# Mathematics Skills

## Maths Topics

### Arithmetic

### Print based materials

Print Materials to assist with any pre-requisite mathematics required in USQ courses. These materials are based on USQ's Tertiary Preparation Program. Mathematics modules are presented in increasing level of difficulty and complexity from Level A through to Level D.

**More than just numbers **(Level A)

- Our number system (including whole numbers, place value & estimation)
- Working with numbers (including power notation and the square root)
- Calculations involving negative numbers
- Order of calculations
- Fractions (including equivalent fractions, mixed numbers and improper fractions, calculating with fractions, addition and subtraction of fractions, multiplication of fractions and division of fractions)
- Decimals (including converting between decimals and fractions)

**The Power of Numbers **(Level A)

- Power notation
- Calculating with powers including multiplying powers, dividing powers, negative indices, the zero index, adding and subtracting powers, special powers, fractional indices, finding a power of a power and finding a power of a product)
- Common applications of powers (including scientific notation, the metric system, converting between units)

### Video based materials

You can also watch some **video snippets** for some of arithmetic concepts

**Calculating with negative numbers** (print handout)

This 10 minute video covers how to calculate with negative numbers.

**Order of operations** (print handout)

This 6 minute video covers the importance of the order of operations with examples

**Fractions** (print handout)

This 16 minute video covers:

- Equivalent fractions
- Mixed number and improper fractions
- Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

**Decimals: Fractions in other forms** (print handout)

This 11 minute video covers:

- the link between fractions and decimals
- converting between fractions and decimals
- percentages, including percentage increase and decrease
- rates.

You can also get help Mastering your calculator – free, easy to follow online booklets on a range of scientific calculators.