Mathematics

Lectures: Not applicable
Tutorials: Four 1-hour tutorials per week plus scheduled workshop
Laboratories: Not applicable
Course coordinator: Mr Phil Kane

This course will introduce you to basic mathematical concepts beginning at an elementary level that is suitable for those with limited mathematical backgrounds. In addition to time spent on assignments, you should spend at least one hour reading and problem solving for every hour you spend in lectures. Group work is permitted for solving problems provided you abide by the University’s rules on plagiarism and do not copy another person's assignment or allow another student to copy yours.

Special equipment

You will need a calculator with scientific functions. Any calculator with the capabilities of a Casio fx82L and a fraction button will do. Your tutor can advise you. You will also need a ring binder with refill, or an exercise book, for taking notes and working problems. Occasionally, graph paper will be required.

MATHS 91F S1 FOUNDATION MATHEMATICS 1

The semester will commence with study skills including an introduction to tutorials, how to use a scientific calculator, an introduction to collaborative learning, problem solving techniques and investigation. Skills will be used and reinforced first in the context of arithmetic, including a study of number sets, large and small numbers, percentages and the metric system. Investigation of patterns lays a foundation for the algebra that follows. Algebra covers manipulation of expressions and formulae, solving equations and inequalities, and the application of these skills to problem solving.

MATHS 92F S2 FOUNDATION MATHEMATICS 2

The study skills from Semester One are consolidated, especially in the areas of technology and collaborative learning. Trigonometry is studied, mainly in relation to right-angled triangles. Functions and their graphs are the main focus of the semester, particularly the graphs of straight lines and parabolas. This course is intended for students who have completed MATHS 91F.

Recommended reading

There is no prescribed textbook for this course. The tutor will provide texts and notes

Assessment (Semester One)

Coursework: 100% (4 assignments, 2 mastery tests, 3 collaborative problem solving tasks, 1 semester test, 1final two-hour test).

Assessment (Semester Two)

Coursework: 50% (4 assignments, 2 mastery tests, 3 collaborative problem solving tasks, 1 semester test)
Final examination: 50% (2 hours)