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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

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

FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedGippsland First semester 2010 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr John Arkinstall


Topics covered include the following. Calculus: functions; review of differentiation with applications including approximations, the finding of local extreme points, rate problems and curve sketching; definite integration with application to areas, volumes and centres of mass; systematic indefinite integration; elementary differential equations (as far as first-order separable) with applications. Linear algebra; algebra of matrices; homogeneous linear transformations; determinants; matrix inversion; vectors in three-dimensional space - scalar and vector products and applications in geometry and statics and dynamics.


The student is expected to demonstrate an understanding of the basic computational techniques of calculus; understand sufficient of the conceptual basis of calculus to be able to apply it to derive formulations of scientific and engineering problems; demonstrate facility in computations involving matrices, determinants and vectors in three-dimensional space; demonstrate an understanding of the use of matrices in representing transformations and of the geometric interpretation and uses of vector algebra.


Assignments (and a class test for on-campus students): 30%
Examination (3 hours): 70%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Andrew Percy

Contact hours

Three hours of lectures and two hours of tutorials per week


VCE Mathematical methods 3 and 4 is recommended or MTH1049. Students without this should consult with the unit adviser before enrolling.


MTH1020, MAT1055