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)
Coordinator(s)Dr Jerome Droniou


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.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Appreciate the rich mathematical structure of the real numbers;

  1. Understand a variety of paradoxes of the infinite;

  1. Understand the basic concepts of analysis including limits, derivatives, integrals, sequences and series;

  1. Appreciate the applicability of mathematical ideas to other areas of science;

  1. Identify areas of mathematics where the intuition is unreliable;

  1. Appreciate and develop some simple mathematical proofs and the use of rigorous mathematical arguments;

  1. Apply the tools of real analysis to study discrete dynamical systems.


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

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

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



MTH2111, MTH3111, MTH3140