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Unit Overview


The topics in this unit include differentiation; trigonometry; vectors; exponentials and logarithms; complex numbers; and polar coordinates. Applications are stressed throughout.

6 points
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 elective

Students are able to (1) understand equations and inequalities involving absolute values; (2) understand the trigonometric functions sin and cos, and some of their applications; (3) understand vectors and vector methods for solving problem and the change of coordinates; (4) understand complex numbers and how to manipulate them; (5) understand functions, inverse functions, composed functions and their domain and range; (6) understand the exponential and logarithm functions, and some of their applications; and (7) understand the concept of differentiation, and be familiar with some of its applications.


This comprises tests and an end-of-semester examination

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Assistant Professor Miccal Matthews
Unit rules
WACE Mathematics 3A/3B
or WACE Mathematics 3C/3D
or MATH1050 Introductory Calculus
or MATH1701 Introductory Mathematics Foundations
WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3A/3B, MATH1038 Calculus and its Applications, MATH1045 Intermediate Calculus.
or equivalent or higher
Contact hours
lectures: 39 hrs
This complementary unit for the Chemistry major is only required if the student has not completed WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3A/3B or higher.
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.