MAT-12806 Mathematics M (Mathematics for Social Sciences)


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. OA van Herwaarden
JJB van den Heuvel
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.


Note: This course can not be combined in an individual programme with MAT-14803 Mathematics 1 and/or MAT-15003 Mathematics 3.

Applied mathematics relevant for the social sciences: topics from matrix- and vector-algebra and analysis, including applications. 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. Mathematics that Works, volume 2: Analysis applied. Epsilon uitgaven. ISBN 978-90-5041-168-4. Available at the WUR-shop.
M. de Gee. Mathematics that Works, volume 3: Vectors and matrices applied. Epsilon uitgaven. ISBN 978-90-5041-169-1. Available at the WUR-shop.
O.A. van Herwaarden []. Handleiding Wiskunde M (2020) and Practicumopdrachten Wiskunde M (2020). Available at the WUR-shop.

Compulsory for: BBCManagement and Consumer StudiesBSc6MO
BINInternational Development StudiesBSc1MO