General information

Subject type: Basic

Coordinator: Jesus Ezequiel Martínez Marín

Trimester: First term

Credits: 6

Teaching staff: 

Josep Maynou Terri
Noemí Ruiz Munzón 

Teaching languages

  • Catalan

The course material can be in Catalan, Spanish or English.


Specific skills
  • Show knowledge and skills for the coordination of the departments of purchasing, supply, production and distribution of a product to any company, analyzing different types of techniques

  • Operationalize the storage of goods, through computer applications of logistics management

  • Show knowledge of the organization of maritime, land, air and multimodal transport, customs management and international trade in order to manage and / or contract transport

  • Show knowledge of the ship and its recruitment for use as a means of transport for both goods and people, in an environment of sustainability and respect for the environment

  • Select and use quantitative instruments for decision making and contrasting economic hypotheses


At the end of the subject, the student will know the basic and general mathematical tools for the approach and solution of logistical and economic problems that throughout his studies or in his professional future can be found. You will acquire mastery of these techniques by calculating and solving general problems and know their applications in the field of logistics. From a more general point of view, the student will acquire an overview of the need for mathematics and mathematical language as basic instrumental tools of the social sciences.

 The classroom (physical or virtual) is a safe space, free of sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic and discriminatory attitudes, either towards students or teachers. We trust that together we can create a safe space where we can make mistakes and learn without having to suffer the prejudices of others.

Learning outcomes

Evaluate through quantitative instruments different scenarios in the field of logistics.

  • Master mathematical language as well as algebraic notation and manipulation in the context of univariate calculus.
  • Show knowledge of the basic concepts about the real line, real functions, univariate calculus and the properties of basic families of real functions, linear algebra and optimization in various variables.
  • Be able to identify and interpret simple mathematical models applied to economics.

Working methodology

Theoretical sessions

MD1. Master classes: Expository class sessions based on the teacher's explanation attended by all students enrolled in the subject.

MD3. Presentations: Multimedia formats that support face-to-face classes

Guided learning MD5. Seminars: Proposed activities, which the students carry out individually and the teacher corrects.
Autonomous learning

MD4. Video capsules: Resource in video format, which includes contents or demonstrations of the thematic axes of the subjects. These capsules are integrated into the structure of the subject and serve students to review as many times as necessary the ideas or proposals that the teacher needs to highlight from their classes.

MD9. Exercise and problem solving: Non-contact activity dedicated to the resolution of practical exercises based on the data provided by the teacher.

MD11. Non-contact tutorials: for which the student will have telematic resources such as e-mail and ESCSET intranet resources.

In the face-to-face sessions with the whole group, theory sessions will be combined with exercise resolution sessions. The theoretical presentation will include examples that will help the student to solve exercises autonomously. In the non-contact sessions the students will have to work theoretical-practical knowledge from audiovisual material, on-line documents and the material of the face-to-face sessions. 



0. Preliminaries.

The sets of numbers
Solving equations and inequalities

1. Real functions of a real variable.

Definition, types and properties
Expressions of a function: explicit form and implicit form
Graph of a function

Distance between two points
Domain and Path of a function
Operations with functions: sum, product for a scalar, product and quotient
Composition. Properties.
Identity function and inverse function
Study of some elementary functions (polynomial, rational, with radical, exponential, logarithmic)

2. Differential calculus with functions of a variable.

Derived from a function at a point.
Definition Geometric interpretation of the derivative
Angular Points
Derivative and continuity theorem
Derived function
Function derived from elementary functions (Table of derivatives)
Derivative of operations: sum, product to scale, product, quotient
Derivative of the composition: Rule of the chain
Successive derivatives

Derivative applications
Calculation of the tangent line at a point

Definition Lateral Boundaries. Infinite limits: Vertical asymptotes. Limits to infinity: Horizontal asymptotes. Graphic representation of the boundaries. Hospital Rule. Calculation of limits. Indeterminacies.


Definition and equivalent definitions. Types of discontinuity: avoidable, jumping and asymptotic. Continuity Problems. Calculation of the asymptotes of a function: horizontal, vertical and oblique.

Intervals of growth and degrowth of a function
Calculation of extremes (maximums and minimums)

Definition of maximum and minimum Null derivative theorem Criteria for determining extremes.

Concavity, convexity and inflection points. The derivative 2ª theorem.
Analysis of a function
Optimization. Highs and lows with applications to the economy

3. Introduction to queuing theory

Model Kendal (M / M / 1)

4. Linear algebra

Arrays Definition of array.
Order of an array. Square matrices Transposed from an array. Symmetric matrices Operations with matrices Sum and product for a scalar Product of matrices. Identity Matrix Properties. Inverse Matrix. 

Definition. Determinants of order 2 and order 3. Sarrus rule Adjunct and complementary minors Properties of determinants Development of determinants applying their properties Applications of determinants: Calculation of the inverse matrix Solving matrix equations Range of a matrix.

Systems of linear equations
Definition. Equivalent systems. Homogeneous systems Matrices associated with a system. Matrix expression of a system Compatible, incompatible, determined and indeterminate systems Rouché-Fröbenius theorem. Application: Systems Discussion Compatible Systems Resolution: Cramer's Rule Systems Resolution by the Gaussian Method.

Transition matrices

5. Real functions of two or more variables

Real functions of two or more real variables
Definition Graphical representation Level curves Domain of functions of two variables.

Differential calculation of functions of two or more variables
Partial derivatives of a function Successive partial derivatives. Schwartz's theorem

6. Optimization with functions of two or more variables

Local optimization Extremes of functions of two variables
Definition. Highs, lows and saddle points
Determination of extremes. Necessary condition
Singular points Hessian matrix
Determination of extremes. Sufficient condition

Learning activities

In general the structure of the week is as follows:


Classroom activities Activities outside the classroom
3 face-to-face sessions 
  • Personal study, making exercise lists, reviewing notes, consulting the book and online material (autonomous).
  • Completion of Moodle questionnaires online (autonomous).
  • Problem solving (individual or team)
  • Review (standalone)


Evaluation system

The final grade will be the weighted arithmetic mean of the grades of the assessable activities performed. To pass the course, the final grade must be greater than or equal to 5 points out of 10. The continuous assessment will take into account the following aspects with the weights indicated:

- A Final exam (F): 60%.

- Online test activities (T): 20% (10% online periodic tests + 10% synthesis test)

- Delivery of exercises, evaluable activities and participation (A): 20%

The final grade is obtained by applying the formula:

Note = 0,6 ·F + 0,2 ·T + 0,2 ·A

On F (greater than or equal to 4) is the exam grade, T online tests and A collects the participation note.

In the recovery period of the first term the student will be able to re-examine (recoverable 60%).

The student who has not taken the final exams (ordinary call for December) will not be able to take the resit exam.

Summary of evaluation percentages:

Evaluation system Percentage
Participation in activities proposed in the classroom 20%
Individual work (Online test) 10% + Synthesis test 10% 20%
Final exam 60%




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