MAS111 Mathematics Core II

Semester 2, 2017/18 20 Credits
Lecturer: Dr Frazer Jarvis uses MOLE Timetable Reading List
Aims Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Full Syllabus

This module aims to extend the material from MAS110. The central aims of this course will be to learn how to interpret the geometry of functions with more than one variable, solve systems of linear equations, and use calculus to understand the graphs of functions with several variables and the volumes that they bound. Material covered will include, but is not limited to, plane and solid geometry, matrix multiplication, linear equations, Gaussian elimination, graphs and level sets of functions with two variables, partial derivatives, volumes, and double integrals.

Prerequisites: MAS110 (Mathematics Core I)

The following modules have this module as a prerequisite:

MAS112Vectors and Mechanics
MAS211Advanced Calculus and Linear Algebra
MAS222Differential Equations

Outline syllabus

  • Basic plane geometry in 2 and 3 dimensions; solution of simultaneous equations, both geometrically as intersections of planes, and algebraically via Gaussian reduction.
  • Matrices: introduction; interpretation as linear maps and the multiplication rule; determinants; eigenvalues and eigenvectors;
  • Functions of two variables and partial differentiation; the Taylor series; tangents and normals; Jacobians.
  • Multivariable calculus: further partial differentiation and the Chain rule; integration as area under a graph; two-dimensional integration; double integrals.


  • To demonstrate techniques for representing lines and conics using co-ordinate geometry.
  • To study systematic ways of solving simultaneous equations.
  • To introduce matrices and matrix arithmetic.
  • To develop students' skills in the solution of problems in matrix algebra and co-ordinate geometry.
  • To introduce the ideas of determinants, eigenvalues and eigenvectors.
  • To introduce series.
  • To introduce the basic techniques of calculus of functions of more than one variable, and to gain expertise in calculating partial derivatives and double integrals, and in using the Chain Rule.

Learning outcomes

  • understand 2- and 3-dimensional geometry;
  • solve linear equations;
  • use matrices and understand them as linear maps;
  • compute determinants and understand them as scaling factors;
  • compute eigenvalues and eigenvectors;
  • differentiate functions of more than one variable, including use of the Chain Rule;
  • evaluate double integrals.

Teaching methods

Lectures, Problem Solving/Example Classes

44 lectures, 11 tutorials


One formal 2 hour exam. All questions compulsory; format varies. (55 marks)

Five quizzes in the Problems Classes/Practicals. (5 marks)

Full syllabus

1. Geometry in two and three dimensions
Coordinate systems in two and three dimensions. Lines in two dimensions, and basic properties. Spherical and cylindrical polar coordinates in three dimensions; planes and their intersections.

2. Simultaneous equations
Solving simultaneous equations in three variables. Gaussian and complete reduction. Row echelon form and reduced row echelon form. Linear independence and criteria for systems to have a unique solution.
3. Matrices
2×2 matrices as linear maps from R2R2, multiplication of matrices as the composition of maps. Specific examples of matrices like rotations. 3x3 matrices. General matrix notation, addition and multiplication of matrices, matrices as linear maps RnRm, inverse/identity matrices, isomorphisms. Elementary matrices/maps, solving systems of linear equations by Gaussian elimination, finding the inverse of a matrix using row operations.
4. Determinants
Determinants of 2x2 and 3x3 matrices. The determinant of a 2x2 matrix as an oriented area, and of a 3x3 matrix as an oriented volume. n×n determinants. The determinant of an n×n matrix, properties of the determinant like det(AB)=det(A)det(B), row operations etc.
5. Eigenvalues and eigenvectors
Eigenvalues and eigenvectors and geometric interpretation. Applications. Coupled differential equations.
6. Functions of two variables and partial differentiation
Functions f:R2R, their graphs, level sets. Intersection of graphs with planes, partial derivatives, directional derivatives and graphical interpretation. Loci of planes, spheres, cones, ellipsoids, other simple objects. Normal vectors, tangent planes. Higher partial derivatives, equality of mixed derivatives, Taylor series. Small increments. The Chain Rule and its applications, including to Laplace's equation.
7. Quadratic curves
Conic sections as the intersection of cones and planes. Basic properties. Focus-directrix definitions and reflection properties. Hyperbolic functions, both as parametrising a hyperbola, and as interesting functions in their own right.
8. Classification of stationary points of functions of two variables
Quadratic forms of two variables, classification in terms of the discriminant. Characterisation of critical points for functions f:R2R in terms of eigenvalues of the Hessian.
9. Series
Convergence of series. Radius of convergence. Integration as a limit of summations.
10. Integration of functions of one variable
Areas under graphs, integration of powers from first principles, average values. Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Area of a circle, volume and surface area of a sphere. Arc length. Volumes and surface areas of revolution.
11. Double integrals
Review of the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Two-dimensional integrals as volumes under graphs, their evaluation by double integration, in either order. Integration by substitution. Change of variables, including to polar coordinates. The probabilistic integral and the sum ∑[1/(n2)].

