Undergraduate | MUR-MAS164 | 2024
Fundamentals of Mathematics
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Get up to speed with the base level of maths you’ll need for coding. Build or refresh your working knowledge of maths, covering algebra, trigonometry, derivatives, and more. You’ll be able to solve mathematical problems and progress to advanced courses.
- Study method
- 100% online
- 100% online
- Start dates
- 26 Feb 2024,
- 27 May 2024,
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- Entry requirements
- Prior study needed
- 13 weeks
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Fundamentals of Mathematics
About this subject
At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- acquire an understanding of basic concepts in relation to algebra, matrices, inequalities and functions.
- solve systems of linear equations using a variety of methods.
- use trigonometric relationships to model periodic behaviour, and exponential and logarithmic functions to model growth and decay.
- determine derivatives from first principles and using derivative rules, calculate integrals of simple functions.
- determine asymptotes and limits of functions, and use derivatives to identify critical points of a function.
- identify suitable methods to solve a given mathematical problem, and communicate the problem, the method and the solution in clear terms.
- Straight lines and linear functions
- Systems of linear equations and matrices
- Precalculus review
- Functions: their graphs and limits
- Trigonometric functions
- Slopes of curves and derivatives
- More on derivatives
- Exponential and logarithmic functions
- Higher order derivatives and applications
This for-credit subject is a preparatory mathematics subject intended for students who have not completed secondary school mathematics and who have insufficient background for the more advanced mathematics required for success in MAS162, MAS182 and MAS161. The topics covered include algebra; polynomials, exponential and logarithmic functions and their graphs; matrices; basic concepts of differential and integral calculus and applications.
Please Note: All students studying at Murdoch University will need to complete the compulsory unit, Murdoch Academic Passport (MAP100), which only takes 2-3 hours to complete online. Find out more: http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/MurdochAcademicPassport.
- Assignments x 4 (40%)
- Open book timed online exam (50%)
- Mid-semester test (10%)
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You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
MUR-MAS110 (Not currently available)
Mathematics up to year 10 in Australian high schools provides sufficient background. UniSA's subject, MATH1077 Essential Mathematics 2: Calculus, is considered as an equivalent of this subject.
Students who have achieved a final scaled score of 55% or more in ATAR Mathematics Specialist, WACE Mathematics Specialist 3C/3D or TEE Calculus may not enrol in this unit.
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