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Department of Mathematics & Statistics

MATH102 Supplementary Calculus 1

Second SemesterAlso available:  First Semester  Summer School
9 points

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, finding areas 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 the algebra half.



Main topics

  • Introduction to functions of one variable
  • Limits and continuity of functions
  • Differentiation of functions and applications
  • Integration of functions and applications

Required texts

Recommended 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.

An electronic copy of outline notes for this course will be available for download on on the Resources page

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 (Semester 2)

Dr Fabien Montiel (room 310a) will teach the first half (week 1-6) and Dr Petru Cioica-Licht (room 212) will teach the second half (week 7-13)

Lectures (Semester 2)

Tues, Thurs and alternate Fridays, 12 noon


Attendance at tutorials is voluntary. An open tutorial system operates where classes run for 8 hours per week, and students may attend as many as they need to and are able to.

  • Wednesday: 10-12 and 1-3
  • Thursday: 10-12 and 1-3
  • All tutorials are in room 124, Science III building.

Office hours (Semester 2)

by arrangement (or just pop in if I’m in my office)

Internal Assessment

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

Five computer Skills Tests make up 33.3% (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

Final mark

Your final mark F in the paper will be calculated according to this formula:

F = max(E, (3E + A)/4)*2/3 + T/3


  • E is the Exam mark
  • A is the Assignments mark
  • T is the Tests mark

and all quantities are expressed as percentages.

So your internal assessment can boost your exam mark with a 1/4 weighting if that helps you. Note that the test component definitely counts and so the tests should be regarded as compulsory.

Students must abide by the University’s Academic Integrity Policy

Academic endeavours at the University of Otago are built upon an essential commitment to academic integrity.

The two most common forms of academic misconduct are plagiarism and unauthorised collaboration.

Academic misconduct: Plagiarism

Plagiarism is defined as:

  • Copying or paraphrasing another person’s work and presenting it as your own.
  • Being party to someone else’s plagiarism by letting them copy your work or helping them to copy the work of someone else without acknowledgement.
  • Using your own work in another situation, such as for the assessment of a different paper or program, without indicating the source.
  • Plagiarism can be unintentional or intentional. Even if it is unintentional, it is still considered to be plagiarism.

All students have a responsibility to be aware of acceptable academic practice in relation to the use of material prepared by others and are expected to take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure no breach of acceptable academic practice occurs. You should also be aware that plagiarism is easy to detect and the University has policies in place to deal with it.

Academic misconduct: Unauthorised Collaboration

Unauthorised Collaboration occurs when you work with, or share work with, others on an assessment which is designed as a task for individuals and in which individual answers are required. This form does not include assessment tasks where students are required or permitted to present their results as collaborative work. Nor does it preclude collaborative effort in research or study for assignments, tests or examinations; but unless it is explicitly stated otherwise, each student’s answers should be in their own words. If you are not sure if collaboration is allowed, check with your lecturer.

Further information

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.
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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 $M$.
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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.