MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face
Semester 2AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 complementary unit in the Computer Science; Chemistry major sequences
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Science students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 1 additional unit in the Computer Science second major sequence
  • Level 1 elective
This unit provides students with a solid understanding of mathematical functions and their applications. It also gives students a firm background in calculus. The content of this unit is trigonometric functions; vectors; complex numbers; polar coordinates; exponential and logarithmic functions; differentiation; and integration.
Students are able to (1) understand the trigonometric functions sine and cosine, and some of their applications; (2) understand vectors and vector methods for solving problems; (3) understand complex numbers and how to manipulate them; (4) understand the exponential and logarithm functions, and some of their applications; and (5) understand the concepts of differentiation and integration, and be familiar with some of their applications.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-class tests and (2) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Snezhana Abarzhi (S1) and Dr Thomas Stemler
Unit rules
WACE Mathematics 3A/3B
WACE Mathematics 3C/3D
MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
ECON1111 Quantitative Methods for Business and Economics
MATH0038 Mathematical Analysis
ATAR Mathematics Methods; WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3A/3B; MATH1038 Calculus and its Applications; MATH1045 Intermediate Calculus;
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week; workshop: 1 hour per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
Semester 2_2019 [SEM-2_2019]
This complementary unit for the Computer Science and Chemistry majors is only required if the student has not completed Mathematics Methods ATAR or WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3A/3B or higher.

Students with Mathematics: Applications ATAR only will need to complete MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals before enrolling in MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods.
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  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.