This unit of study aims to provide a basic understanding of matrix methods, first order differential equations, complex numbers and infinite series and their application to engineering problems. Students are encouraged to work in groups in tutorial classes where they can apply their lecture material to the solution of mathematical exercises and basic engineering problems.

Calculus topics include partial derivatives, first order linear differential equations (DE's), separable DE's, integrating factor, first and second order linear DE's in engineering applications. Simple, double and complex roots of auxiliary equations will also be covered.

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NEM1001 - Algebra and Calculus

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Perform further differentiation and integration;  
  2. Apply first and second order differential equations and partial differentiation to engineering related problems;  
  3. Use matrices to solve simultaneous equations;  
  4. Test series for convergence and use MacLaurin method to generate power series;  
  5. Apply statistical techniques to engineering related problems.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Seven Post-Class Quizzes 22.5%
Test Three In-Class Quizzes/Tests 27.5%
Assignment PBL Activity 20%
Examination End-of-Block Examination (90-120 minutes) 30%

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