This unit (VEN1201) of study aims to provide a basic understanding of matrix methods, complex numbers, first and second order differential equations (DE's); differentiation of functions of several variables, power series and their application to engineering problems. During workshops, students are encouraged to work in groups where they can apply their knowledge to the solution of mathematical exercises and basic engineering problems. Calculus topics include first order (DE's) and integrating factor, homogenous and nonhomogeneous second order linear DE's, gradient and optimisation of functions of several variables, and application of power series to solving engineering problems.

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VEN1101 - Engineering Mathematics 1

Learning Outcomes

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


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Post-class Quizzes (6 x 2.5%) 15%
Assignment Problem Sets (5%+15%+15%) 35%
Test Tests (20% + 30%) 50%

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