• Class Number 3160
  • Term Code 3130
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • AsPr Bryan Wang
    • AsPr Bryan Wang
    • Dr Joan Licata
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/02/2021
  • Class End Date 28/05/2021
  • Census Date 31/03/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
SELT Survey Results

This course continues on from MATH1013. It emphasises an understanding of the fundamental results from calculus and linear algebra which both can be applied across a range of fields including the physical and biological sciences, engineering and information technologies, economics and commerce, and can also serve as a base for future mathematics courses. Many applications and connections with other fields will be discussed although not developed in detail.

Topics to be covered include:

Calculus - Integration and techniques of integration, including multiple and iterated integrals. Sequences and series. Functions of several variables - visualisation, continuity, partial derivatives, and directional derivatives. Lagrange multipliers.

Linear Algebra - theory and application of Euclidean vector spaces. Vector spaces: linear independence, bases and dimension; eigenvalues and eigenvectors; orthogonality and least squares.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Explain the fundamental concepts of calculus and linear algebra and their role in modern mathematics and applied contexts. These concepts include vector spaces, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, orthogonality and least squares in linear algebra; and integration, sequences and series, functions of several variables, and partial differential equations in calculus.
  2. Demonstrate accurate and efficient use of calculus and linear algebra techniques as they relate to the concepts listed above.
  3. Demonstrate capacity for mathematical reasoning through explaining concepts from calculus and linear algebra.
  4. Apply problem-solving using calculus and linear algebra techniques applied to diverse situations in physics, engineering and other mathematical contexts.

Examination Material or equipment

Note sheets will be supplied for the examinations; no outside materials are permitted (except an unmarked English-to-foreign-language dictionary).

Required Resources

(1) Essential Calculus (second edition) by James Stewart.

(2) Linear Algebra and its Applications (fourth or fifth edition) by David Lay.

Recommended student system requirements 

ANU courses commonly use a number of online resources and activities including:

  • video material, similar to YouTube, for lectures and other instruction
  • two-way video conferencing for interactive learning
  • email and other messaging tools for communication
  • interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities
  • print and photo/scan for handwritten work
  • home-based assessment.

To fully participate in ANU learning, students need:

  • A computer or laptop. Mobile devices may work well but in some situations a computer/laptop may be more appropriate.
  • Webcam
  • Speakers and a microphone (e.g. headset)
  • Reliable, stable internet connection. Broadband recommended. If using a mobile network or wi-fi then check performance is adequate.
  • Suitable location with minimal interruptions and adequate privacy for classes and assessments.
  • Printing, and photo/scanning equipment

For more information please see https://www.anu.edu.au/students/systems/recommended-student-system-requirements

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • sample solutions
  • verbal comments

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Please note that the timing of the class content is subject to variation.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Improper integrals; 3-dimensional geometry Lecture exercises due at the end of Week 1, and weekly henceforth.
2 Sequences and series; 3-dimensional geometry First WebAssign Learning Quiz due at the end of Week 2, and weekly henceforth.
3 Sequences and series; abstract vector spaces Workshops begin. First WebAssign Ongoing Assessment Quiz due, and weekly henceforth.
4 Power series, Taylor series series; coordinate systems and dimension
5 Parametric curves; coordinate systems and dimension
6 Polar coordinates; Markov chains Workshop 4 OR Mid-semester exam in either Week 6 or Week 7
7 Arc length; functions of several variables; eigenvectors and eigenvalues Workshop 4 OR Mid-semester exam in either Week 6 or Week 7
8 Partial derivatives; tangent planes; linear approximations; matrix of a linear transformation
9 Chain Rule; diretional derivatives and gradients; discrete dynamical systems
10 Maximum and minimum values; Lagrange multipliers; inner products
11 Double integrals; orthogonal projection
12 Double integrals in polar coordinates; QR factorisation and least squares

Tutorial Registration

Workshops will begin in Week 3. See Wattle for registration.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
WebAssign Learning Quizzes 10 % * * 1,2,3
Workshops: engagement and cooperative problems 5 % * * 1,2,3,4
Ongoing Assessment Quizzes 10 % * * 1,2,3
Mid-semester exam 25 % 29/03/2021 23/04/2021 1,2,3
Final Exam 40 % 03/06/2021 01/07/2021 1,2,3,4
Lecture exercises 5 % * * 1,2,3,4
Written Assignments 5 % * * 1,2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


We believe that discussing mathematics is one of the best ways to master the material. Students are expected to engage actively and respectfully in cooperative problem-solving during the workshops and laboratories. Students are strongly encouraged to attend lectures and ask questions!

