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Unit Overview


This unit provides students with a foundation in linear algebra, sequences Taylor series, Fourier series, Laplace transforms and ordinary differential equations. It covers essential concepts and techniques required for science, engineering and higher mathematics.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Physics; Frontier Physics; Automation and Robotics Engineering; Biomedical Engineering; Chemical Engineering; Civil Engineering; Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Environmental Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Mining Engineering; Software Engineering; Mathematics; Statistics; Quantum Computing major sequences
  • Level 1 option in the Mathematics major sequence
  • Level 1 elective

Students are able to (1) solve problems using the basics of linear algebra, including the concepts of subspace, linear transformation, determinant and change of basis; (2) determine eigenvalues and eigenvectors; (3) apply the basic theory of sequences and series for determining convergence; (4) approximate periodic functions using Fourier series; (5) solve 1st-order and 2nd-order linear ordinary differential equations; and (6) use Laplace transforms to solve initial value problems.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) ongoing assessments (participation in practical classes and weekly computer assignments); (2) in-semester tests; and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Lyle Noakes (Semester 1) and Dr Des Hill (Semester 2)
Unit rules
Mathematics Specialist ATAR
or MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist or equivalent
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours a week
practical classes: 2 hours per week
computer labs: 1 hour per week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.