MTH110 The Evolution of Mathematics (8)

This subject is designed to develop an understanding and an appreciation of the importance of Mathematics in Society. This will be developed by following the evolution of some mathematical concepts throughout history, how these concepts have aided in communication and interpretation of the world around us. These concepts will also be studied formally to develop the students mathematical skills further. Topics to be included are, but not limited to, measurement systems, algebra, geometry, and statistics.

Availability

Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Bathurst Campus
Dubbo Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MTH110. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System

HD/FL

Duration

One session

School

School of Computing and Mathematics

Enrolment Restrictions

Only available to students enrolled in courses offered by the Faculty of Arts and Education.

Assumed Knowledge

It is assumed that students will have attained a minimum of band 4 in 2 unit General Mathematics or completed MTH100 or equivalent.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to examine and describe historical mathematical concepts and processes and discuss their impact on modern society;
  • be able to define the geometric concepts of shape and measurement and apply them in practice to different contexts;
  • be able to demonstrate models and patterns through the use of algebraic equations and apply these to everyday practice;
  • be able to collate, analyse and interpret data and communicate and make recommendations from the resulting information;
  • be able to represent data to communicate information in an appropriate cultural format.

Syllabus

This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Measurement systems, including the history and development of Babylonian and Hindu-Arabic number systems.
  • Algebra, including solving linear and quadratic equations, sequences and series.
  • Geometry, including coordinate geometry, geometrical shapes, transformations, similarity and congruence.
  • Statistics, including descriptive statistics and the normal distribution.

Contact

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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.

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