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Unit of study_

MATH1021: Calculus Of One Variable

Calculus is a discipline of mathematics that finds profound applications in science, engineering, and economics. This unit investigates differential calculus and integral calculus of one variable and the diverse applications of this theory. Emphasis is given both to the theoretical and foundational aspects of the subject, as well as developing the valuable skill of applying the mathematical theory to solve practical problems. Topics covered in this unit of study include complex numbers, functions of a single variable, limits and continuity, differentiation, optimisation, Taylor polynomials, Taylor's Theorem, Taylor series, Riemann sums, and Riemann integrals. Students are strongly recommended to complete MATH1021 of MATH1921 before commencing MATH1023 or MATH1923.

Code MATH1021
Academic unit Mathematics and Statistics Academic Operations
Credit points 3
MATH1011 or MATH1901 or MATH1906 or ENVX1001 or MATH1001 or MATH1921 or MATH1931
Assumed knowledge:
HSC Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. apply mathematical logic and rigour to solve problems
  • LO2. read and write basic set notation
  • LO3. demonstrate competency in arithmetic operations with complex numbers in Cartesian, polar, and exponential form
  • LO4. use de Moivre’s theorem to find powers and roots of complex numbers
  • LO5. solve simple polynomial equations involving complex numbers
  • LO6. apply an intuitive understanding of a limit and knowledge of basic limit laws to calculate the limits of functions
  • LO7. use the differential of a function to calculate critical points and apply them to optimise functions of one variable
  • LO8. find inverse functions
  • LO9. use L’Hopital’s rule to find limits of indeterminate forms
  • LO10. find Taylor polynomials and the Taylor series expansion of a function
  • LO11. approximate definite integrals by finite sums and vice versa
  • LO12. express areas, and volumes of revolution, as definite integrals
  • LO13. apply standard integration techniques to find anti-derivatives and definite integrals
  • LO14. determine properties of a function defined by an integral using the graph of its integrand
  • LO15. express mathematical ideas and arguments coherently in written form.

Unit outlines

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