MATHS168-23JS (HAM)

Preparatory Mathematics

15 Points

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The University of Waikato
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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences Office
Department of Mathematics

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: lissa.smith@waikato.ac.nz

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: alistair.lamb@waikato.ac.nz

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What this paper is about

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This paper is part of the 2023 Jump Start programme, available to those who meet the necessary requirements. See the Jump Start website for more details: https://www.waikato.ac.nz/study/campaigns/jump-start

The information provided in this paper outline is accurate at the time of writing. However, changes may occur due to unforeseen circumstances.

This paper is an intensive 'catch-up' paper in basic algebraic concepts with a brief introduction to calculus. It is intended for those students who wish to improve their basic mathematical skills, either as a background for other subjects, or prior to enrolling in MATHS165, MATHS166, STATS111, or STATS121 in a subsequent trimester.

NOTE: If you are studying MATH168 as preparation for any higher-level Mathematics paper you will need to aim for at least a B-grade.

This paper attempts to cover the minimum background skills needed for such papers. These include all algebra skills from Year 9 to Year 12 Mathematics.

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How this paper will be taught

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This paper runs over four weeks and students can expect roughly 6-10 hours of lectures per week. Additionally, students will be assessed via two in-class assessments per week, as well as a test per week. Note that there is no final exam for this paper.

Lectures will take place before each in-class assessment, and an overview class will take place before each test.

What is shown in the lecture timetable is a generic timetable. Full details of the actual classes are available on the MATHS168-23JS(HAM) timetable provided on the Moodle page for this paper.

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Required Readings

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There are no Required Readings.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding at an appropriate level of the mathematical topics listed in the Syllabus Guide
    • Apply basic algebra rules to simplify terms
    • Solve basic algebraic equations
    • Know properties of lines and quadratics, and plot them.
    • Use basic properties of logarithms and exponents to solve equations
    • Perform basic calculus techniques
    Linked to the following assessments:
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Assessments

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How you will be assessed

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The paper consists of four main topics with one topic covered per week. The topics are:

1) Variables and basic algebra

2) Algebra (continued) and quadratic equations

3) Exponents, logarithms, growth and decay

4) Basic calculus simultaneous equations and graphs

Assessments

For the four main topics, there will be two in-class assessments. Students are expected to complete each in-class assessment to a satisfactory standard to gain full marks. Individual in-class assessments are worth 2.5% each. So with a total of eight in-class assessments, they in total make up 20% of your final mark.

Tests

A two hour test will take place every week, for all four weeks. The tests will examine material covered in each topic. Each test will take place in L.G.05 from 11am - 1pm on the following dates:

Friday: 27 January, 3 February, 10 February, 17 February.

Each test is worth 20%, so the total of all four tests will determine the other 80% of your overall mark.

Please ensure you have your ID card with you at all the tests. If you do not, your script and mark will be withheld until you show this at the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences Office (G.1.21).

Calculators will be required (any basic scientific calculator will be permitted, but NO graphics or more advanced calculators will be allowed). You are strongly advised to purchase a suitable calculator at the beginning of the paper so that you have time to become familiar with it.

Suggested Calculator: Casio FX82 - available from most stationery shops.

Graphics or more advanced calculators will NOT be permitted in the in-class assessments or tests - if you do turn up to an in-class assessment or test with one of these calculators, you will be asked to put it away before the item of assessment begins. So you may be left with no calculator for the in-class assessment or test.

Your final overall mark will consist of the total marks from the eight in-class assessments and the four tests. There is NO final exam for this paper.

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. In-class Assessments (x8)
20
  • Other: Hand-in at end of class
2. Weekly Test (x4)
80
  • Other: Hand-in at end of test
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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