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MAT1841 - Mathematics for computer science 1

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Information Technology

Leader(s): Clayton - Tom Hall; Malaysia - Tham Weng Kee


Clayton First semester 2009 (Day)
Sunway First semester 2009 (Day)


Linear algebra: vectors and matrices, Matrix algebra with applications to flow problems and Markov chains; matrix inversion methods. Probability and combinatorics: elementary probability theory, random variables, probability distributions, expected value; counting arguments in combinatorics; statistics for Experimental Design. Calculus: Partial differentiation, finding maximum and minimum of functions of several variables and constructing Taylor series expansions.


On completion of this unit students will have a working knowledge and an understanding of basic linear algebra, elementary probability theory, the basic principles of experimental design, counting principles in combinatorics and basic calculus that are used in computer science. Students will have gained the skills to manipulate matrices, design simple quantitative experiments, differentiate functions and find local maxima and local minima of functions of several variables, and construct Taylor series for functions.


Examination (3 hours): 70%
Assignments: 30%

Contact hours

Three x 1hr lectures/week, one x 1hr support/week


VCE Mathematical Methods units 3 and 4


GAS1601, GAS1613, GAS1614, GAS1631 or GAS1641, MAT1097 and MAT1055

Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at:

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