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MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1OnlineOnline Restricted
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 core unit in the Chemistry major sequence
  • Level 1 elective
This unit provides students with a solid understanding of mathematical functions and their applications. It also introduces students to the fundamentals of calculus and some basic statistics and probability.
Students are able to (1) use the language of mathematics to explain mathematical concepts; (2) solve problems involving trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions; (3) solve problems involving linear, quadratic and simple simultaneous equations; and (4) apply methods of differentiation and integration to polynomials, exponentials and logarithms.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) weekly online quizzes and workshop participation; (2) in-class tests; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Michael Giudici (Semester 1) and Professor Michael Small (Semester 2)
Unit rules
( Mathematics Applications ATAR or MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals ) or ( Mathematics Methods ATAR [with a scaled score of less than 50] or equivalent )
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods and STAT1520 Economics and Business Statistics
Contact hours
Lectures: 3-hours per week; Workshops: 2-hour per week
This unit has been designed for students who have passed either Mathematics Applications ATAR or MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals or equivalent, or have failed Mathematics Methods ATAR. Students who have failed Mathematics Specialist ATAR are advised to enrol in MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations – Specialist.
  • 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.