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Pre-course in mathematics

Pre-course in mathematics for engineers

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We would like to recommend our math pre-course, in which you can refresh your math skills. Mathematics is an essential part of engineering courses and forms the basis of most of the subjects covered in the course (such as technical mechanics or electrical engineering). The math pre-course prepares you for the math used in your studies.

Important information about registration

Registration for the math pre-course is necessary to obtain the necessary information for the organization and planning of the pre-course. On this page you can register for your preliminary course for the following courses:

In the winter semester

Mechanical EngineeringSustainable engineering
Production and logistics

Technical Education Metal technology

NanotechnologyOptical Technologies

In the summer semester

Mechanical EngineeringSustainable engineering
Production and logistics

Contents of the math pre-course

  • 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)

Goals of the math pre-course and timetable

  • 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)

Programme and venue


The Maths Pre-Course usually takes place two weeks before the start of lectures. You can join the preliminary maths course at any time, even if you have missed the first lecture.

Dates winter semester 2022/23: 26.09. - 07.10.2022.

The first lecture starts at 09:00 in room 030 (building 8130).


Leibniz University of Hannover
Campus Mechanical Engineering
An der Universität 1
30823 Garbsen


If you already have an account in Stud.IP, please register for the course: Pre-course Mathematics for Engineers. If you have any questions, please contact your tutor. You will be assigned to the exercises in the first lecture. If you join later, please contact the Maths Pre-Course Tutor in the lecture.

Attendance not possible?

If attendance is not possible or only partially possible for you, please contact the course planning department: lehrplanung@maschinenbau.uni-hannover.de.


Timetable WiSe 2022/23

Further support services

In addition to the mathematics pre-course offered by the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering also offers two additional courses on the subject of learning at the university, in order to optimally prepare students for the start of their studies.

When and where these take place can be found in the timetable.

More about learning and exam preparation from the ZQS.

Differences between school and university

Learning at university is fundamentally different from learning at school. The scope and abundance of the material is enormous and the examination periods are short. While in school you were given very precise instructions as to when and what to learn, in college you have to organise your learning yourself. Nobody stands behind you and checks whether you are doing your homework. What sounds like freedom and self-determination often proves to be a big hurdle.