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MATH102 Supplementary Calculus 1

Summer SchoolAlso available:  First Semester  Second Semester
9 points
Not available after 2018

*** Not available in 2019! ***

This 9-point half-paper covers methods and applications of calculus. It consists of the Calculus component of MATH 160. Note that to go on to MATH 170, you will need both MATH 101 and MATH 102 - or their equivalent, MATH 160.

Paper details

This Calculus paper is the natural continuation of Year 13 Calculus.

Here you will study the ideas and methods of differentiation and integration, using an approach that is intuitive and avoids excess formality. Applications will include optimization, related rates, the use of differentials, finding areas, the Taylor series, solving simple differential equations, and an introduction to partial derivatives.

Potential students

MATH 102 is taken only by students who need the calculus component (but not the algebra) of MATH 160. This situation may arise when a student has transferred from another university, or is looking for a 9-point paper, or has previously taken MATH 101, the Algebra half of MATH 160.


Formally MATH 102, like Math160, has no prerequisites other than "sufficient achievement in NCEA Level 3 Calculus". However, we strongly suggest that if you have not passed the externally assessed NCEA Calculus papers "Apply differentiation methods in solving problems" (AS91578) and "Apply integration methods in solving problems" (AS91579), then you should consider taking MATH 151 before attempting MATH 102.

Main topics

  • Functions
  • Introduction to calculus
  • Techniques of differentiation and integration

Required texts

Required text: Calculus by James Stewart (Truncated edition)

(available from the University Book Shop); if you are planning on taking MATH 170, you should consider getting the full Calculus, metric edition 8.

Useful references

Several standard texts are suitable for reference. For example:

Calculus with Analytic Geometry by Howard Anton (Wiley)

Calculus by James Stewart (Full edition.)

Lecturers (Summer School)

Johannes Mosig, email:

Lectures (Summer School)

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 2-3pm


11–12 and 3–4 Monday to Thursday

Attendance at tutorials is voluntary. An open tutorial system operates and students may attend as many as they need to and are able to.

Internal Assessment

There are ten marked assignments which make up your assignment mark (A).

Five computer Skills Tests make up 20% (T) of your final mark.

You can check your marks by clicking on the Resources link at the top of this page.

Terms Requirement

You have to fulfil the terms requirement in order to be allowed to sit the final exam.

In this paper, to pass “terms” you need to:

  • gain at least 5/10 in each of the first four Skills Tests before the end of the 12th week
  • achieve an overall mark of 40% on the 10 assignments

Exam format

The 90-minute final exam is answered in spaces provided on the question booklet. All questions should be attempted and the number of marks available for each question is indicated on the paper. There are usually from 15 to 20 questions.

Previous exams

Final mark

So your internal assessment can boost your exam mark if that helps you. Note that the test component definitely counts and so the tests should be regarded as compulsory.

While we strive to keep details as accurate and up-to-date as possible, information given here should be regarded as provisional. Individual lecturers will confirm teaching and assessment methods.
The main cable of a suspension bridge naturally forms a curve called a catenary. When it is loaded with the horizontal road structure it deforms into a parabola. Unless very carefully designed, suspension bridges are susceptible to collapse from high winds or earthquakes.
Let $N$ be the number of individuals in a population. One model for studying $N$ says that the rate of increase of $N$ depends on both $N$ itself (since the more individuals there are the more offspring will be produced) and on some residual amount $M-N$ (since there will be competition for resources like food); so we have $$\frac{dN}{dt}=N(M-N)$$ for some constant $M$.
Will the population die out or reach some maximum value?

Gottfried Leibniz...

..., 1646-1716, was one of the developers of calculus — the other was Isaac Newton. They used different approaches, and different notation. Leibniz also was a pioneer of mathematical logic.