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Mathematics 1A XPD127



The applicability of calculus and linear algebra is so broad that fluency in it is essential for a successful career in a variety of areas including science and engineering. This unit is devoted to the conceptual and logical development of these two main areas of mathematics, gradually building the tools for solving innumerable problems of great practicle importance. In calculus part of the unit, a brief look at the Real Number System and their properties will lead us to the study of Functions in general and the study of special functions such as trogonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions. The notion of limits will be utilised to define continuity and differentiability of functions, emphasising the importance of understanding the material conceptually and graphically. This area will also help establish the technical skills necessary to solve problems arising in practical situations. One highlight of the unit will be the discussion of the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, which unifies differential and integral calculus. The concept of Complex Numbers will also be introduced together with their fundamental operations, basic knowledge of which is essential for the units involved in Real and Complex Analysis and Differential equations. An introduction to two and three dimensional vector spaces will be an essential part of the unit as the knowledge in that area is vital, particularly for studies in engineering and physics. If time permits, systems of linear equations and introduction to matrices is a potential chapter under Linear Algebra.


Unit name Mathematics 1A
Unit code XPD127
Credit points 12.5
College/School Academic Division
Discipline University Pathways
Coordinator Mr Damien Palmer
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By Third Party (UP Education)
Level Introductory


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International
Hobart Summer school (early) On-Campus International


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Summer school (early) 8/11/2021 1/1/2022 2/1/2022 20/2/2022
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate a coherent understanding of the mathematics at first year undergraduate level by acquiring the ability to construct logical, clearly presented and justified arguments incorporating deductive reasoning
  • Exhibit depth and breadth of knowledge of the principles and concepts in this area of mathematics;
  • Demonstrate strength of inquiry and problem solving capabilities through formulating and modelling practical and abstract problems arising in this level of mathematics, and interpreting results critically;
  • Develop communication skills to present mathematical information using logical reasoning;
  • Demonstrate responsibility of learning
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010101 $498.00 $498.00 not applicable $2,402.00

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AssessmentWeekly Assignments - Take Home Assignment (10%)|Weekly Assignments - Online Quiz (10%)|Examination (60%)|Weekly Assignments (20%)
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