UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

MATH2501 Mathematical Methods 3

Credit 6 points
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AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 complementary unit in the Physics major sequence
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Design students
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Science students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 2 additional unit in the Physics second major sequence
  • Level 2 elective
Content This unit follows on from MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1 and MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2. It provides a foundation in some of the more advanced concepts and techniques of mathematics which are required in a number of disciplines, particularly Physics.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) understand and employ the fundamental theorems of multivariable calculus; (2) understand and employ integral transforms, particularly Fourier transforms; (3) understand Green's functions; (4) use the method of separation of variables to solve partial differential equations; (5) understand complex vector spaces, inner product spaces and normed spaces; (6) understand infinite dimensional vector spaces, particularly Hilbert spaces; (7) understand linear operators, in particular Hermitian operators; (8) understand and identify eigenfunctions of Sturm–Liouville problems; and (9) understand spherical harmonics.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) an end-of-semester examination; and (2) three in-semester written tests. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Des Hill
Unit rules
Prerequisites: (MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods) or MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2 or (MATH2209 Calculus and Probability and MATH2020 Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra) or equivalent
Incompatibility: MATH3023 Advanced Mathematics Applications
Contact hours lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 2 hours per week

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