MATH4033 Advanced Topics in Pure Mathematics

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Mathematics and Statistics [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
This unit covers topics from either combinatorics or analysis, typically alternating from year to year depending on student background and needs and lecturer availability. Topics from combinatorics may include graph theory, algebraic combinatorics, and finite geometry. These may include structural theory of graphs, matroid theory, Cayley graphs, highly symmetrical graphs, symmetrical block designs, projective geometry, projective planes, and generalised polygons. Topics from analysis and algebraic topology may include the contraction mapping principle, elements of linear analysis and spectral theory, unique solvability of ordinary differential equations, inverse and implicit function theorem, critical points and regular values, winding numbers, simplicial or singular homology, differential forms, integration on manifolds and de Rham cohomology.
Students are able to (1) develop mathematical intuitions and the ability to articulate these intuitions within a formalism at an appropriate level; (2) prove results about mathematical structures and construct examples demonstrating key concepts; and (3) demonstrate a deep understanding of the structures and techniques involved in proving the main results in the field.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) mid-semester test; and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Michael Giudici
Unit rules
MATH2031 Introduction to Pure Mathematics
Contact hours
3 hours per week
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  • 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. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. 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. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.