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Take a trip to infinity

Take a trip to infinity Creative commons image Credit: Guiseppe Savo under CC-BY-NC-ND licence
Updated 11 Apr 2014
The concept of ‘infinity’ has enchanted and perplexed the world’s leading mathematicians for centuries. Through her outreach work in schools, Dr...

How can we stop science, engineering and technology losing talented women?

How can we stop science, engineering and technology losing talented women? Copyright free image Credit: Public domain image via Wikicommons
Updated 06 Feb 2014
There's still a massive gender imbalance in university STEM subjects. What can be done to address this? Clem Herman has some ideas...

Talking primes

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Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 12 Jul 2012
What is so magical about prime numbers - and what makes them musical? The Material World wanted to find out...

Emmy Noether: Bucking the historical trends

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 May 2012
Mathematics isn't solely the pursuit of men. We should celebrate great thinkers like Emmy Noether and the superb work of women in mathematics today

Unscramble the clue to The Code

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jul 2011
Got your free mathematical puzzle? One of the clues to The Code Treasure Hunt can be found by unscrambling the puzzle on this page.

OU on the BBC: The Code - Froghopper hints and tips

OU on the BBC: The Code - Froghopper hints and tips
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Jul 2011
Improve your chances with the Froghopper game with these brilliant tips from our academics. Also check out our free learning units which will help...

Beating the bookies: The maths of a World Cup 2010 win

Beating the bookies: The maths of a World Cup 2010 win Copyrighted image Credit: Timsnell under CC-BY-ND licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Jul 2010
The World Cup is a statistician's dream - but can you use maths to break a bookie's bank and heart?

Penalty shoot out game

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Penalty shoot out game Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 10 Jun 2010
Are you going to waste it like Waddle or smash it like Shearer? Take our football penalty shoot out game to find out how you'd fare 

Ancient Mathematics

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Jan 2010
When did mathematics begin? A natural question to ask, but unfortunately a very difficult one to answer, explains June Barrow-Green

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Numbers: Getting to grips with division

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Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 17 Oct 2013
Do you want to improve your ability to divide one number from another, especially if decimals are involved, without having to rely on a calculator?...

Working mathematically

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Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
This unit is aimed at teachers who wish to review how they go about the practice of teaching mathematics, those who are considering becoming...

Surfaces

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Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 18 Aug 2011
Surfaces are a special class of topological spaces that crop up in many places in the world of mathematics. In this unit, you will learn to...

Exploring data: Graphs and numerical summaries

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Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 27 Jul 2011
This Unit will introduce you to a number of ways of representing data graphically and of summarising data numerically. You will learn the uses for...

Babylonian mathematics

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Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 08 Jul 2011
This unit looks at Babylonian mathematics. You will learn how a series of discoveries have enabled historians to decipher stone tablets and study...

John Napier

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Intermediate level Duration 3 hours Updated 08 Jul 2011
Scotsman John Napier is best known to for his treatise on Protestant religion. However, it was his interest in a completely different subject that...

Complex numbers

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Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 28 Jun 2011
You may have met complex numbers before, but not had experience in manipulating them. This unit gives an accessible introduction to complex numbers...

Real functions and graphs

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Real functions and graphs Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 28 Jun 2011
Sometimes the best way to understand a set of data is to sketch a simple graph. This exercise can reveal hidden trends and meanings not clear from...

Mathematical language

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Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 28 Jun 2011
In our everyday lives we use we use language to develop ideas and to communicate them to other people. In this unit we examine ways in which...

An introduction to complex numbers

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Advanced level Duration 16 hours Updated 13 Jun 2011
This unit looks at complex numbers. You will learn how they are defined, examine their geometric representation and then move on to looking at the...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
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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Duration 3000 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
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 Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
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 Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
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 and its Learning

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Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
Mathematics education has long been a government priority. This unique degree course will give you an understanding of how people learn mathematics...

BSc (Honours) Mathematics

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BSc (Honours) Mathematics Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
From economic policy to scientific advancement, mathematics is indispensable to modern life. This degree course will give you a good understanding...

BSc (Honours) Economics and Mathematical Sciences

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BSc (Honours) Economics and Mathematical Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
Graduates who understand the commercial and economic environment and who are also highly numerate are in short supply. If you enjoy solving...

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
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) Mathematics and Statistics

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BSc (Honours) Mathematics and Statistics Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
Mathematics and statistics play an important role in almost every area of life, and are at the heart of advances in science and technology. They’re...

BSc (Honours) Computing&IT and a second subject

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BSc (Honours) Computing&IT and a second subject Creative commons image Credit: Sam I Are under CC-BY-NC-SA Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
Computing and IT skills are hugely valued in the modern workplace; studied together with a second complementary subject they can open up careers in...