Subject details

Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  1. work effectively with algebraic expressions;
  2. graph different types of functions;
  3. solve different types of equations;
  4. solve different types of inequality; and
  5. find and apply inverse functions.
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  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Overview Notes
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
      • Glossary

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

  • EquipmentDetails - • Headphones or speakers ( required to listen to lecture and other media provided in subjetcs, a USB style headset has proven to provide superior audio quality to the jack style headset when used for online teaching software) • Headset, including microphone (highly recommended for participation in virtual classrooms) • Webcam (may be required for participation in virtual classrooms and/or media presentations)
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In an increasingly data-driven world, the importance of quantitative skills has never been greater. However, not all students interested in the sciences have a strong mathematical background, or they may need a refresher of foundational topics once learned but since forgotten. In this subject, students will learn the importance of mathematics to science and develop mathematical understanding of core quantitative skills, allowing the confident application of basic mathematics required of any scientist. Important topics including algebraic concepts and functions are taught, allowing students to build a solid foundation before proceeding to more advanced subjects. This subject is intended to take a NSW HSC graduate in Mathematics General, and get them to the level of the beginning university maths subject (Quantitative Skills with Applications) taught at UNE.

Topics covered include algebraic concepts, including expanding, simplifying, and factorising simple algebraic expressions; working with fractions, units, and percentages; and rules for indices/powers; linear functions, equations, inequalities, and graphs; quadratic functions, equations, inequalities, and graphs; polynomial and rational functions, equations, inequalities, and graphs; power and root functions, equations, inequalities, and graphs; and exponential and logarithmic functions, function composition, inverse functions.

Assessment 1 to Assessment 9: 9 Assessments of mathematical calculations and problem solving. Relates to Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Final Examination: It is mandatory to pass this component in order to pass the subject. Relates to Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

  • Assessment 1 (4.44%)
  • Assessment 2 (4.44%)
  • Assessment 3 (4.44%)
  • Assessment 4 (4.44%)
  • Assessment 5 (4.44%)
  • Assessment 6 (4.44%)
  • Assessment 7 (4.44%)
  • Assessment 8 (4.44%)
  • Assessment 9 (4.48%)
  • Final Invigilated Examination (60%)

Textbook information is pending.