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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Robert Bartnik and Mr Gilbert Weinstein


This unit will explore the power of mathematical generalisation, by showing how rather elementary techniques from the theory of abstract metric spaces, lead directly to proofs of fundamental results on ordinary differential equations and in geometry. Extending linear algebra to infinite-dimensional topological vector spaces leads to the general theory of Hilbert spaces, which has important applications in all areas of mathematics and the physical sciences.


On completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate: an understanding of the basic topological properties of metric spaces, and their applications to problems in other areas of mathematics; an understanding of Hilbert spaces and some of their applications; and communication skills and team work as appropriate for the discipline of mathematics.


Three assignments: 10% each
Final examination: 70%

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Robert Bartnik

Contact hours

Three hours of lectures and one hour support class per week.




MTH2140 or MTH3140