MATH1141 is a Level I Mathematics course. It is intended for students who enjoy maths, and who did well in Mathematics Extension 2 or exceptionally well in HSC Mathematics Extension 1.

Units of credit: 6 

Assumed knowledge: Combined HSC Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 mark over 175.

Exclusions: DPST1013, MATH1011, MATH1031, MATH1131, MATH1151, ECON1202

Cycle of offering: Term 1 & 3 

Graduate attributes: The course will enhance your research, inquiry and analytical thinking abilities.

More information: The course outline contains information about course objectives, assessment, course materials and the syllabus. 

The online handbook entry contains up-to-date timetabling information.

MATH1141 is an extension of MATH1131 Mathematics 1A, and continues in term 2 as MATH1241 Higher Mathematics 1B. MATH1141 and MATH1241 (alternatively MATH1131 and MATH1231) are recommended courses for Mathematics and Statistics majors and are prerequisites for many Level II and III courses.

If you are currently enrolled in MATH1141, you can log into UNSW Moodle for this course.

If you are not sure if MATH1141 is for you, seek advice on choosing first-year courses.

Talented student tutorials

If your combined marks for HSC Mathematics Ext 1 and Ext 2 are greater than 195 out of 200, we encourage you to join our Talented Students tutorials, scheduled on This tutorial is your regular weekly tutorial class.

If you want to join these Talented Students tutorials email the First Year Office - ug.MathsStats@unsw.edu.au with your HSC Mathematics Ext 1 and Ext 2 marks and we will enrol you into MATH1141.

If you have already enrolled in MATH1141 and want to join these Talented Students tutorials, in Term 1 2024 the tutrorial times will be TBA.

Other MATH1141 students interested in this Talented Students group should contact Professor Jie Du, Talented Student Director j.du@unsw.edu.au

Course description

MATH1141 is divided into two broad areas: Algebra and Calculus. 

In Algebra you will study the interplay between algebra and geometry. After a discussion of complex numbers, vector geometry is used to motivate the study of systems of linear equations. Algebraic techniques involving matrices and determinants are then developed to study these problems further. 

In Calculus, you will study continuous and differentiable functions. The emphasis here is on a logical development of the theory of differentiation and integration. The highlight of the course is one of the great discoveries of Science: the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus which links calculation of areas (integration) and rates of change (differentiation). 

A wide variety of disciplines, including the physical sciences, engineering and commerce and economics, make use of the techniques discussed in this course.