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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Sequences and Series
Module Code MS114
School School of Mathematical Sciences
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Paul Razafimandimby
Semester 2: Paul Razafimandimby
Autumn: Paul Razafimandimby
Module TeachersBrien Nolan
Joshua Aurand
Paul Razafimandimby
NFQ level 6 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination

This module introduces students to the principles and practice of mathematical analysis via the study of sequences and series. There will be an emphasis on constructing rigorous mathematical proofs of results from analysis. Students will also learn how to use diagrams and informal ideas to develop their knowledge and skills in this area of mathematics. Students will attend interactive lectures in which the class build some definitions of mathematical constructs, and engage in creating convincing mathematical arguments and proofs to support given statements.

Learning Outcomes

1. apply the epsilon-X formulation of statements involving convergence of sequences and series;
2. construct rigorous arguments using the epsilon-X formulation and be able to distinguish between rigorous and informal arguments;
3. construct and analyse their own examples and counterexamples of mathematical objects arising in analysis;
4. use different structured approaches to solve problems in mathematical analysis.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Inquiry based study of course material
Tutorial12Student work on exercises with tutor support.
Independent Study89Independent study of course material and work on exercise sheets.
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Introduction to sequences. Null sequences. Convergent and divergent sequences. Monotone sequences and the Weierstrass-Bolzano theorem. Cauchy's criterion for convergence.

Introduction to series. Series with non-negative terms. Tests for convergence. Series with positive and negative terms and absolute convergence. Rearranging series.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment20% Examination Weight80%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
In Class Testn/a10%Week 27
AssignmentBiweekly homework10%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 3
Indicative Reading List

  • D Brannan: 2006, A First Course in Mathematical Analysis, OUP/CUP,
  • S Abbott: 2001, Understanding Analysis, Springer: SUMS,
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