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MA131 Analysis 1 and 2

Term 1: Marco Schlichting
Term 2: James Robinson

Term(s): Terms 1-2

Status for Mathematics students:

Core for Maths.

CAUTION: This entry refers to arrangements for students based in the Mathematics Department (those who entered through the Mathematics Department and have a Personal Tutor there). There are different arrangements for students based elsewhere

Commitment: One lecture per week, two 2-hour classes per week
Please sign up for the classes here.

Assessment: First term: weekly assignments (7.5%); one-and-a-half-hour hour examination on the first term's work (25%) (held in the first week of the second term);
Second term:weekly assignments (7.5%); three-hour end-of-year examination (60%).

Content: At the beginning of the nineteenth century the familiar tools of calculus, differentiation and integration, began to run into problems. Mathematicians were unsure of how to apply these tools to sums of infinitely many functions. The origins of Analysis lie in their attempt to formalize the ideas of calculus purely in the the language of arithmetic and to resolve these problems.

You will study ideas of the mathematicians Cauchy, Dirichlet, Weierstrass, Bolzano, D'Alembert, Riemann and others, concerning sequences and series in term one, continuity and differentiability in term two and integration in term one of your second year.

By the end of the year you will be able to answer many interesting questions: What do we mean by `infinity'? How can you accurately compute the value of $ \pi $ or $e$ or $\sqrt{2}$ ? How can you add up infinitely many numbers, or infinitely many functions? Can all functions be approximated by polynomials?

There will be considerable emphasis throughout the module on the need to argue with much greater precision and care than you had to at school. With the support of your fellow students, lecturers and other helpers, you will be encouraged to move on from the situation where the teacher shows you how to solve each kind of problem, to the point where you can develop your own methods for solving problems. You will also be expected to question the concepts underlying your solutions, and understand why a particular method is meaningful and another not so. In other words, your mathematical focus should shift from problem solving methods to concepts and clarity of thought.

M. Hart, Guide to Analysis, Macmillan. (A good traditional text with theory and many exercises.)
M. Spivak, Calculus, Benjamin.

Recommended Syllabus

Additional Resources Analysis I (Term 1)

Archive: pre-2011

Additional Resources Analysis II (Term 2)

Year 1 regs and modules
G100 G103 GL11 G1NC

Year 2 regs and modules
G100 G103 GL11 G1NC

Year 3 regs and modules
G100 G103

Year 4 regs and modules

Archived Material
Past Exams