Course Description

Course Name

General Mathematics

Session: VDNS3121

Hours & Credits

18 Credit Points

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Topics such as basic mathematical models, operations research, introductory calculus, compound interest, exponential growth and decay, simple integration as well as exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions.

Mathematics occurs in almost every field of study and certainly in every quantitative discipline. Getting on top of even basic mathematical techniques is an important step to being able to understand the analytical processes in those fields - processes that deal with, for example, chemical reactions, financial models, population interactions between species and the stresses in the structural members of a bridge. This is an ideal paper for those who need or want to take at least a service paper in mathematical methods and do not yet have a background in mathematics sufficiently strong to join the MATH 160 class. 

Emphasis is placed on understanding via examples, and you will use the methods taught to study a variety of practical problems. In the process your manipulation skills in algebra and calculus will improve, and you will gain insight into the usefulness of the techniques. It will also provide you with an appreciation of the value and power of mathematics and the motivation to progress to further MATH papers. In particular you will cover such topics as linear and quadratic models, linear programming, functional notation, differentiation, rates of change, graphing of functions, optimisation problems, exponentials and logarithms, compound interest, exponential growth and decay, and simple integration.

Course Structure
Main topics:
- Basic algebraic manipulation
-Equations of lines
-Systems of linear equations
-Arithmetic progressions
-Compound interest
-Linear programming
-Rates of change
-Graphing functions
-Optimization problems
-Simple integration
-Finding areas
-Exponential, log and trig functions
-Differential equations

Learning Outcomes
Basic mathematical literacy, demonstrated understanding of where and how central concepts are used.

*Course content subject to change