EMTH119-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020

Engineering Mathematics 1B

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020


A continuation of EMTH118. Topics covered include methods and Engineering applications of calculus, differential equations, and linear algebra, along with an introduction to probability. This course is a prerequisite for many courses in engineering mathematics and other subjects at 200 level.

EMTH119 consolidates concepts from EMTH118 and introduces more advanced ideas in calculus and linear algebra. It includes applications of this mathematics to applied and engineering problems.
It also incorporates some study of probability. It is a prerequisite for many courses in engineering mathematics and other subjects at the  200-level.

First-order ordinary differential equations with applications. Review of complex numbers. Second-order ordinary differential equations with applications.
Introduction to convergence of sequences and series. Applications of differentiation to approximation. Approximation by Taylor polynomials. Landau’s notation and order of magnitude.
Determinants, eigenvalues and eigenvectors.
Probability. Sets and probability. Discrete random variables. Continuous random variables. Expectation, mean, and variance.
Techniques and applications of integration. Integration of rational functions. Arc length. Improper integrals.
Multivariate differentiation and classification of critical points.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students who have succeeded in this course will be able to
  • use calculus, algebra or probability to
      - evaluate integrals arising in mathematics and engineering
      - solve first and second order differential equations
      - find Taylor approximations to functions
      - calculate mean and variance of random variables and solve probability problems arising in engineering applications
      - calculate determinants, eigenvalues and eigenvectors
      - investigate the geometry of multivariable functions and classify critical points
  • demonstrate understanding of the mathematical topics in the course by
      - giving definitions of fundamental concepts
      - competent manipulation of functions, matrices, random variables and complex numbers
      - choosing effective solution techniques for given problems
      - verifying correctness of mathematical calculations
  • describe and interpret the meaning of mathematical solutions to engineering problems (particularly differential equations and random variables)
  • synthesise material from different sections of course (for example, using integration techniques and limit evaluation to solve differential equation or probability problems)



MATH103, MATH109, MATH199

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Rua Murray

Course Administrator

Phillipa Gourdie


Phillipa Gourdie , Ngin-Tee Koh and Michael Langton

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended reading:
Stewart, James: Calculus Early Transcendentals. 8th edition. ISBN: 9781305272378

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $975.00

International fee $5,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Mathematics and Statistics .

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