Faculty of Engineering

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 Engineering
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Malaysia First semester 2015 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Malaysia Second semester 2015 (Day)
Malaysia October intake 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Leo Brewin (Clayton); Associate Professor Lan Boon Leong (Malaysia);


Vector algebra and geometry: equations of lines and planes. Linear algebra: matrix operations, systems of linear equations, eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Calculus: logarithmic differentiation, improper integrals, integration by parts. Sequences and series: convergence, power series, Taylor polynomials. Ordinary differential equations: first order, second order with constant coefficients, boundary value problems, systems of ODEs. Multivariable calculus: partial derivatives, directional derivatives, chain rule, maxima and minima.


On completing this unit, students will be able to calculate cross products of vectors, and use vectors to represent lines and planes; perform matrix algebra; solve systems of linear equations and find eigenvalues and eigenvectors in simple cases; use hyperbolic functions; perform logarithmic differentiation; establish the convergence of improper integrals, and use further techniques of integration, including integration by parts; establish the convergence of numeric and power series, construct Taylor series and use Taylor polynomials to approximate functions; solve first order ordinary differential equations, including the techniques of exact integration, separable variables and integrating factor; and systems of ordinary differential equations; solve 2nd order linear differential equations with constant coefficients; set up differential equations with initial or boundary conditions to model simple engineering problems; calculate partial derivatives, use the grad vector to find directional derivatives, use chain rule, calculate small error using the total differential, and find maximum and minimum values of two-variable functions.


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

Workload requirements

3 hours lectures, 2 hours practice classes and 7 hours of private study per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Leo Brewin (Sem 1+2)
Dr Leo Brewin (Malaysia October intake 2015)


VCE Specialist Mathematics (or ENG1090 or equivalent)


ENG1902, MTH1030, MAT1085