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Unit Overview


The topics in this unit include vectors; matrices; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; functions; mathematical reasoning; complex numbers; and polar coordinates.

6 points
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 elective

Students are able to (1) use the language of mathematics competently; (2) employ mathematical skills, concepts and facts to solve problems; (3) appreciate the mathematical idea of functions; (4) understand the exponential and logarithm functions, and the trigonometric functions; (5) understand complex numbers and polar coordinates and how to use them; (6) understand vectors and matrices and how to use them; and (7) understand the calculus concepts of differentiation and integration, and be familiar with some of their applications.


This comprises an end-of-semester examination and in-semester tests and/or assignments. All assessment tasks require students to apply their knowledge of the unit content to solve previously unseen problems. In all written assessed work, credit is given for clarity and correctness of presentation as well as for actual results.

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: Specialist 3A/3B
or TEE Applicable Mathematics
or MATH1045 Intermediate Calculus
or MATH1038 Calculus and its Applications
or MATH1711 Introductory Mathematics Specialist
WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3C/3D, MATH1035 Calculus and Matrices.
or equivalent or higher
Contact hours
lectures: 78 hrs
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • 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.