The aim of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) syllabus in Mathematics is to prepare the candidates for the Board’s examination. It is designed to test the achievement of the course objectives, which are to:

(1) acquire computational and manipulative skills;

(2) develop precise, logical and formal reasoning skills;

(3) develop deductive skills in interpretation of graphs, diagrams and data;

(4) apply mathematical concepts to resolve issues in daily living.

This syllabus is divided into five sections:

I. Number and Numeration.

II. Algebra

III. Geometry/Trigonometry.

IV. Calculus

V. Statistics

SECTION I: NUMBER AND NUMERATION

1. Number bases:

**Topics:**

(a) operations in
different number bases from 2 to 10;

(b) conversion from one base to another including fractional parts.

**Objectives:**

Candidates should be able to:

i. perform four basic
operations (x,+,-,÷)

ii. convert one base to another.

2. Fractions, Decimals, Approximations and Percentages:

**Topics: **

(a) fractions and
decimals;

(b) significant figures;

(c) decimal places;

(d) percentage errors;

(e) simple interest;

(f) profit and loss percent;

(g) ratio, proportion and rate;

(h) shares and valued added tax (VAT).

**Objectives: **

Candidates should be able to:

i. perform basic operations
(x,+,-,÷) on fractions and decimals;

ii. express to specified number of significant figures and decimal places;

iii. calculate simple interest, profit and loss percent; ratio proportion and
rate;

iv. Solve problems involving share and VAT.

3. Indices, Logarithms and Surds:

**Topics:**

(a) laws of indices;

(b) standard form;

(c) laws of logarithm;

(d) logarithm of any positive number to a given base;

(e) change of bases in logarithm and application;

(f) relationship between indices and logarithm;

(g) surds.

**Objectives:**

Candidates should be able to:

i. apply the laws of
indices in calculation;

ii. establish the relationship between indices and logarithms in solving
problems;

iii. solve problems in different bases in logarithms;

iv. simplify and rationalize surds;

v. perform basic operations on surds.

4. Sets:

**Topics:**

(a) types of sets

(b) algebra of sets

(c) venn diagrams and their applications.

**Objectives:**

Candidates should be able to:

i. identify types of
sets, i.e empty, universal, complements, subsets, finite, infinite and disjoint
sets;

ii. solve problems involving cardinality of sets;

iii. solve set problems using symbol;

iv. use venn diagrams to solve problems involving not more than 3 sets.

SECTION II: ALGEBRA.

1. Polynomials:

**Topics:**

(a) change of subject
of formula

(b) factor and remainder theorems

(c) factorization of polynomials of degree not exceeding 3.

(d) multiplication and division of polynomials

(e) roots of polynomials not exceeding degree 3

(f) simultaneous equations including one linear one quadratic;

(g) graphs of polynomials of degree not greater than 3.

**Objectives:**

Candidates should be able to:

i. find the subject of
the formula of a given equation;

ii. apply factor and remainder theorem to factorize a given expression;

iii. multiply and divide polynomials of degree not more than 3;

iv. factorize by regrouping difference of two squares, perfect squares and
cubic expressions; etc.

v. solve simultaneous equations – one linear, one quadratic;

vi. interpret graphs of polynomials including applications to maximum and
minimum values.

2. Variation:

**Topics:**

(a) direct

(b) inverse

(c) joint

(d) partial

(e) percentage increase and decrease.

**Objectives:**

Candidates should be able to:

i. solve problems
involving direct, inverse, joint and partial variations;

ii. solve problems on percentage increase and decrease in variation.

3. Inequalities:

**Topics:**

(a) analytical and
graphical solutions of linear inequalities;

(b) quadratic inequalities with integral roots only.

**Objective:**

Candidates should be able to:

i. solve problems on
linear and quadratic inequalities;

ii. interpret graphs of inequalities.

4. Progression:

**Topics:**

(a) nth term of a
progression

(b) sum of A. P. and G. P.

**Objectives:**

Candidates should be able to:

i. determine the nth
term of a progression;

ii. compute the sum of A. P. and G.P;

iii. sum to infinity of a given G.P.

5. Binary Operations:

**Topics:**

(a) properties of
closure, commutativity, associativity and distributivity;

(b) identity and inverse elements (simple cases only).

**Objectives: **

Candidates should be able to:

i. solve problems
involving closure, commutativity, associativity and distributivity;

ii. solve problems involving identity and inverse elements.

6. Matrices and Determinants:

**Topics:**

(a) algebra of
matrices not exceeding 3 x 3;

(b) determinants of matrices not exceeding 3 x 3;

(c) inverses of 2 x 2 matrices [excluding quadratic and higher degree
equations].

**Objectives: **

Candidates should be able to:

i. perform basic
operations (x,+,-,÷) on matrices;

ii. calculate determinants;

iii. compute inverses of 2 x 2 matrices.

