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
Monash Passport categoryAdvanced Studies (Enhance Program)
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Simon Teague


Solution of systems of linear equations using Gaussian elimination; matrices and determinants, eigenvalues and eigenvectors; introduction to vectors; parametric curves; 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; Sequences and series, 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, and 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;

  1. Understand the concept of mathematical proof and the difference between proof by construction and proof by induction;

  1. Prove elementary theorems by induction and by construction.


Continuous assessments: 40%
Final Examination: 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lectures plus one 2-hour tutorial/computer laboratory per week.


VCE Specialist Mathematics with an ATAR/ENTER score of 95 or above; a VCE study score of 35 or above in Specialist Mathematics; a High Distinction in MTH1020; or by approval of the Head of School of Mathematical Sciences. In order to enrol in this unit students will need to apply via the Faculty of Science office.


MTH1030, MTH1085