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MATH2061: Linear Mathematics and Vector Calculus

Intensive January, 2022 [Block mode] - Remote

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.

Unit details and rules

Academic unit Mathematics and Statistics Academic Operations
Credit points 6
(MATH1X21 or MATH1011 or MATH1931 or MATH1X01 or MATH1906) and (MATH1014 or MATH1X02) and (MATH1X23 or MATH1933 or MATH1X03 or MATH1907)
MATH2961 or MATH2067 or MATH2021 or MATH2921 or MATH2022 or MATH2922
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Daniel Hauer,
Lecturer(s) Brad Roberts,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Assignment 1
written calculus and algebra
5% Week 02
Due date: 23 Jan 2022 at 23:59

Closing date: 30 Jan 2022
7 days
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Online task Quiz 1
written calculus and algebra
15% Week 03
Due date: 24 Jan 2022 at 16:00
40 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Assignment 2
written calculus and algebra
5% Week 04
Due date: 06 Feb 2022 at 23:59

Closing date: 13 Feb 2022
7 days
Outcomes assessed: LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO11 LO12 LO13
Online task Quiz 2
written calculus and algebra
15% Week 05
Due date: 09 Feb 2022 at 16:00
40 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO7 LO14 LO13 LO12 LO11 LO10 LO9 LO8
Final exam (Take-home short release) Type D final exam Final Exam
Written calculation.
60% Week 06
Due date: 14 Feb 2022 at 10:00
2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO11 LO12 LO13 LO14
Type D final exam = Type D final exam ?

Assessment summary

  • Quizzes: Two quizzes will be held online through Canvas. The quizzes are 40 Minutes and held during the given tutorial hour in a Zoom session. The better mark principle will be used for the quizzes so do not submit an application for Special Consideration or Special Arrangements if you miss a quiz. The better mark principle means that for each quiz, the quiz counts if and only if it is better than or equal to your exam mark. If your quiz mark is less than your exam mark, the exam mark will be used for that portion of your assessment instead.
  • Assignments: There are two assignments. Each assignment must be submitted electronically, as one single typeset or scanned PDF file only via the Canvas by the deadline. Note that your assignment will not be marked if it is illegible or if it is submitted sideways or upside down. It is your responsibility to check that your assignment has been submitted correctly and that it is complete (check that you can view each page). Late submissions will receive a penalty. A mark of zero will be awarded for all submissions more than 7 days past the original due date. Further extensions past this time will not be permitted. Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas. The better mark principle does not apply on assignments!
  • Final Exam:  There is one final exam to this unit of study held in week 6. Further information about the exam will be made available at a later date on Canvas.

Detailed information for each assessment will be available on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100

Representing complete or close to complete mastery of the material.


75 - 84

Representing excellence, but substantially less than complete mastery.


65 - 74

Representing a creditable performance that goes beyond routine knowledge and understanding, but less than excellence.


50 - 64

Representing at least routine knowledge and understanding over a spectrum of topics and important ideas and concepts in the course.


0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Linear systems, Gaussian elimination, vector spaces and subspaces Block teaching (3 hr) LO1 LO2
Subspaces, linear combinations, span,linear dependence and independence Block teaching (3 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Linear dependence and independence, span, basis and dimension Block teaching (1 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 02 Linear dependence and independence, span, basis and dimension Block teaching (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5
Basis and dimension, Lagrange interpolation, column space, null space, rank, nullity and linear transformations Block teaching (3 hr) LO5 LO6 LO7
Eigenvalues and eigenvectors, diagonalisation theorem and Leslie population model Block teaching (3 hr) LO8 LO9
Recurrence relations and systems of linear differential equations Block teaching (2 hr) LO9
Week 03 Vector equations of lines and curves (revision), arc length, two types of line integrals and work done by a force Block teaching (3 hr) LO10
Vector fields, grad and curl, normals to surfaces, conservative fields and potential functions Block teaching (3 hr) LO10 LO11
Double integrals, area, volume and mass. Div (divergence of a vector field), green’s theorem and flux across a curve Block teaching (3 hr) LO11 LO12 LO13 LO14
Week 04 Green’s theorem continued., surface area, surface integrals, flux across a surface, polar, cylindrical and spherical coordinates Block teaching (3 hr) LO11 LO12 LO13 LO14
Triple integrals., volume and mass revisited and Gauss’ divergence theorem Block teaching (3 hr) LO11 LO12 LO13 LO14
Triple integrals in cylindrical/spherical coordinates, stokes’ theorem and connections between different types of integrals Block teaching (1 hr) LO11 LO12 LO13 LO14
Triple integrals in cylindrical/spherical coordinates, stokes’ theorem and connections between different types of integrals Block teaching (2 hr) LO11 LO12 LO13 LO14
Revision Block teaching (7 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO11 LO12 LO13 LO14

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

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.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

No changes have been made since this unit was last offered.

Work, health and safety

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General Laboratory Safety Rules

  • No eating or drinking is allowed in any laboratory under any circumstances
  • A laboratory coat and closed-toe shoes are mandatory
  • Follow safety instructions in your manual and posted in laboratories
  • In case of fire, follow instructions posted outside the laboratory door
  • First aid kits, eye wash and fire extinguishers are located in or immediately outside each laboratory
  • As a precautionary measure, it is recommended that you have a current tetanus immunisation. This can be obtained from University Health Service:


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