SECTION III: GEOMETRY AND TRIGONOMETRY

1. Euclidean Geometry:

**Topics:**

(a) Properties of
angles and lines

(b) Polygons: triangles, quadrilaterals and general polygons;

(c) Circles: angle properties, cyclic quadrilaterals and intersecting chords;

(d) construction.

**Objectives:**

Candidates should be able to:

i. identify various
types of lines and angles;

ii. solve problems involving polygons;

iii. calculate angles using circle theorems;

iv. identify construction procedures of special angles, e.g. 30°, 45°, 60°,
75°, 90° etc.

2. Mensuration:

**Topics:**

(a) lengths and areas
of plane geometrical figures;

(b) lengths of arcs and chords of a circle;

(c) Perimeters and areas of sectors and segments of circles;

(d) surface areas and volumes of simple solids and composite figures;

(e) the earth as a sphere:- longitudes and latitudes.

**Objectives:**

Candidates should be able to:

i. calculate the
perimeters and areas of triangles, quadrilaterals, circles and composite
figures;

ii. find the length of an arc, a chord, perimeters and areas of sectors and
segments of circles;

iii. calculate total surface areas and volumes of cuboids, cylinders. cones,
pyramids, prisms, spheres and composite figures;

iv. determine the distance between two points on the earth’s surface.

3. Loci:

**Topic:**

locus in 2 dimensions based on geometric principles relating to lines and curves.

**Objectives:**

Candidates should be able to:

identify and interpret loci relating to parallel lines, perpendicular bisectors, angle bisectors and circles.

4. Coordinate Geometry:

**Topics:**

(a) midpoint and
gradient of a line segment;

(b) distance between two points;

(c) parallel and perpendicular lines;

(d) equations of straight lines.

**Objectives: **

Candidates should be able to:

i. determine the
midpoint and gradient of a line segment;

ii. find the distance between two points;

iii. identify conditions for parallelism and perpendicularity;

iv. find the equation of a line in the two-point form, point-slope form, slope
intercept form and the general form.

5.Trigonometry:

**Topics:**

(a) trigonometrical
ratios of angels;

(b) angles of elevation and depression;

(c) bearings;

(d) areas and solutions of triangle;

(e) graphs of sine and cosine;

(f) sine and cosine formulae.

**Objectives:**

Candidates should be
able to:

i. calculate the sine, cosine and tangent of angles between – 360° ≤ θ ≤
360°;

ii. apply these special angles, e.g. 30°, 45°, 60°, 75°, 90°, 105°, 135° to
solve simple problems in trigonometry;

iii. solve problems involving angles of elevation and depression;

iv. solve problems involving bearings;

v. apply trigonometric formulae to find areas of triangles;

vi. solve problems involving sine and cosine graphs.

SECTION IV: CALCULUS

I. Differentiation:

**Topics: **

(a) limit of a
function

(b) differentiation of explicit algebraic and simple trigonometrical
functions-sine, cosine and tangent.

**Objectives: **

Candidates should be able to:

i. find the limit of a
function

ii. differentiate explicit algebraic and simple trigonometrical functions.

2. Application of differentiation:

**Topics:**

(a) rate of change;

(b) maxima and minima.

**Objective: **

Candidates should be able to:

solve problems involving applications of rate of change, maxima and minima.

3. Integration:

**Topics:**

(a) integration of
explicit algebraic and simple trigonometrical functions;

(b) area under the curve.

**Objectives:**

Candidates should be able to:

i. solve problems of
integration involving algebraic and simple trigonometric functions;

ii. calculate area under the curve (simple cases only).

SECTION V: STATISTICS

1. Representation of data:

**Topics:**

(a) frequency
distribution;

(b) histogram, bar chart and pie chart.

**Objectives:**

Candidates should be able to:

i. identify and
interpret frequency distribution tables;

ii. interpret information on histogram, bar chat and pie chart

2. Measures of Location:

**Topics:**

(a) mean, mode and
median of ungrouped and grouped data – (simple cases only);

(b) cumulative frequency.

**Objectives:**

Candidates should be able to:

i. calculate the mean,
mode and median of ungrouped and grouped data (simple cases only);

ii. use ogive to find the median, quartiles and percentiles.

3. Measures of Dispersion:

**Topic:**

range, mean deviation, variance and standard deviation.

**Objective:**

Candidates should be able to:

calculate the range, mean deviation, variance and standard deviation of ungrouped and grouped data.

4. Permutation and Combination:

**Topics:**

(a) Linear and
circular arrangements;

(b) Arrangements involving repeated objects.

**Objective:**

Candidates should be able to:

solve simple problems involving permutation and combination.

5. Probability:

**Topics**

(a) experimental probability
(tossing of coin, throwing of a dice etc);

(b) Addition and multiplication of probabilities (mutual and independent
cases).

**Objective:**

Candidates should be able to:

solve simple problems in probability (including addition and multiplication).

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