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MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2OnlineOnline Restricted
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face
Semester 2AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 elective
This unit is intended for students with little or no maths background, or students who have failed Mathematics Applications ATAR. The unit gives students a solid understanding of the fundamentals of mathematics.. Topics include number systems, fractions and decimals, algebra, solution of equations, factoring, rational expressions, exponents and radicals, quadratic equations, functions, graphs of functions, applications of linear and quadratic functions, exponential and logarithm functions and their applications.
Students are able to (1) use BIDMAS, fractions and decimals; (2) perform basic algebraic manipulation; (3) solve problems involving simple rational expressions, exponents and radicals; (4) solve problems involving simple linear, quadratic, exponential and logarithm functions; and (5) sketch basic mathematical functions.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tests and (2) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor John Bamberg (Semester 1) and Dr David Pfefferle (Semester 2)
Unit rules
Mathematics Applications ATAR [with a scaled score of less than 50] or with permission
Mathematics Applications ATAR [with a scaled score of 50 or greater] or Equivalent or higher
Contact hours
3 x 1 hr lectures and 1 x 1hr workshop
This unit is not suitable for students who have attempted or completed Mathematics Methods ATAR or equivalent or higher. Students who have attempted and failed Mathematics Methods ATAR are advised to enrol in MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations – Methods. Students looking for a Category A broadening unit in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences area of knowledge may be interested in the following unit, MATH1601 Mathematics: from the Renaissance to Modern Day (little or no maths background is assumed).
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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.