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

WebAssign Learning Quizzes

There will be a weekly online quiz through the WebAssign platform covering recent topics from the linear algebra and calculus topics. Students enrolled in the class will receive WebAssign account during Week 1 and information will be posted on Wattle. The lowest two WebAssign scores will be dropped when calculating a student's overall WebAssign mark. Further details can be found on the course Wattle site.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 5 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Workshops: engagement and cooperative problems

Weekly Zoom workshops led by demonstrators offer students a chance to work cooperatively on problems related to the class material. Workshop registration will be available on Wattle, and students should attend their scheduled workshop each week. Students are required to log in via their ANU Zoom accounts and activate their video, unless prior arrangement has been made with the lecturers. 

Attending workshops is one of the most important class activities, as they represent one of the best opportunities to learn the material. Worksheets will be posted on Wattle by the Friday of the week preceding the workshop. 

Each workshop will have a one-question mini-quiz to evaluate engagement with the problems. Demonstrators will announce the mini-quiz during the workshop, and students will receive credit for any answer submitted via the chat function during the session. Students may miss up to two workshops without penalty. Please contact the lecturers about missing workshops only if you are unable to attend more than two workshops due to serious illness or family situation. If you miss your regular workshop in a particular week and would like to attend another, please introduce yourself to the demonstrator as a guest to ensure that your participation is counted.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Ongoing Assessment Quizzes

Each week students are required to take a 2-question WebAssign quiz that covers the content of the previous week's Learning Quiz. The point of these quizzes is to solidify mastery of past material in order to ensure success in a course where the material relies substantially on past topics. The Ongoing Assessment Quiz will not allow multiple attempts.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 29/03/2021
Return of Assessment: 23/04/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Mid-semester exam

The mid-semester exam will evaluate students' understanding of course material covered in the first half of the class. The precise extent of assessable material will be announced on Wattle once the mid-semester exam is scheduled. Taking the mid-semester exam is a hurdle requirement for the course, unless specifically arranged otherwise. Students who do not take the mid-semester examination will receive an NCN in the class.

Please check the ANU Examination Timetable once the mid-semester exam timetable has been finalised, at http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/examination-timetable to confirm the date, time and location of the mid-semester exam.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 03/06/2021
Return of Assessment: 01/07/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Final Exam

The final exam will be a cumulative assessment of the material covered in the entire course, although the emphasis will be on material not yet assessed. To pass the course, students must score at least a 35% in each of the linear algebra and calculus portions of the exam. Students who earn a passing mark but do not meet these hurdles will be offered a supplementary exam. For a student who is offered a supplementary exam because of not meeting a hurdle, if the hurdles are passed on the supplementary exam then a grade of 50PS awarded; if not, an NCN grade is awarded.

Please check the ANU Examination Timetable once the end of semester exam timetable has been finalised, at http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/examination-timetable to confirm the date, time and location of the final exam.

Assessment Task 6

Value: 5 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Lecture exercises

Students are expected to watch the lectures and complete the associated assignments. These are posted on Wattle and may be attempted multiple times.

Assessment Task 7

Value: 5 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Written Assignments

Three times during the semester, students will be required to write up solutions to problems discussed in the workshops. Students are encouraged to consult collaboratively on their solutions, but the submitted assignment must be produced independently. This assessment task helps develop the skill of clearly communicating mathematics in writing and reinforces the topics covered in the workshops.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of any assignment (note: this is not required for WebAssign quizzes, and no other homework assignments are planned for MATH1014 in Semester 1, 2021). If an assignment submission is required, please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

WebAssign quizzes offer immediate feedback in the form of correct answers, and sample solutions for some of the questions are available after the submission date. Written records of the marks should be saved until they have been confirmed on Wattle.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

AsPr Bryan Wang

Research Interests

Geometry and mathematical physics

AsPr Bryan Wang

AsPr Bryan Wang

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AsPr Bryan Wang

Dr Joan Licata

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Dr Joan Licata

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