MTH2140 - Real analysis - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Mathematical Sciences


Dr Jerome Droniou

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


An introduction to real analysis with a special focus on sequences of real numbers and functions. Topics covered include properties of real numbers (infima/suprema and the axiom of completeness), sequences and series of real numbers (order limit theorem, Cauchy sequences and completeness, compactness), properties of functions over the reals (intermediate value theorem, mean value theorem), sequences and series of functions (pointwise and uniform convergence, the Weierstrass M-test, continuity and differentiability of the limit). Emphasis will be on rigorous mathematical proof and examples will be provided to show how intuition can be misleading.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Appreciate and develop mathematical proofs and the use of rigorous mathematical arguments;
  2. Appreciate the rich mathematical structure of the real numbers;
  3. Understand the basic concepts of analysis including limits of sequences and series (of real numbers or functions), properties of functions over the reals;
  4. Appreciate the applicability of mathematical ideas to other areas of science;
  5. Identify areas of mathematics where the intuition is unreliable.


Examination (3 hours): 70% + Assignments: 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



MTH2111, MTH3111, MTH3140