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MTH2140 - Real analysis

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader: Dr Leo Brewin


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


Real numbers, countable and uncountable sets, paradoxes of the infinite, the Cantor set; compactness and convergence; sequences and series; continuous and differentiable functions; fixed points and contractions; applications to Markov chains, branching processes and integral equations.


At the completion of this unit, students will be able to demonstrate understanding of: the rich mathematical structure of the real numbers; a variety of paradoxes of the infinite; some basic concepts of analysis including limits, derivatives, integrals, sequences and series; the applicability of mathematical ideas to other areas of science; and will have developed skills in: identifying areas of mathematics where the intuition is unreliable; appreciating and developing some simple mathematical proofs; the use of rigorous mathematical arguments; applying the tools of real analysis to study discrete dynamical systems.


Examination (3 hours): 70%
Assignments and participation in support classes: 30%

Contact hours

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




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