Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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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 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr John McCloughan


Functions, domain and range, function representation; different types of functions including linear, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, polynomial and rational functions; function algebra; composition of functions; inverse of functions; transformations; modelling with functions; rates of change; introduction to differentiation and integration, including techniques and applications.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe the properties of elementary functions by means of tables, graphs and mathematical expressions;

  1. Manipulate functions using a range of methods from algebra and calculus;

  1. Apply functions and appropriate mathematical tools to model simple physical systems;

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in using a computer to solve simple mathematical problems;

  1. Communicate mathematical arguments in written form.


Final examination (3 hours): 70%
Assignments and tests: 30%

Workload requirements

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

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


It is recommended that students will have successfully completed either VCE Mathematical Methods 1/2 or VCE Further Mathematics 3/4 or equivalent. Students without one of these may need to undertake additional private study beyond the normal workload requirements.


ENG1090, ENG1091, MTH1049, MTH1020, MTH1030, MTH1035 and MTH1040. Note that MTH1010 can only be completed prior to MTH1020 and MTH1030/MTH1035 or equivalent. Students who have achieved a study score of at least 25 in VCE Mathematical Methods units 3/4 (or equivalent) are not permitted to enrol in MTH1010.