Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
Organisational UnitSchool of Mathematical Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2013 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Tom Hall (Clayton); Dr Andrew Percy (Gippsland)


Properties of real and complex numbers; algebraic functions and common transcendental functions; modelling change using elementary functions; limits and continuity; rate of change, derivatives, local and global extrema; sums and integrals, anti-derivatives, calculus applications: optimisation, area and volume, introduction to differential equations; Vectors in two- and three- dimensional space.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate basic knowledge of complex numbers, including algebraic manipulations and their various representations;

  1. Demonstrate basic knowledge of vectors in two and three-dimensional space, their properties, and geometric applications;

  1. Calculate simple limits to describe continuity and behaviour of one-variable real functions near a point and at infinity;

  1. Explain how differentiation and integration arise as limits of functions;

  1. Calculate derivatives and integrals using a variety of methods;

  1. Use calculus methods to analyse function characteristics such as local and global extrema, concavity and points of inflection;

  1. Solve differential equations of the separable variables type;

  1. Use calculus techniques to solve a variety of problems that can be modelled with functions or with first order differential equations;

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in mathematical writing and communication.


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

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

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


MTH1010 or VCE Mathematical Methods units 3 and 4 (with an average grade of C or above in the written examination components)


MTH1055. Please note that students who have already completed MTH1030 or MTH1035 cannot enrol in MTH1020.