MATH1031 Mathematics for Life Sciences

MATH1031 is a Level I Mathematics course intended for students who are following programs of study in such areas as Medical Science, Biological Science, Food Science, Psychology and so forth. Students who study MATH1031 are very restricted in their choice of second year mathematics courses.

See the course overview below.

Units of credit: 6

Assumed knowledge: A level of knowledge equivalent to achieving a mark of at least 60 in HSC Mathematics is assumed; students who have taken HSC General Mathematics will not have achieved this level. Such students are advised to complete an appropriate Bridging Course before the commencement of Semester 1. Otherwise, they are advised to seek the advise of the First Year Director.

Exclusions: MATH1011, MATH1021, MATH1131, MATH1141, MATH1151, MATH1231, MATH1241, MATH1251, ECON1202, ECON2291.

Cycle of offering: Yearly in Semester 1.

Graduate attributes: The course will enhance your research, inquiry and analytical thinking abilities.

More information: This recent course handout (pdf) contains information about course objectives, assessment, course materials and the syllabus. 

The Online Handbook entry contains up-to-date timetabling information.

If you are currently enrolled in MATH1031, you can log into UNSW Moodle for this course.

For general advice, see advice on choosing first-year courses.

Course Overview

This course studies a wide variety of topics in Algebra and Calculus, where the emphasis is on examples from the Life Sciences. Topics in Algebra include matrix equations, systems of linear equations and difference equations whilst differentiation and integration are given prominence in Calculus. A variety of first and second order differential equations are also studied, as are series expansions of the classical functions. Differentiation for functions of more than one variable is introduced.