Intermediate Mathematics 1

Course code EPMATH135Units 10English Language & Foundation Studies Centre

This course is an intermediate level mathematics course which covers the introductory concepts as in EPMATH134 Introductory Mathematics 1 as well as further skills in algebra and functions and further practice in problem solving. The course content includes skills in numeracy, algebra, linear and non-linear functions, graphing, exponential and logarithmic theory. The course aims to provide a sound foundation in a wide range of basic mathematical skills and in their application to problem solving.

Recommended for degrees in Business, Commerce, Information Technology and the Sciences, including degrees in Health Science, Social Science and Behavioural Science.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesBy the end of the course the student will:
* have obtained a background in number theory, algebra, functions, graphing and exponential and logarithmic theory.
* demonstrated a broad understanding of the subject area, which together with EPMATH235 Intermediate Mathematics 2, is suitable for undergraduate studies in Business, Commerce, Science and the Health Sciences and other areas with a mathematical content.
Content1. Number theory: place value, directed number, order of operations, numerical indices, scientific notation
2. Fractions and Decimals: factors, multiples, operations with dractions and decimals, approximation using decimal places or significant figures
3. Ratio and Percentages: simplifying ratios, percentages, application to simple interest
4. Use of Scientific Calculator
5. Rates: basics, rate conversions
6. Basic algebra: basics, laws, substitution, simplification, expansion including binomials, indices, fractions, factorisation
7. Equations: basic, fractional, word problems, solving equations with powers and roots, changing the subject of the formula, simultaneous equations
8. Exponentials and Logarithms: exponential and logarithmic notation, solution of exponential equations using logarithms, application to compound interest
9. Linear Functions: equation of a straight line, graphing linear functions intersection of lines, line of best fit, applications
10. Non-linear functions: graphs of quadratic, cubic, reciprocal, exponential functions; applications.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeAdvanced or Intermediate Level School Certificate Mathematics or equivalent.

Students who have not studied mathematics for some time may benefit from taking a Mathematics Bridging course before enrolling in this course.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Assessment Items
Examination: FormalFinal examination in the University examination period, 50% Assess overall proficiency in this course.
Quiz - ClassIn Class tests on topic areas
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 weeks
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for EPMATH135