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Introductory Calculus with Applications

Undergraduate | MUR-MAS182 | 2024

Previously MUR-MAS120

Learn how to use maths methods to solve problems in science and technology. Topics include the derivative, complex numbers, and the trigonometric functions. Gain confidence applying maths to engineering, science and economics. 

Study method
100% online
100% online
Enrol by
18 Aug 2024
Entry requirements
Prior study needed
13 weeks
Start dates
27 May 2024,
26 Aug 2024

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Introductory Calculus with Applications

About this subject

  • At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

    1. Use the basic ideas, rules and techniques of differentiation and integration.
    2. Analyse problems and use a range of calculus techniques to solve them.
      1. Apply differential equations to mathematical models of physical and biological phenomena.
      2. Use simple differential equations to describe growth and decay and to solve problems.
      3. Use trigonometric functions in various applications.
    3. Express complex numbers in Cartesian and polar form. Do basic algebra of complex numbers.
    4. Present coherent written solutions to various problems related to the material in the unit.

Entry requirements

Prior study

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

Equivalent subjects

You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MUR-MAS120 (Not currently available)


If you have not completed MAS164 but can show that you have a good background in the subject, you can apply to have this requirement waived via a Unit Validation Request (See link in Description).
Some equivalent pre-requisites to MAS164 are: Year 11 Introduction to Calculus, along with a final scaled score of 55% or more in TEE Applicable Mathematics, OR a final scaled score of 55% or more in ATAR Mathematics Methods or WACE Mathematics (3C/3D).You are strongly advised NOT to enrol in MAS182 & MAS164 at the same time. In order to successfully complete MAS182, you will require the knowledge gained from the successful completion of MAS164.
Murdoch University advises that students who do not successfully complete MAS164 before attempting MAS182 will usually fail MAS182.
Students who did not study mathematics in Year 11 and 12, did not receive good marks, or have not studied mathematics in a long time should enrol in MAS164 before attempting MAS182.
Some equivalent pre-requisites to MAS164 are:
Year 11 Introduction to Calculus, along with a final scaled score of 55% or more in TEE Applicable Mathematics, OR
a final scaled score of 55% or more in ATAR Mathematics Methods or WACE Mathematics (3C/3D).

Additional requirements

No additional requirements

Study load

0.125 EFTSL
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

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