MAT-12806 Mathematics M (Mathematics for Social Sciences)


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Independent study
Course coordinator(s)dr. OA van Herwaarden
Lecturer(s)G de Kleuver
dr. OA van Herwaarden
Examiner(s)dr. OA van Herwaarden

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

Mathematics at the VWO level Wiskunde A, B, A1,2 or B1.


Applied mathematics relevant for the social sciences: topics from matrix- and vector-algebra and analysis, including applications. The language of instruction is Dutch. Computer practicals to enlarge insight and skills.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- use and apply definitions and concepts from analysis and matrix- and vector algebra in a mathematical or an applied context;
- use and apply mathematical knowledge and methods to solve basic mathematical problems related to social sciences using a systematic approach;
- critically reflect upon the results by verifying them;
- interpret the results in terms of the problem that was modelled mathematically;
- use results of computer algebra in elaborating mathematical models from social sciences.


- active participation in tutorials and computer practicals;
- preparing for the tutorials and practicals, and keeping up with the subject matter.


Written test with open and/or multiple choice questions mark (100%). A simple electronic calculator (NOT a graphic calculator) is allowed.


M. de Gee. (2013 or more recent). Wiskunde in Werking, deel 1: vectoren en matrices toegepast. Epsilon uitgaven nr. 48. 440p. ISBN 978-90-5041-140-0.
M. de Gee. (2009 or more recent). Wiskunde in Werking, deel 2: analyse toegepast. Epsilon uitgaven nr. 49. 414 p. ISBN 978-90-5041-110-3.
O.A. van Herwaarden []. Handleiding Wiskunde M (2017) and Practicumopdrachten Wiskunde M (2017). (available: WUR-shop).

Compulsory for: BBCManagement and Consumer StudiesBSc6MO
BINInternational Development StudiesBSc1MO
BEBEconomics and GovernanceBSc1WD