MATH240-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

Analysis and Groups

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


The course comprises two very different subjects, analysis and groups, both fundamental to mathematics and requiring mathematically rigorous thinking. It gives a deeper understanding of the real number system and limits, and an introduction to the methods of abstract algebra via the study of symmetries and permutations.

We will begin with Analysis in Term 3 and follow with Group Theory in Term 4.

While the contents of this course are drawn from Analysis and Algebra, the course goals are to develop mathematical thinking, rigour and the construction of clear and precise mathematical arguments that communicate your thinking to others. You will learn about the role that axiomatic, abstract theory plays in mathematics by working with the concepts and actually doing mathematics!

We will help you to develop your mathematical thinking via

• the concepts, explanations, examples and proofs in lectures; and
• the problems that we ask you to do on your own; and
• collaboration with peers; and
• feedback on your work.

Syllabus / topics covered

Analysis: Properties of the real numbers; Convergence and divergence of sequences; Limits and continuity; The Intermediate and Extreme Value Theorems; Series and power series. Differentiation and Taylor’s Theorem (as time permits).

Group theory: Groups and symmetry; Subgroups; Permutations; Cyclic, Dihedral and Matrix groups; Isomorphisms; Lagrange's Theorem; Fermat's Little Theorem.

Learning Outcomes

  • Upon successful completion of the course, students will:

  • understand a range of topics in real analysis and group theory;
  • be able to formulate formal mathematical arguments and proofs;
  • be able to work with both concrete examples and more abstract, axiomatic theory;
  • appreciate the wider relevance of the topics covered.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.



MATH222, MATH243

Course Coordinator

Rua Murray


Felipe Voloch

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $824.00

International fee $4,750.00

* 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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