08234 - Elements of Mathematics

Course Unit Page

Academic Year 2018/2019

Course contents

  1. Proportions and percentages.
  2. Proportionality.
  3. Main units of measure. Multiples and submultiples. Scientific notation. Approximation.
  4. Areas and volumes. Trigonometry.
  5. Points and lines in the cartesian plane.
  6. Definition of function. Domain and image. Image and inverse image. Invertible functions and inverse function.
  7. Graphs of polynomial, rational, irrational, exponential and logarithmic functions. Related problems.
  8. Limits and derivatives (hints).
  9. Combinatorics: combinations and permutations.
  10. Probability. Union and intersection of events. Complementary event. Mutually exclusive and non-exclusive events. Dependent and independent events. Conditional probability. Applications: genetics and diagnostic tests.


V. Villani, G. Gentili, Matematica 5/ed - Comprendere e interpretare fenomeni delle scienze della vita, McGraw-Hill, 2012.

D. Benedetto, M. Degli Esposti, C. Maffei, Matematica per le scienze della vita, Casa Editrice Ambrosiana, 2008.

F. Cagliari, Matematica per Farmacia, McGraw-Hill Create, 2014 (edizione speciale tratta da Marco Abate, Matematica e Statistica - Le basi per le scienze della vita, seconda edizione, McGraw-Hill, 2013).

Assessment methods

Written exam.

Office hours

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