MATH2501 Advanced Mathematical Methods

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 complementary unit in the Physics major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • 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
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.
Students are able to (1) understand and employ the fundamental theorems of
multivariable calculus; (2) use the method of separation of variables to solve partial differential equations; (3) understand complex vector spaces, inner product spaces and normed spaces; (4) understand infinite dimensional vector spaces, particularly Hilbert spaces; (5) understand linear operators, in particular Hermitian operators; and (6) understand and identify eigenfunctions of Sturm–Liouville problems.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tests and (2) a final examinationi. 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
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2
MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
MATH3023 Advanced Mathematics Applications
GENG4407 Advanced Engineering Mathematics
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; practical classes: 2 hours per week
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