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 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:

  1. Understand the basic topological properties of metric spaces, and their applications to problems in other areas of mathematics;

  1. Understand and appreciate some important basic theorems in analysis and their applications, such as the Ascoli-Arzela Theorem, the Weierstrass approximation theorem, the inverse and implicit function theorems;

  1. Recognise the conditions for existence and uniqueness of solutions to the initial value problem for systems of ordinary differential equations;

  1. Communicate mathematical ideas and work in teams as appropriate for the discipline of mathematics.


Three assignments: 10% each
Final examination: 70%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

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