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Pre-course in mathematics for engineers

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Mathematics is an essential part of engineering courses and forms the basis for most subjects found in the degree programme (such as technical mechanics or electrical engineering). The preliminary maths course prepares students for the mathematics used in their studies.

Contents and goals of the pre-course in mathematics


  • Basics (e.g. fractions, power laws)
  • Functions and their properties
  • Function types: linear, quadratic, polynomial, trigonometric, exponential, logarithmic
  • Differentiation (with introduction in sequences and series)
  • Integration (including partial integration, substitution)
  • Introduction to linear algebra (matrices, determinants, linear systems of equations)


  • Addressing the mathematical deficits known from research in the transition from school to university, especially in secondary level 1 topics that are not dealt with as such in the basic courses
  • Getting used to the university process by dividing it into lectures and exercises
  • Development of learning strategies
  • Getting to know your future fellow students
  • First contact with students from higher semesters in the four study programmes mentioned (e.g. in the study information working group or as a tutor in the exercise groups)

Schedule and venues

Pre-course in mathematics: When and for how long?

The pre-course in maths usually takes place in the two weeks before lectures begin. If you are unable to attend the first dates, you can join the preliminary maths course at any time, even if you missed the first lecture. The duration of the course is two weeks.

Dates summer semester 2024:

  • Date: 19-22 March 2024 to 25-28 March 2024
  • Lecture: 09.00 - 12.15 hrs
  • Exercise: 13:15 to 14:45


Room 002, Building 8132

Campus Mechanical Engineering
An der Universität 1
30823 Garbsen


If you have any questions about the exercises, please contact your tutor. You will be allocated to the exercises in the first lecture. If you join later, please contact your pre-course maths tutor during the lecture.

Attendance not fully possible? If you are unable to attend the course in person or can only attend part of it, please contact the course planning team in advance: lehrplanung@maschinenbau.uni-hannover.de.


Registration is required for the organisation and planning of the pre-course in mathematics. Information on the handling of your data can be found in our privacy policy.

For registration please visit the German language page!

The mathematics pre-course is offered for the following degree programmes:

Winter semester
Mechanical Engineering | Sustainable Engineering | Optical Technologies | Production and Logistics | Technical Education Metal Technology

Summer semester
Mechanical Engineering | Sustainable Engineering | Production and Logistics


If you already have an account in Stud.IP, please register for the lecture and the exercise: "Mathematics pre-course for first-year students of SoSe 2024 (Mechanical Engineering, Production and Logistics, Sustainable Engineering)".

Due to the start of the preliminary course on 19 March, you must select WiSe2023/24 in the search in Stud.IP or remove the filter of the semester in the search.

Link lecture: https://studip.uni-hannover.de/dispatch.php/course/details/?cid=090c66fa5cc52b06885f876fbed21b5f

Link exercise: https://studip.uni-hannover.de/dispatch.php/course/details/?cid=b8c434a39fa7f7ec5a66063a3e06edab


Timetable SoSe 2024

Further support services

In your studies, you are responsible for organising what you learn, when and how. This can be a challenge at the beginning due to the amount of content and short exam periods. In addition to the contact persons of the AG-Studieninformation, to whom you can ask all your questions during the breaks at the preliminary mathematics course, the Centre for Quality Enhancement in Teaching and Learning (ZQS) will also be happy to help you at this point.

Learning and exam preparation

First Semester Welcome and StudiStart!