WELCOME TO THIS PAGE INTENDED FOR STUDENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE REGISTERED IN 2010 FOR THE MODULE:
T1 W1 L2
Refer to your QSF 132 Course Outline which provides you with reasons why it is compulsory to buy the relevant Course Reader ( pp.2 and 9).
It is essential that you work through the Course Reader systematically. In particular you must carefully read through the Introduction, pp. 19 to 23.
MATHEMATICAL LANGUAGE : mathematical symbols and concepts; reading skills.
The appendices 6.1, 6.2, 6.3 and 6.4 relate closely to some of the work covered in Unit 1.
You may find this unit difficult to follow, since it treats the course outcomes holistically. In other words, the discussions require the reader to refer to basic mathematical skills and concepts, which only afterwards are dealt with in greater depth. The underlying reason for this approach is that the business world is a complex human occurrence, and if the course is offered in a piecemeal fashion, the required level of development to pass your B.Com. exams, may not be realized!
The main purpose of the unit is to ensure proper understanding of basic concepts and terms, by means of some examples.
p.25 : PERCENTAGE: Make sure that you know what a percentage is. In Gateway 1 you have to know the differences between fractions, decimal fractions and percentages.
p.33 : FORMULA : Make sure that you understand what a formula is, and what for example, the difference between an equation and a formula is.
p.27 : It is important that you demonstrate proper understanding of mathematical symbols. For example, why is
STUDY THE EXAMPLES pp.32 (on VAT); 36 (on the SA population); 44: (division by zero is not defined) very carefully.
T1 W 1 L3
FRACTIONS AND THE CALCULATOR.
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