its characteristics and its connection with trigonometric functions
  • Have knowledge about curves in the plane (in both rectangular and polar coordinates) and spatial parameterisations, tangent vectors and curvatures of such curves
  • Have knowledge about the theory of second order linear differential equations with constant coefficients


  • Be able to visualize functions of two and three variables using graphs, level curves and level surfaces
  • Be able to determine local and global extrema for functions of two and three variables
  • Be able to determine surface area, volume, moment of inertia, etc. using integration theory
  • Be able to approximate functions of one variable using Taylor's formula, and to use linear approximations for functions of two or more variables
  • Be able to perform arithmetic computations with complex numbers
  • Be able to find the roots in the complex quadratic equation and perform factorisation of  polynomials in simple cases
  • Be able to solve linear second order differential equations with constant coefficients, in general, and with initial conditions
  • Be able to reason through the use the concepts, results and theories in simple concrete and abstract problems


  • Be able to develop and strengthen knowledge, comprehension and application within mathematical theories and methods in other subject areas
  • Be able to give reasons and to argue on the basis of the given conditions using mathematical concepts from calculus

Type of instruction

Lectures with exercises.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 5 ECTS course, the work load is expected to be 150 hours for the student.



Name of examCalculus
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Permitted aids
With certain aids:
Unless otherwise stated in the course description in Moodle, it is permitted to bring all kinds of (engineering) aids including books, notes and advanced calculators. If the student brings a computer, it is not permitted to have access to the Internet and the teaching materials from Moodle must therefore be down loaded in advance on the computer. It is emphasized that no form of electronic communication must take place.
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleCalculus
Module codeN-EN-B1-3
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionDanish and English
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg, Campus Esbjerg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Energy
DepartmentDepartment of Energy Technology
FacultyFaculty of Engineering and Science