The preparatory studies program is a bridging mathematics course designed for students who need to complete mathematics as part of their degree, specifically Mathematics 1A (SMA101), but do not have the required assumed knowledge. Students undertaking this bridging unit (PRP001) will build on their existing knowledge and mathematical skills prior to undertaking Mathematics 1A (SMA101).
Topics covered will include:
- Algebra - revision of algebraic operations and the application of algebra to polynomials and functions.
- Trigonometry - right angle and obtuse triangle trigonometry and its application to vector operations.
- Logarithms and exponentials - operations with logarithmic and exponential functions and their applications.
- Differential calculus - concepts of differential calculus and application of the rules of differentiation to polynomials and functions.
Successful completion of the program provides candidates with the advanced mathematical knowledge required for courses such as Engineering, Information Technology and Sciences.