Basic Mathematics

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Basic Mathematics

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

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  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course covers fundamental mathematical concepts, useful to students in a wide range of discipline areas, including agriculture, arts, business, health sciences, science, social sciences, applied science and engineering. It includes topics from algebra through to introductory differential and integral calculus.
    Course Introduction
    This course provides an introduction to the most important parts of the mathematics needed at University. It is designed for students with limited mathematical backgrounds, and gives a level of mathematical knowledge roughly equivalent to completing four semesters of Queensland high school Maths B.
    Most students take MATH1040 to satisfy a prerequisite. However, MATH1040 is also is interesting in its own right, and can help you in everyday life. Many students from other fields take MATH1040 to strengthen their mathematical skills. A number of PhD students have completed MATH1040 so they can better understand the mathematics used in their area. Happily, a number of students have enjoyed MATH1040 so much that they have studied some of the follow-up courses, and at least two MATH1040 students have continued to a PhD in mathematics; why don't you be the third?
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    • 1.1 Apply mathematical and quantitative skills to a variety of problems across a range of discipline areas
    • 1.2 Confidently work independently and in small groups to use mathematics in solving problems
    • 1.3 Appreciate the power and importance of mathematics in solving diverse problems
    • 2.1 Recognise standard mathematical notation and understand its meaning
    • 2.2 Express mathematical ideas using mathematical notation
    • 2.3 Manipulate basic mathematical expressions
    • 3.1 Express a linear relationship in terms of an equation
    • 3.2 Express a linear relationship graphically
    • 3.3 Solve a system of two linear equations
    • 4.1 Identify simple functions and determine their domain and range
    • 4.2 Graphically represent functions
    • 4.3 Find the solution(s) of a quadratic equation
    • 4.4 Understand basic trigonometric functions
    • 5.1 Understand the concept of rate of change and its connection to differentiation
    • 5.2 Apply the techniques of calculus to solve physical problems
    • 5.3 Understand the concept of integration as the reverse of differentiation as well as area under the curve, be able to integrate simple functions, and apply integration to solve practical problems in other fields.
    Class Contact
    3 Lecture hours, 2 Tutorial hours
    Assessment Summary
    Problem Sets: 15%
    Weekly Tutorial Quiz: 5%
    Mid-Semester Exam: 20%
    Final Exam: 60%

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