MATH 1022 Mathematics for Engineers Preliminary (WSTC AssocD)

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 700103

Coordinator Zdenka Misanovic Opens in new window

Description This subject covers the fundamental mathematical concepts and techniques necessary for the study of Engineering. Topics include Arithmetic and Algebra, Trigonometry, Functions, and Introductory Differential and Integral calculus.

School Eng, Design & Built Env

Discipline Mathematics

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 1 subject

Equivalent Subjects MATH 1023 - Mathematics for Engineers Preliminary (WSTC)

Incompatible Subjects MATH 1011 - Fundamentals of Mathematics


Students must be enrolled at Western Sydney University, The College in 7022 Associate Degree in Engineering.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Perform arithmetic operations and manipulate algebraic symbols as required in solving mathematical problems set in an engineering context
  2. Solve mathematical problems using trigonometry, logarithmic and exponential functions
  3. Apply correctly the techniques of both differential and integral calculus to solve problems that may involve transcendental functions.
  4. Communicate mathematical ideas using standard practices

Subject Content

1. Arithmetic and Algebra: Rational and irrational numbers, indices, manipulation of algebraic expressions, factorisation, linear equations and quadratic expressions, simultaneous equations.
2. Relations and Functions: Domain and range, linear functions, quadratic functions, roots of quadratic equations
3. Logarithmic and Exponential Functions: Definition and properties of exponentials, graphing exponentials, differentiation and integration of exponentials, exponential growth and decay. Definition and properties of logarithms, graphing logarithms, differentiation and integration of logarithms.
4. Trigonometry: Trigonometric ratios, exact ratios, Sine and Cosine rules, reciprocal ratios, angles of any magnitude
5. Trigonometric Functions: Radian measure, graphing, properties of functions, differentiation, integration
6. Further Trigonometric Functions: Applied trigonometry, sums and differences of angles, equation solving, general solutions to trigonometric equations.
7. Inverse Functions and Inverse Trigonometric Functions: y=logax and y=ax as inverse functions, inverse trigonometric functions, differentiation and integration of inverse functions.
8. Differentiation: Limits and continuity;
9. the derivative from first principles; differentiation formulae; implicit differentiation, tangents and normals to curves, stationary points, higher order derivatives, curve sketching, problems involving maxima and minima, differentiation of trigonometric functions, logarithmic and exponential functions, and inverse trigonometric functions
10. Integration: Primitive functions, definite integrals, areas between curves; integration of trigonometric functions, logarithmic and exponential functions, and inverse trigonometric functions


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Quiz Approx. 30 minutes 15 N Individual
Intra-session Exam 90 minutes 25 N Individual
Quiz Approx. 30 minutes 20 N Individual
End-of-session Exam Part 1: 2 hours + 30 min for submission online Part 2: Viva Voce 20 min per student 40 Y Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Croft, A & Davison, R (2008) Mathematics for engineers (3rd ed). Harlow: Pearson Prentice Hall, Harlow UK

Teaching Periods

Quarter 3 (2024)

Nirimba Education Precinct


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