Reading list

Type Author(s) Title Library Blackwells Amazon
C Ross L. Finney, George B. Thomas, Jr. Calculus 517 (F) Blackwells Amazon
C M. Anthony and M. Harvey Linear Algebra: Concepts and Methods Blackwells Amazon
C R.B.J.T. Allenby Linear Algebra Blackwells Amazon
C Robert Smith, Roland Minton Calculus 515 (S) Blackwells Amazon

(A = essential, B = recommended, C = background.)

Most books on reading lists should also be available from the Blackwells shop at Jessop West.


Mon 10:00 - 10:50 tutorial (group 10) (even weeks) Hicks Seminar Room F30
Mon 12:00 - 12:50 tutorial (group 11) (even weeks) K14 Hicks Building
Mon 12:00 - 12:50 tutorial (group 12) (even weeks) Hicks Seminar Room F41
Mon 12:00 - 12:50 tutorial (group 14) (even weeks) Hicks Lecture Theatre 4
Mon 12:00 - 12:50 tutorial (group 15) (even weeks) Hicks I16
Mon 12:00 - 12:50 tutorial (group 17) (even weeks) Hicks J26
Mon 14:00 - 14:50 tutorial   (even weeks) Arts Tower Lecture Theatre 2
Mon 14:00 - 14:50 tutorial (group 21) (even weeks) Hicks Lecture Theatre 9
Mon 14:00 - 14:50 tutorial (group 22) (even weeks) Hicks J18b
Mon 14:00 - 14:50 tutorial (group 24) (even weeks) Hicks I12
Mon 14:00 - 14:50 tutorial (group 25) (even weeks) Hicks Lecture Theatre B
Mon 14:00 - 14:50 tutorial (group 26) (even weeks) Richard Roberts Room A85
Mon 14:00 - 14:50 tutorial (group 27) (even weeks) Hicks Lecture Theatre 10
Tue 11:00 - 11:50 tutorial   (even weeks) K14 Hicks Building
Tue 11:00 - 11:50 tutorial (group 31) (even weeks) Hicks Lecture Theatre D
Tue 11:00 - 11:50 tutorial (group 32) (even weeks) Hicks G5
Tue 11:00 - 11:50 tutorial (group 33) (even weeks) Hicks I12
Tue 11:00 - 11:50 tutorial (group 34) (even weeks) Richard Roberts Room A85
Tue 11:00 - 11:50 tutorial (group 35) (even weeks) Dainton Building D17a1 Seminar Room
Tue 11:00 - 11:50 tutorial (group 37) (even weeks) Hicks G19
Wed 13:00 - 13:50 lecture   Richard Roberts Auditorium
Thu 10:00 - 10:50 tutorial   (even weeks) Firth Court F02a
Thu 10:00 - 10:50 tutorial   (even weeks) Firth Court Seminar Room G07
Thu 10:00 - 10:50 tutorial (group 41) (even weeks) Hicks Seminar Room F20
Thu 10:00 - 10:50 tutorial (group 42) (even weeks) Hicks Lecture Theatre 10
Thu 10:00 - 10:50 tutorial (group 43) (even weeks) K14 Hicks Building
Thu 10:00 - 10:50 tutorial (group 44) (even weeks) Arts Tower Lecture Theatre 8
Thu 10:00 - 10:50 tutorial (group 45) (even weeks) Hicks I7
Thu 10:00 - 10:50 tutorial (group 46) (even weeks) Firth Court Seminar Room G03
Thu 10:00 - 10:50 lab session (group B) (odd weeks) Hicks Lecture Theatre 10
Thu 11:00 - 11:50 tutorial   (even weeks) Hicks Seminar Room F41
Thu 11:00 - 11:50 tutorial   (even weeks) Husband Building Seminar Room 304
Thu 11:00 - 11:50 tutorial (group 52) (even weeks) Hicks Lecture Theatre 9
Thu 11:00 - 11:50 tutorial (group 53) (even weeks) Hicks Lecture Theatre 10
Thu 11:00 - 11:50 tutorial (group 54) (even weeks) Firth Court Seminar Room G03
Thu 11:00 - 11:50 tutorial (group 55) (even weeks) Firth Court Seminar Room G07
Thu 11:00 - 11:50 tutorial (group 56) (even weeks) Hicks J15
Thu 11:00 - 11:50 tutorial (group 57) (even weeks) Jessop West Seminar Room 1
Thu 15:00 - 15:50 tutorial   (even weeks) Dainton Building D17a1 Seminar Room
Thu 15:00 - 15:50 tutorial   (even weeks) Hicks Seminar Room F41
Thu 15:00 - 15:50 tutorial   (even weeks) Hicks Lecture Theatre D
Thu 15:00 - 15:50 tutorial (group 61) (even weeks) Hicks Lecture Theatre B
Thu 15:00 - 15:50 tutorial (group 63) (even weeks) Hicks I12
Thu 15:00 - 15:50 tutorial (group 64) (even weeks) Hicks Seminar Room F20
Thu 15:00 - 15:50 tutorial (group 65) (even weeks) Hicks J6c
Thu 15:00 - 15:50 tutorial (group 66) (even weeks) K14 Hicks Building
Thu 15:00 - 15:50 lab session (group H) (odd weeks) Hicks Seminar Room F41
Fri 09:00 - 09:50 lecture   Richard Roberts Auditorium
Fri 11:00 - 11:50 lecture   Richard Roberts Auditorium