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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...

Why are black and white cats black and white? And why are there piebald horses?

Why are black and white cats black and white? And why are there piebald horses? Creative commons image Scorpions and Centaurs under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Jan 2016
Striped ponies and tuxedo cats might look gorgeous - but the mutation is a mild form of a much more serious cellular defect...

More or Less

More or Less Copyrighted image Copyright: © Doreen Salcher | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Jan 2016
BBC Radio 4's surprising and refreshing guide to statistics returns.

More or Less: interview with Tim Harford

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More or Less: interview with Tim Harford Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Duration 20 mins Updated 04 Jan 2016
Tim Harford, from More or Less, talks with Kevin McConway on why statistics matter and how they can impact the future.

OpenLearn Live: 5th November 2015

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Nov 2015
The dog who uncovered an amazing cave, and a very short introduction to Boolean logic. Then more free learning through the day.

Can we be sure the data on EU migration are correct?

Can we be sure the data on EU migration are correct? Creative commons image Caruso Penguin under CC-BY-NC licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Oct 2015
If we count everyone as a migrant every time they cross any border within the EU, how can we get a clear picture of migration numbers, asks Nando...

How to compare income across countries

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How to compare income across countries Copyrighted image Copyright: Wingspan Productions
Advanced level Duration 45 mins Updated 16 Sep 2015
When we want to compare figures from two different countries, what makes for a fair basis of comparison? Tony Hirst and Hans Rosling explain. 

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Diagrams, charts and graphs

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Diagrams, charts and graphs Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 21 Sep 2015
Diagrams, charts and graphs are used by all sorts of people to express information in a visual way, whether it's in a report by a colleague or a...

Numbers, units and arithmetic

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Numbers, units and arithmetic
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 27 Jul 2015
Do fractions and decimals make you apprehensive about maths? Do you lack confidence in dealing with numbers? If so, then this free course, Numbers,...

Ratio, proportion and percentages

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 29 Apr 2015
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 29 Apr 2015
From paving your patio to measuring the ingredients for your latest recipe, squares, roots and powers really are part of everyday life. This free...

Language, notation and formulas

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 30 Sep 2014
Communication is as vital in mathematics as in any language. This free course, Language, notation and formulas, will help you to express yourself...

Exploring distance time graphs

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Exploring distance time graphs Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 01 Sep 2014
Graphs are a common way of presenting information. However, like any other type of representation, graphs rely on shared understandings of symbols...

Rounding and estimation

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Rounding and estimation Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 01 Sep 2014
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 everywhere

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Maths everywhere Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 19 Aug 2014
This free course, Maths everywhere, explores reasons for studying mathematics, practical applications of mathematical ideas and aims to help you to...

Analysing skid marks

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 15 May 2014
This free course, Analysing skid marks, is the second in the series of five courses on mathematical modelling. In it you are asked to relate the...

Modelling heat transfer

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 14 May 2014
This free course, Modelling heat transfer, is the fourth in the series of five courses on mathematical modelling. In this course you will be taken...

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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 06 Feb 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 06 Feb 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 06 Feb 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 06 Feb 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 06 Feb 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 06 Feb 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 06 Feb 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 06 Feb 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 06 Feb 2016
Graduates who understand the commercial and economic environment and who are also highly numerate are in short supply. If you enjoy solving...