Module Identifier MA11010  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr T McDonough  
Semester Semester 2  
Pre-Requisite MA10020  
Course delivery Lecture   20 x 1 hour lectures  
  Seminars / Tutorials   5 x 1 hour tutorials  
  Other   Workshop. 2 x 1 hour workshops (including test)  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours (written examination)  75%
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment:  25%
Supplementary Assessment2 Hours (written examination)  100%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, a student should be able to:

Brief description

The aim of this module is to study situations in which functions of several variables arise naturally in Mathematics. Linear functions lead to techniques for the solution of linear equations and elementary matrix theory. Non-linear functions lead to a study of partial derivatives and multiple integrals.


To establish a clear understanding of the techniques for studying functions of several variables and a facility for recognising when these techniques may be profitably employed.


1. MATRIX ALGEBRA: Matrix operations (addition, scalar multiplication, matrix multiplication, transposition, inversion). Special types of matrices (zero, identity, diagonal, triangular, symmetric, skew-symmetric, orthogonal). Row equivalence.
2. LINEAR EQUATIONS: Systems of linear equations. Coefficient matrix, augmented matrix. Elementary row operations. Gaussian and Gauss-Jordan elimination.
3. DETERMINANTS: Properties of determinants. Computation of determinants.
4. PARTIAL DERIVATIVES: Functions of several variables. Partial Derivatives. Differentiability and linearisation. The chain rule. Critical points. Change of variables - the Jacobian.
5. MULTIPLE INTEGRALS: Riemann sums and definite integrals. Double integrals in rectangular coordinates; areas. Substitution in multiple integrals.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
J Stewart (2001) Calculus : concepts and contexts 2/e. Brooks/Cole 0534377181
H Anton & C Rorres (2000) Elementary Linear Algebra: Applications Version 8th. J Wiley 0471170526
** Supplementary Text
R L Finney & G B Thomas (1994) Calculus 2nd. Addison-Wesley 0201549778
T S Blyth & E F Robertson Basic Linear Algebra Springer 3540761225
D.W.Jordan & P.Smith (1994) Mathematical Techniques: an introduction for the engineering, physical and mathematical sciences Oxford University Press 0198562683


This module is at CQFW Level 4