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Unit of study_

MATH2061: Linear Mathematics and Vector Calculus

This unit starts with an investigation of linearity: linear functions, general principles relating to the solution sets of homogeneous and inhomogeneous linear equations (including differential equations), linear independence and the dimension of a linear space. The study of eigenvalues and eigenvectors, begun in junior level linear algebra, is extended and developed. The unit then moves on to topics from vector calculus, including vector-valued functions (parametrised curves and surfaces; vector fields; div, grad and curl; gradient fields and potential functions), line integrals (arc length; work; path-independent integrals and conservative fields; flux across a curve), iterated integrals (double and triple integrals; polar, cylindrical and spherical coordinates; areas, volumes and mass; Green's Theorem), flux integrals (flow through a surface; flux integrals through a surface defined by a function of two variables, though cylinders, spheres and parametrised surfaces), Gauss' Divergence Theorem and Stokes' Theorem.

Code MATH2061
Academic unit Mathematics and Statistics Academic Operations
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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(MATH1X21 or MATH1011 or MATH1931 or MATH1X01 or MATH1906) and (MATH1014 or MATH1X02) and (MATH1X23 or MATH1933 or MATH1X03 or MATH1907)
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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MATH2961 or MATH2067 or MATH2021 or MATH2921 or MATH2022 or MATH2922

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

  • LO1. solve a system of linear equations
  • LO2. apply the subspace test in several different vector spaces
  • LO3. calculate the span of a given set of vectors in various vector spaces
  • LO4. test sets of vectors for linear independence and dependence
  • LO5. find bases of vector spaces and subspaces
  • LO6. find a polynomial of minimum degree that fits a set of points exactly
  • LO7. find bases of the fundamental subspaces of a matrix
  • LO8. test whether an n × n matrix is diagonalisable, and if it is find its diagonal form
  • LO9. apply diagonalisation to solve recurrence relations and systems of DEs
  • LO10. extended (from first year) their knowledge of vectors in two and three dimensions, and of functions of several variables
  • LO11. evaluate certain line integrals, double integrals, surface integrals and triple integrals
  • LO12. evaluate certain line integrals, double integrals, surface integrals and triple integrals
  • LO13. understand the physical and geometrical significance of these integrals
  • LO14. know how to use the important theorems of Green, Gauss and Stokes.

Unit outlines

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