MATH1241 is a Level I Mathematics course; it is the continuation of MATH1141.

Units of credit: 6

Prerequisite: MATH1131(CR) or MATH1141 (CR) or DPST1013 (CR)

Exclusions: DPST1014, MATH1031, MATH1231, MATH1251

Cycle of offering: Terms 1 & 2  (NB: cancelled offering for Term 1 2019 only)

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

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This outline contains information about course objectives, assessment, course materials and the syllabus.

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

MATH1241 is an extension of MATH1231 Mathematics 1A. 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.

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Course description

Although MATH1241 contains an introduction to the Theory of Statistics, it is primarily concerned with the study of two broad areas: Linear Algegra 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 funcational laws of physics, chemistry, biology and economics can be formulated as differential equations, and series are needed to evaluate functions. For example, how does an electronic calculator, evaluate sin2 or log3?