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MATH1050: Mathematics Toolbox for Science

2024 unit information

Mathematics is a powerful tool in Science. It is used to interpret observations, to formulate predictions, create models, refine theory and communicate scientific reasoning in many disciplines. In this unit you will learn how Mathematical ideas are applied across Science. You will see that Mathematics plays a fundamental role in the Life and Environmental Sciences, in Medicine and in Health, as well as in physical sciences. You will meet familiar ideas such as calculus and exponentials now put to work to solve practical scientific problems, and you will be introduced to powerful new concepts such as matrices and differential equations. You will use public domain technology to perform calculations, do algebra and draw graphs which will enable you to work on interesting real-world scenarios. At the end of this unit you will be equipped to use mathematical ideas confidently in the disciplinary and interdisciplinary contexts that you will meet in your degree and beyond. This unit is designed to complement DATA1001 in the Science core. Students intending to major in Physics or Chemistry are recommended to take MATH1021 and MATH1002. Students majoring in Mathematics, Statistics or Financial Mathematics and Statistics must take MATH1021 and MATH1002.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Mathematics and Statistics Academic Operations

Code MATH1050
Academic unit Mathematics and Statistics Academic Operations
Credit points 6
MATH1061 or MATH1961 or MATH1971 or MATH1062 or MATH1962 or MATH1972 or MATH1002 or MATH1021 or MATH1023 or MATH1921 or MATH1902 or MATH1923 or MATH1933 or MATH1931 or (MATH1011 and MATH1014) or (MATH1013 and MATH1014) or (MATH1011 and MATH1013) or MATH1001 or MATH1003 or MATH1901 or MATH1906 or MATH1903 or MATH1907
Assumed knowledge:
NSW HSC Mathematics Advanced

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Perform appropriate mathematical operations both with pen-and-paper and using suitable software
  • LO2. Apply mathematical ideas to analysing problems in science and medicine
  • LO3. Determine where a mathematical approach is required in scientific problem solving and what that approach should be
  • LO4. Communicate mathematical ideas clearly and correctly in written and spoken form

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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