EMTH118-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Engineering Mathematics 1A

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


A first course in the methods and applications of engineering mathematics. Topics include calculus, linear algebra, and modelling techniques. This Course is designed for engineering students who have done well in NCEA Mathematics with calculus.

A pass in EMTH118 allows entry into EMTH119 and also prepares students for EMTH171 and ENGR102.

Linear equations and matrices; functions, limits and continuity; vector geometry; differentiation; applications of differentiation; integration; and applications of integration, including an introduction to first order differential equations.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students who have succeeded in this course will be able to:

    Define the key concepts in:
  • systems of linear equations
  • matrix algebra
  • functions and their inverses as the basis for mathematical models
  • functions and their graphs
  • vector geometry
  • single-variable calculus

    Describe and interpret:
  • the connection between matrices and linear systems
  • solutions of linear systems geometrically, and in the context of engineering and modelling problems
  • the connection between differential and integral calculus
  • solutions of first order differential equations in engineering contexts
  • the description of lines and planes using vectors

    Use techniques from the course to:
  • solve systems of linear equations by Gaussian elimination
  • evaluate limits of functions and solve continuity problems
  • use vector geometry to solve angle, distance, and intersection problems
  • find derivatives and use them in engineering and modelling applications
  • find integrals and use them in engineering and modelling applications
  • solve separable first order differential equations

    Identify the appropriate method of solution for problems in linear algebra and calculus.


1) MATH101, or
2) NCEA 14 Credits (18 strongly recommended) at level 3 Mathematics (including the standards 'Apply differentiation methods in solving problems (91578)' and 'Apply integration methods in solving problems (91579)'), or
3) Cambridge: D at A level or
an A at AS level in Mathematics, or
4) IB: 4 at HL or
5 at SL in Mathematics, or
5) approval of the Head of School based on alternative prior learning.


MATH102, MATH108, MATH199

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Brendan Creutz

Course Administrator

Phillipa Gourdie


Rick Beatson , David Rodda and Phillipa Gourdie


Note: To pass this course you must obtain a final mark of at least 50% and obtain at least 40% in the final examination.

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended reading:
Stewart, James: Calculus Early Transcendentals. 8th edition. ISBN: 9781305272378

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $975.00

International fee $5,500.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Mathematics and Statistics.

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