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)
Clayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2013 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Daniel Tokarev (Clayton), Dr Andrew Percy (Gippsland)


Solution of systems of linear equations using Gaussian elimination; matrices, determinants, eigenvalues and eigenvectors; introduction to vectors; methods of integration - substitutions and integration by parts; solution of first-order ordinary differential equations - separable, use of integrating factor; solution of second-order linear ordinary differential equations with constant coefficients and applications; Taylor series and series convergence; the remainder term.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Understand the basic concepts of linear algebra, recognise and manipulate elements of vector spaces;

  1. Formulate and solve equations involving vectors and matrices, including for three-dimensional geometry;

  1. Identify and evaluate improper integrals;

  1. Solve simple first and second order differential equations, and formulate them for applications to physical systems;

  1. Compute Taylor series expansions, with remainder, for functions of one variable;

  1. Apply Taylor series and l'Hopital's rule to compute limits;

  1. Understand and compute the convergence properties of infinite series;

  1. Provide written reports that contain complete mathematical arguments.


Examination (3 hours) 60%
Reports, 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 computer laboratory per week


MTH1020 or VCE Specialist Mathematics units 3 and 4 (with an average grade of B or above in the written examination components)


MTH1035, MTH1085