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MTH1010 - Functions and their applications

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader: Dr Anthony Lun


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


Functions, domain and range, function representation; different types of functions including linear, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, polynomial and rational functions; function algebra; composition of functions; inverse of functions; transformations; modelling with functions; rates of change; introduction to differentiation and integration, including techniques and applications.


On completion of this unit students will have acquired knowledge of: the notions of function and their representation as tables, graphs or mathematical expressions; basic characteristics of linear, exponential, trigonometric, and polynomial functions; algebra of functions and inverse functions; the notions of rate of exchange, differentiation and integration; will have developed skills in: identifying linear, exponential, logarithmic, periodic, polynomial, and rational patterns in graphs, tables, and mathematical expressions; using function algebra, calculating composition of functions and inverse functions; transforming functions through shifting, scaling and reflection; using functions as models of real- life behaviour; calculating simple derivatives and integrals; using computer algebra software to investigate the behaviour of functions, and their transformations and combinations, and as an aid in the modelling of real-life problems; and will have developed and/or strengthened the following generic skills; the ability to write reports using a technical word processor; and the ability to work in teams.


Examination (3 hours): 60%
Assignments and tests: 40%. Student must pass the final examination to be granted a pass grade.

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lectures and one 2-hour support class per week


MAT1049, MTH1020, MTH1030