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MATH201 Real Analysis

This paper is an introduction to the basic techniques of real analysis in the familiar context of single-variable calculus.

Analysis is, broadly, the part of mathematics which deals with limiting processes. The main examples students have met in school and first-year university are from calculus, where the derivative and integral are defined using quite different limiting processes. Real analysis specialises to real-valued functions of a real variable. The methods of analysis have been developed over the past two centuries to give mathematicians rigorous methods for deciding whether a formal calculation is correct or not. This paper discusses the basic ideas of analysis. At the end of the semester, students should have a grounding in the methods of analysis which will prove invaluable in later years.

Paper title Real Analysis
Paper code MATH201
Subject Mathematics
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
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MATH 140 or MATH 170
MATH 353
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
MATH 201 is compulsory for the Mathematics major and is of particular relevance, also, for students majoring in Statistics, Physics or any discipline requiring a quantitative analysis of systems and how they change with space and time.
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Paper Structure

This paper will begin by developing an axiomatic description of the real line. We will then use this one-dimensional construction to develop the n dimensional Euclidean spaces and understand their properties. The bulk of this course will be taken up with understanding rigorous definitions of limits in a variety of settings.

Main topics:

  • A review of the real number system
  • The completeness axiom
  • The Euclidean spaces
  • The distance function and open and closed sets
  • Limits of sequences and the algebra of limits
  • Limits of series and the algebra of limits
  • Continuous functions
  • Limits of functions and the algebra of limits
  • Applications of real analysis in one dimensional calculus
Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper are expected to:

  • Understand the formal definition of Euclidean spaces, particularly the real number line and plane
  • Understand the notion of open and closed sets in the Euclidean setting
  • Understand the rigorous definition of convergence for a sequence or series and apply appropriate tools determine whether example sequences/series are convergent
  • Understand the definition of a continuous function and the key properties of such functions
  • Understand convergence of functions both pointwise and uniform

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 09:00-09:50 29-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Thursday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
A2 Thursday 14:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41