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When should you use a stacked area chart?

When should you use a stacked area chart? Copyright free image Copyright free: wokandapix
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Mar 2016
... or why you should never use stacked area charts, according to Dr Drang.

Returning to STEM: Register your interest

Returning to STEM: Register your interest Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Mar 2016
Get a preview of our new course, Returning to STEM, and sign up to be notified when it launches.

OpenLearn Live: 25th February 2016

OpenLearn Live: 25th February 2016 Creative commons image Ricardo Cabral under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Feb 2016
The wall once designed to repel which now attracts; and how to make sense of today's migration statistics. Then more free learning through the day.

More or Less

More or Less Copyrighted image Copyright: © Doreen Salcher | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Feb 2016
Tim Harford presents BBC Radio 4's surprising and refreshing guide to statistics in the news.

More confusing terms in statistics

More confusing terms in statistics Copyrighted image Copyright: Sunnycatty | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Feb 2016
Kevin McConway explains why statisticians use everyday words for not-so-everyday concepts - and how to translate what they really mean.

Why don't statistics reveal when sports matches have been fixed?

Why don't statistics reveal when sports matches have been fixed? Creative commons image Voo De Mar under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Jan 2016
Sport is awash in data - so you'd assume it'd be easy to tell if a game has been rigged on the whim of a shady gambling syndicate. It's not that...

OpenLearn Live: 20th January 2016

OpenLearn Live: 20th January 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: Public domain
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Jan 2016
Three mathematicians who made Berlin their home. Then more free learning through the day.

Additional efforts: Why we need to be better at maths

Additional efforts: Why we need to be better at maths Creative commons image Sami under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Jan 2016
We need to be better at maths - and the suggestion that only smart people can be good with numbers is holding a lot of us back.

OpenLearn Live: 13th January 2016

OpenLearn Live: 13th January 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: The National Library of Israel collections
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Jan 2016
The godfather of emoji, pictograms and data visualisation; All of JS Bach; Bowie's lyric app; IM privacy and then more free learning through...

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Ratio, proportion and percentages

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Ratio, proportion and percentages Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 25 Apr 2016
From politics to cookery, ratios, proportions and percentages are part of everyday life. This free course is designed to help you become more...

Squares, roots and powers

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 25 Apr 2016
From paving your patio to measuring the ingredients for your latest recipe, squares, roots and powers really are part of everyday life. This free...

Prices

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Prices Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 25 Apr 2016
This free course, Prices, looks at a wide variety of ways of comparing prices and the construction of a price index. You will also look at the...

Maths for science and technology

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Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 15 Apr 2016
Youre about to start a course in science and technology and you're wondering whether your level of maths is going to be enough to get you through....

Geometry

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Geometry Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 01 Apr 2016
Geometry is concerned with the various aspects of size, shape and space. In this free course you will explore the concepts of angles, shapes,...

Finding information in mathematics and statistics

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Finding information in mathematics and statistics Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 30 Mar 2016
This free course, Finding information in mathematics and statistics, will help you to identify and use information in maths and statistics, whether...

Exploring distance time graphs

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Exploring distance time graphs Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 29 Mar 2016
Graphs are a common way of presenting information. However, like any other type of representation, graphs rely on shared understandings of symbols...

Numbers: An introduction to subtraction

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Numbers: An introduction to subtraction Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 24 Mar 2016
Do you want to improve your ability to subtract one number from another, especially if decimals are involved, without having to rely on a...

Rounding and estimation

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 23 Mar 2016
Scientific calculators are a wonderful invention, but theyre only as good as the people who use them. If you often get an unexpected or ridiculous...

Maths for Science

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Introductory level Duration 14 hours Updated 22 Mar 2016
Observation, measurement and the recording of data are central activities in science. Speculation and the development of new theories are crucial...

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Graduate Diploma in Mathematics Education

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Graduate Diploma in Mathematics Education Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 25 May 2016
You don't need a specialist mathematics background to be an effective maths teacher. This professional development diploma course equips you with...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 25 May 2016
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 25 May 2016
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

Certificate of Higher Education in Mathematical Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Mathematical Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 25 May 2016
As well as being fascinating and intellectually rewarding, the study of mathematics is highly relevant to every aspect of modern society. Its tools...

Diploma of Higher Education in Mathematical Sciences

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Diploma of Higher Education in Mathematical Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 25 May 2016
Mathematics and statistics are vital in modern society, and indispensable to problem solving and decision making in a wide range of situations –...

BSc (Honours) Mathematics

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BSc (Honours) Mathematics Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 25 May 2016
From economic policy to scientific advancement, mathematics is indispensable to modern life. This degree course will give you a good understanding...

Diploma of Higher Education in Computing&IT&Second Subject

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Diploma of Higher Education in Computing&IT&Second Subject Creative commons image Sam I Are under CC-BY-NC-SA under Creative-Commons license
Duration 2400 hours Updated 25 May 2016
Computing and IT skills are hugely valued in the modern workplace; studied together with a second complementary subject they can give you an...

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 25 May 2016
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

BSc (Honours) Economics and Mathematical Sciences

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BSc (Honours) Economics and Mathematical Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 25 May 2016
Graduates who understand the commercial and economic environment and who are also highly numerate are in short supply. If you enjoy solving...