This paper is divided between algebra and calculus (which can be taken as separate 9 point papers). The algebra component introduces vectors and geometric constructions fundamental to applications in mechanics and computer graphics. Matrices, polynomials, and complex numbers are introduced. The calculus component covers ideas and methods of differential and integral calculus together with key applications and extensions.

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Algebra and calculus provide the
basic tools used to produce most mathematical frameworks for modelling quantifiable
phenomena. For example, to model the movement of an object through space, we first
create an algebraic structure in which to specify where our object is, and then we
study how the position of the object changes with time using calculus. Many problems
arising in areas such as economics or chemistry, for example, can be examined in a
mathematical way using the same basic ideas. We may need to minimise a manufacturing
cost, the time for a chemical reaction to take place or the effects of river pollution.
In each case the techniques used for the minimisation require techniques from both
algebra and calculus theories. This paper aims to develop these techniques for use
in other subjects and for further study of mathematics.

This paper is a
natural continuation of Year 13 mathematics and is divided between algebra and calculus.
The algebra half of MATH 160 focuses on three-dimensional vectors and their many uses
(such as in geometry, computer graphics, surveying and even calculus). The vector
representation of lines, planes and projections leads naturally to the discussion
of linear systems of equations. The basic properties of matrices are studied together
with some applications. Complex numbers and polynomials complete the algebra half
of the paper. The calculus half of MATH 160 introduces the ideas and methods of differentiation
and integration, using an intuitive approach. Applications include optimisation, related
rates, finding areas, solving simple differential equations and an introduction to
partial derivatives.

Paper title | Mathematics 1 |
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Paper code | MATH160 |

Subject | Mathematics |

EFTS | 0.1500 |

Points | 18 points 18 points 18 points |

Teaching period(s) | First Semester, Second Semester, Summer School |

Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) | $868.95 |

International Tuition Fees (NZD) | $3,656.70 |

- Restriction
- FINC 102, FINQ 102, MATH 101, MATH 102, QUAN 102
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music, Science
- Notes
- (i)This paper is recommended for students with MATH151, NCEA Level 3 mathematics, or equivalent. (ii)MATH160 cannot be credited together with MATH103, MATH104, or MATH170 passed previously or concurrently.
- Eligibility
- MATH 160 is intended both for those with a main interest in studying mathematics and/or
statistics and those whose interest in mathematics is mainly to support other areas
of study. These might include the physical, health and biological sciences; computer
and information science; engineering; surveying; architecture; economics and finance;
and philosophy of science. An understanding of basic algebraic, differential and integral
techniques is of benefit to all students exposed to the analysis of processes, whether
involving one or several variables.

MATH 160 is aimed at students who have passed the externally assessed NCEA Calculus papers Apply differentiation methods in solving problems (AS91578) and Apply integration methods in solving problems (AS91579). Other students should see a maths adviser and consider taking MATH 151 first. Students with high achievement (mostly Excellences and Merits) in NCEA Level 3 Calculus should see a maths adviser for consideration of direct entry to MATH 170. - Contact
- maths@otago.ac.nz
- More information link
- View for more information on the Department of Mathematics and Statistics' website
- Teaching staff
- To be advised
- Paper Structure
- Algebra:
- Vectors; linear and planar geometry and applications
- Solving linear systems
- Matrices and applications
- Complex numbers
- Polynomials and their roots

- Functions
- Introduction to calculus
- Techniques of differentiation and integration

- Textbooks
- Algebra:

Course materials will be available on the resource page. Books of MATH 160 Algebra and MATH160 Calculus Outline Notes are available for purchase from the Print Shop.

Calculus recommended text:

Calculus by James Stewart (Truncated edition) (available from the University Book Shop)

If you are planning on taking MATH 170, you should consider getting the full Calculus, metric edition.

Several standard texts are suitable for reference:

Elementary Vector Algebra by A.M. MacBeath

Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry by M.V. Sweet

Calculus with Analytic Geometry by Howard Anton (Wiley)

Calculus by James Stewart (Full edition) - Course outline
- View more information about MATH 160
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Critical thinking.

View more information about Otago's graduate attributes. - Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the central concepts and theories.