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MA2009: ANALYSIS I (2016-2017)

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Course Overview

Analysis provides the rigourous, foundational underpinnings of calculus. It is centred around the notion of limits: convergence within the real numbers. Related ideas, such as infinite sums (a.k.a. series), continuity, and differentiation, are also visited in this course.

Care is needed to properly use the delicate formal concept of limits. At the same time, limits are often intuitive, and we aim to reconcile this intuition with correct mathematical reasoning. The emphasis throughout this course is on rigourous mathematical proofs, valid reasoning, and the avoidance of fallacious arguments.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No

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Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • MA1508 Calculus II (Passed)
  • MA1005 Calculus 1 (Passed)

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Course Description

- Fundamental properties of real numbers: field operations, order, completeness.
- Sequences and limits: convergence, basic examples, methods of deducing convergence, properties of convergent sequences, the Bolzano-Weierstrass Theorem.
- Infinite sums (series): convergence, convergence tests.
- Functions of one real variable: limits and continuity, methods of deducing limits, Extreme Value Theorem, Intermediate Value Theorem, uniform continuity.
- Differentiation of functions of one variable: basic definitions and properties, chain rule, basic results on differentiable functions, Rolle's Theorem, Mean Value Theorem.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

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Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1 two-hour written examination (80%); in-course assessment (20%).

Formative Assessment

Informal assessment of weekly homework through discussions in tutorials.


In-course assignments will normally be marked within one week and feedback provided to students in tutorials. Students will be invited to contact Course Coordinator for feedback on the final examination.

Course Learning Outcomes


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