Module Specifications..
Current Academic Year 2023  2024
Please note that this information is subject to change.
 
Repeat examination 

Description This module ensures that students acquire a thorough comprehension of the fundamentals of real analysis, in particular, differential calculus for numerical functions. The module also aims to support students' development of logical, computational and mathematical problem solving and writing skills, and to prepare students for later courses in mathematical analysis  
Learning Outcomes 1. Acquire and use the basics of mathematical logic and proofs, to formulate state and prove/disprove mathematical propositions 2. Define a set, know the different operations and sets and their properties. and make the differences between finite, countable and uncountable sets. 3. Define a relation and a function and use them to solve mathematical problems. Know the definitions of injection, surjection and bijection. 4. Describe the fundamental properties of the set of real numbers that are of the essence for the rigorous development of real analysis. 5. Know the formal definitions and properties of the limits of functions at a point and at infinity and compute the limits of a variety of functions. 6. Use the notion of limit to define the continuity of a function, determine the continuity of a variety of functions and apply theorems for continuous functions in a variety of settings. 7. Differentiate a variety of functions and apply derivatives in a variety of settings  
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
Short introduction to logic Statements, Connectives, truth table and logical equivalence, predicate, quantifiers and the De Morgan laws Sets and Functions * Sets: Definitions, Operations on sets and their properties, Venn Diagram. * Functions: relations, functions, injection/surjection/bijection * Examples of functions: Polynomials, Rationals, Power functions, Logarithmic and exponential functions. * Finite, countable and uncountable sets Mathematical proofs Direct proof, Proofs by contraposition, contradiction, construction/counterexample, by exhaustion, and by induction. Real number system Fields, Ordered, WellOrdered and Complete sets Density of rationals and the Archimedean Principle. Limits Formal definition and uniqueness of limits, operations on limits, Comparison/monotonicity and Squeeze theorems. Continuity Continuity Definitions, Operations on continuous functions, Right and leftcontinuity, discontinuities, Boundedness, Extreme value and intermediate value theorems. Differentiability Definitions, basic properties of differentiable functions, differentiation rules, Mean value theorem(s) and l'Hopital's rule and the Inverse Function Theorem. Applications of derivatives Applications of first order derivatives: monotonicity, critical points and local extrema. Higher order derivatives and their applications: Taylor's polynomials/theorem and concavity test.  
 
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