MATHS16823JS (HAM)
Preparatory Mathematics
15 Points
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What this paper is about
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/jumpstart
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 'catchup' 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 higherlevel Mathematics paper you will need to aim for at least a Bgrade.
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.
How this paper will be taught
This paper runs over four weeks and students can expect roughly 610 hours of lectures per week. Additionally, students will be assessed via two inclass 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 inclass 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 MATHS16823JS(HAM) timetable provided on the Moodle page for this paper.
Required Readings
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:
Assessments
How you will be assessed
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 inclass assessments. Students are expected to complete each inclass assessment to a satisfactory standard to gain full marks. Individual inclass assessments are worth 2.5% each. So with a total of eight inclass 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 inclass assessments or tests  if you do turn up to an inclass 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 inclass assessment or test.
Your final overall mark will consist of the total marks from the eight inclass assessments and the four tests. There is NO final exam for this paper.
The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam.