MATH1231 is a Level I Mathematics course; it is the continuation of MATH1131.

Units of credit: 6

Prerequisite: MATH1131 or MATH1141 or DPST1013.

Equivalent Course: DPST1014

Exclusions: MATH1031, DPST1014, MATH1241, MATH1251

Cycle of offering: Terms 1, 2 & 3 

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

More information:

These recent outlines contain information about course objectives, assessment, course materials and the syllabus. (These PDFs will usually be updated in the first week of the semester.)

The Online Handbook entry contains up-to-date timetabling information.

MATH1131 and MATH1231 (alternatively MATH1141 and MATH1241) are recommended courses for Mathematics and Statistics majors and are prerequisites for many Level II and III courses.

If you are currently enrolled in MATH1231, you can log into UNSW Moodle this course.

For general advice, see advice on choosing first-year courses.

Course description

Although MATH1231 contains an introduction to the Theory of Statistics, it is primarily concerned with the study of two broad areas: Linear Algebra and Calculus.

Linear algebra is that branch of mathematics concerned with the study of vector spaces, or linear spaces, and linear transformations. Problems in mathematics that exhibit linearity are most likely to be solved, and do not exhibit the chaotic behaviour of non-linear problems.

The Calculus strand studies topics such as differential equations and series. Many of the fundamental laws of physics, chemistry, biology and economics can be formulated as differential equations. Series are needed to evaluate functions. For example, how does an electronic calculator evaluate sin2 or log3?