## Main Content

## Mathematics Skills

### Success in Maths at USQ

#### Success in Maths for Science

Students studying science 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 **MAT1100**.

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

**Arithmetic**

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

This 6 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 of fractions.

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

This 11 minute video covers:

- the link between fractions and decimals
- converting between fractions and decimals
- percentages
- rates.

**Algebra**

**Algebraic relationships** (print handout)

This 9 minute video introduces:

- translating from words to symbols (relationships)
- variables and expressions
- collecting like terms.

**Rearranging** **equations** (print handout)

This 12 minute video covers:

- substituting values into equations
- rearranging equations
- including a range of examples.

**Inequalities** (print Handout)

This 10 minute video covers graphing inequalities and rearranging inequalities.

**Index laws** (print handout)

This 12 minute video introduces:

- Power (or index) notation
- Power (or index) rules
- using power (or index) rules to simply expressions.

**Graphing and Geometry**

**Geometry** (print handout)

This 7 minute video covers common shapes and their characteristics.

**Pythagoras' Theorem** (print handout)

This 4 minute video covers using Pythagoras’ Theorem.

**Relationships as graphs** (print handout)

This 7 minute video covers the Cartesian co-ordinate system and drawing graphs.

**Gradient** (print handout)

This 7 minute video covers how to:

- find the gradient (or slope) of a straight (linear) line
- drawing a line using a point and the gradient.

**The linear equation** (print handout)

This 7 minute video covers:

- the linear equation
- finding the gradient and \(y\)-intercept
- the slope-point equation
- equations to special lines (e.g. horizontal and vertical lines).

**Exponential** **graphs** (print handout)

This 3 minute video introduces the exponential equation for growth and decay along with the corresponding graphs.

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