Mathematics Skills

Success in Maths at USQ

Success in Maths for IT

Students studying IT require a sound knowledge of mathematics.

To assist you if you have had bad experiences at school, not enough exposure to mathematics or the exposure was a number of years ago we have developed a series of videos.

These videos are based on the materials that is assumed in MAT1101 (found in the appendix of your study material (USQ username and password required)).

To view files click on the topic you wish to refresh. A copy of presentation is available for you to download (Printable Handout).

Index Laws (printable handout)

This 12 minute video introduces:

  • Power (or index) notation
  • Power (or index) rules
  • Using power (or index) rules to simplify expressions.


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Expanding Brackets (printable handout)

This 19 minute video covers:

  • Distributive Law
  • Expanding brackets (single, double and triple)
  • Common expansions to get to know

Factorising quadratic expressions (printable handout)

This 13 minute video covers:

  • Simple factorisation (adding one set of brackets)
  • Factorising quadratic expressions

Solving quadratic equations using factorisation  (printable handout)

This 7 minute video covers:

  • Quadratic equations
  • solving quadratic equations using factorisation

Solving quadratic equations using the quadratic formula (printable handout)

This 12 minute video covers:

  • Quadratic equations
  • The quadratic equation
  • Using the quadratic equation 
  • finding the number of solutions a quadratic equations will have.

Solving simultaneous equations (using the substitution method) (printable handout)

This 15 minute video covers the use of the substitution method to solve simultaneous equations (two unknown variables and two equations).

Solving simultaneous equations (using the elimination method) (printable handout)

This 16 minute video covers the use of the elimination method to solve simultaneous equations (two unknown variables and two equations).

Fractions (printable handout)

This 16 minute video covers

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

Algebraic fractions

This 11 minute  video steps though cancelling when there is algebraic terms in both the numerator and the denominator.