Courses & Units

Mathematics 1B KMA154

KMA152 & KMA154 are requisite first year units for majors in Mathematics; Physics; Engineering and are prerequisites for many second year units.


This unit is a continuation of KMA152, with emphasis on the application of single-variable calculus and linear algebra to problems in mathematics, the physical and biological sciences, economics, and engineering. The units KMA152 and KMA154 also provide an excellent introduction to the mathematical rigour required for higher level mathematics based subjects.


Unit name Mathematics 1B
Unit code KMA154
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Mathematics
Coordinator Doctor Michael Brideson
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Introductory


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

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Learning Outcomes

  • solve systems of linear equations using a variety of techniques.
  • utilise properties and techniques of matrix algebra to solve and analyse systems of equations.
  • solve ordinary differential equations of first and second order.
  • apply appropriate techniques to construct and solve definite and indefinite integrals.
  • determine the convergent / divergent nature of sequences and series and compute their limiting behaviour.
  • analyse and plot parametric and polar equations, and compute properties associated with them.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
010101 $515.00 $515.00 not applicable $2,522.00

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KMA152 OR JEE103

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

4x1-hour workshops and 1-hour tutorial weekly. 

AssessmentOnline Quiz (20%)|Final Exam (40%)|Written Assignments (40%)
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Online quizzes are accessible through a Pearson MyLab widget on the KMA154 MyLO homepage. MyLab also provides access to a digital version of the textbooks, which are listed below. This service has been paid for by the Mathematics department. 

  • Thomas’ Calculus, 14th edition, Weir et al. (Pearson Education, 2010).

  • Linear Algebra 2nd Edition. Supplement compiled from Linear Algebra With Applications, 8th edition, Leon (Pearson 2010).


Any modern textbook on single variable calculus will be useful for the majority of this course. Any modern textbook on (introductory) linear algebra will be useful for the topics based on matrix algebra. 

Some examples are:

  • Advanced Engineering Mathematics, 9th edition, E. Kreyszig (Wiley 2006).
  • Calculus, 7e Metric Version, J. Stewart (Brooks-Cole 2012)
  • Linear Algebra for Calculus, K. Heuvers, et al. (Brooks-Cole 1995)
  • Calculus for Scientists and Engineers, Briggs, Cochran, Gillett. (Pearson 2013).

Kreyszig is an excellent reference book covering many topics that you will meet in other units in Mathematics, Physics, and Engineering.

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