MATH1231 is a Level I Mathematics course; it is the continuation of MATH1131. See the course overview below.

**Prerequisite:** MATH1131 or MATH1141.

**Exclusions:** MATH1021, MATH1031, MATH1241, MATH1251, ECON1202, ECON2291.

**Cycle of offering**: Yearly in Semester 2 and in Summer Session.

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

**More information:** The Course Outline should be referred to for information about course objectives, assessment, course materials and the syllabus.

The Online Handbook entry contains up-to-date timetabling information, which can also be found in the MATH1231 Summer Session Timetable (PDF).

MATH1131 and MATH1231 (alternatively MATH1141 and MATH1241) are recommended courses for Mathematics and Statistics majors and are prerequisites for many Level II and III courses.

If you are currently enrolled in MATH1231, you can log into the UNSW Moodle instance of this course.

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

#### Course Overview

Although MATH1231 contains an introduction to the Theory of Statistics, it is primarily concerned with the study of two broad areas: Linear Algebra and Calculus.

Linear algebra is that branch of mathematics concerned with the study of vector spaces, or linear spaces, and linear transformations. Problems in mathematics that exhibit linearity are most likely to be solved, and do not exhibit the chaotic behaviour of non-linear problems.

The Calculus strand studies topics such as differential equations and series. Many of the fundamental laws of physics, chemistry, biology and economics can be formulated as differential equations, and series are needed for example, to evaluate functions. How does an electronic calculator evaluate sin2 or log3?