Preliminary Course "Mathematics (minor)"

Course description

In this preliminary course, we will refresh some of the high school math curriculum in a “university style.” Specifically, we will revisit the calculus you will frequently need during your studies at the University of Bonn.

Examples will be used to illustrate all methods and laws. The goal of the course is to prepare you for the mathematics part of your chosen degree program and hence to give you a head start into your studies.


  • Calculus 
  • Functions
  • Geometry
  • Equations and inequations
  • Linear algebra
  • Differential calculus and integral calculus
  • Probability theory

This preliminary course consists of two parts.

Using online learning modules and online tests on our PreCampus portal, you will work on basic calculus and simple standard issues from the high school math curriculum. In this way, each participant can work on the problems at their own pace and identify the knowledge gaps they still need to close. It is especially important to work on this part carefully because the contents presented here will be considered a given in the face-to-face section of the preliminary course.

You should therefore give yourself sufficient time for completing the online tests. Two weeks would be ideal. It is extremely important that you complete the online test before the lectures and tutorials of the preliminary course begin.

You will receive your login information for the online portal after you register for the preliminary course.

In this section, we will refresh more difficult topics from the high school math curriculum and highlight some contexts for their application. In addition, we will apply the contents covered in the online tests. Links between the various mathematical topics will be explained in detail and there will be plenty of room for practicing the concepts you have learned. The focus is on applying your knowledge to solve problems. This part of the preliminary course consists of daily lectures and tutorials (on workdays). Note that we will not repeat the contents of the online tests!

The entire preliminary course is designed to give you the opportunity to repeat those contents of high school mathematics that you will be expected to know as a university student and to learn how to transfer them to different contexts of application.

Take advantage of the opportunity to complete both parts of the preliminary course with dedication. This will make it much easier for you to begin your studies. Be prepared for the fact that at university level, all mathematical aspects will be considered in a more abstract manner than what you were used to in high school. That is why it is crucial that you have your high school math ready and that you have practiced those math skills extensively.

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Monday, Sep 12, 2022 to Friday, Sep 23, 2022


9 -12 

Excercies groups

2h in the afternoon

You will receive further information after registering for the course



Dr. Antje Kiesel



Dr. Antje Kiesel


Registration for this course starts on August 1.

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