MATHS 1011 - Mathematics IA

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2018

This course, together with MATHS 1012 Mathematics IB, provides an introduction to the basic concepts and techniques of calculus and linear algebra, emphasising their inter-relationships and applications to engineering, the sciences and financial areas, introduces students to the use of computers in mathematics, and develops problem solving skills with both theoretical and practical problems. Topics covered are: Calculus: Functions of one variable, differentiation and its applications, the definite integral, techniques of integration. Algebra: Systems of linear equations, subspaces, matrices, optimisation, determinants, applications of linear algebra.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MATHS 1011
    Course Mathematics IA
    Coordinating Unit Mathematical Sciences
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 5 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least a C- in both SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Methods (formerly Mathematical Studies) and SACE Stage 2 Specialist Mathematics; or a 3 in International Baccalaureate Mathematics HL; or MATHS 1013.
    Incompatible ECON 1005, ECON 1010, MATHS 1009, MATHS 1010
    Assumed Knowledge At least B in both SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Methods (formerly Mathematical Studies) and SACE Stage 2 Specialist Mathematics. Students who have not achieved this standard are strongly advised to take MATHS 1013 before attempting MATHS 1011.
    Assessment ongoing assessment 30%, exam 70%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Adrian Koerber

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
    1. Demonstrate understanding of and proficiency with basic concepts in linear algebra: systems of linear equations, subspaces, matrices, optimisation, determinants.
    2. Demonstrate understanding of and proficiency with basic concepts in calculus: functions of one variable, differentiation and its applications, the definite integral, techniques of integration.
    3. Employ methods related to these concepts in a variety of applications.
    4. Apply logical thinking to problem-solving in context.
    5. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of proof in mathematics.
    6. Demonstrate skills in writing mathematics.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    A set of Course Notes should be purchased from the Online Shop and picked up from the Image and Copy centre, Level 1 in the Hughes Building. Alternatively these will be available as a pdf on the MyUni site for this course. (More specific details will be provided on MyUni.)
    Recommended Resources
    1. Poole, D., Linear Algebra: a Modern Introduction 4th edition (Cengage Learning)
    2. Stewart, J., Calculus 8th edition (metric version) (Cengage Learning)
    While it is not compulsory to buy the texts, they are recommended, especially for students who want extra support in this course. Copies of these text books may be purchased from the Co-op bookshop on campus or from the publisher and electronic versions are also available for purchase from the publisher. Copies of both books are available in the Barr Smith Library for short term borrowing and reference. These are also the textbooks for MATHS 1012 Mathematics IB.
    Online Learning

    This course uses MyUni extensively and exclusively for providing electronic resources, such as lecture notes, assignment and tutorial questions, and worked solutions. Students should make appropriate use of these resources. MyUni can be accessed here:

    This course also makes use of online assessment software for mathematics called Maple TA, which we use to provide students with instantaneous formative feedback. Further details about using Maple TA will be provided on MyUni.

    Students are also reminded that they need to check their University email on a daily basis. Sometimes important and time-critical information might be sent by email and students are expected to have read it. Any problems with accessing or managing student email accounts should be directed to Technology Services.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course relies on lectures to guide students through the material, tutorial classes to provide students with small group and individual assistance, and a sequence of written and online assignments to provide formative assessment opportunities for students to practise techniques and develop their understanding of the course.

    For additional support we also run a drop-in service called First Year Maths Help on the ground floor of Ingkarni Wardli. This is staffed with tutors Monday to Friday 10am-4pm. Just drop in whenever!

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Activity Quantity   Workload hours
    Lectures 48 84
    Tutorials 11 11
    Assignments 11 55
    Mid Semester Test 1 6
    Total 156
    Learning Activities Summary
    In Mathematics IA the two topics of algebra and calculus detailed below are taught in parallel, with two lectures a week on each. The tutorials are a combination of algebra and calculus topics, pertaining to the previous week's lectures.

    Lecture Outline


    • Linear systems and Gauss-Jordan elimination (5 lectures)
      • Systems of linear equations and elementary operations
      • Reduced row echelon form
      • The three possible outcomes of Gauss-Jordan elimination
      • Applications
    • Spanning sets and linearly independent sets (4 lectures)
      • Linear combinations of vectors
      • Homogeneous linear systems
      • Linearly independent sets of vectors
      • Subspaces and bases
    • Matrix algebra (5 lectures)
      • Addition of matrices
      • Multiplication of matrices
      • Applications
      • Elementary matrices
      • The inverse of a matrix
    • Optimisation (6 lectures)
      • Introduction, definitions
      • Convex sets and vertices
      • The method of slack variables
    • Determinants (3 lectures)
      • Definition of the determinant
      • Determinants and elementary row operations


    • Functions (5 lectures)
      • Definition, domain and range. Examples of functions.
      • Inverses, inverse trigonometric functions.
      • Zeros of functions.
      • Limits, continuity.
      • Interval bisection method.
    • Differentiation and its applications (7 lectures)
      • Definition, interpretation, concavity.
      • Rules for differentiation (product, quotient, chain).
      • Implicit differentiation, derivatives of inverses.
      • Related rates.
      • Maxima and minima of functions and applications
    • Integration (10 lectures)
      • Summation notation, definition of definite integral.
      • Antiderivatives and The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.
      • Techniques of integration: substitution, parts, partial fractions.
      • Applications.
      • Improper integrals.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcomes
    Written Assignments Formative 7.5% all
    MapleTA Assignments Formative 7.5% all
    Tutorial Participation Formative 5% all
    Mid Semester Test Summative and Formative 10% 1,2,3,4
    Exam Summative 70% 1,2,3,4,5,6
    Assessment Related Requirements
    An aggregate score of 50% is required to pass the course. Furthermore students must achieve at least 45% on the final examination to pass the course.
    Assessment Detail

    Written assignments are due every fortnight, the first is released in Week 1 and due in Week 3.

    Maple TA (online) assignments are due every week, the first is released in Week 1 and due in Week 3.

    Tutorials are weekly beginning in Week 2.

    The Mid Semester Test occurs in your enrolled computer lab in Week 6.

    Precise details of all of these will be provided on the MyUni site for this course.

    1. All written assignments are to be e-submitted following the instructions on MyUni.
    2. Late assignments will not be accepted without a medical certificate.
    3. Written assignments will have a one week turn-around time for feedback to students.
    4. Online Maple TA assignments provide instantaneous feedback to students.
    See MyUni for more comprehensive details regarding assignment submission, our late policy etc.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

    Replacement and Additional Assessment Examinations (R/AA Exams)

    Students are encouraged to read the University's R/AA exam information on the University’s Examinations webpage here:
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