# 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 17 minute video introduces:

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

**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** (printable handout)

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