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OpenLearn Live: 20th January 2016

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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.

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...

OpenLearn Live: 5th November 2015

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OpenLearn Live: 5th November 2015 Copyright free image Copyright free: Public domain
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.

OU on the BBC: More or Less - Obesity Projections, Global Footprint, Street Value of Drugs

OU on the BBC: More or Less - Obesity Projections, Global Footprint, Street Value of Drugs Creative commons image e-Magine Art under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 12 Jun 2015
As the series draws to a close, Tim Harford and the More or Less team are packing in the statistical goodies so that you can go into numerical...

Opinion polls in a nutshell

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Opinion polls in a nutshell Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Apr 2015
Have opinion polls got you baffled? Fear not - Professor Kevin McConway explains opinion polls in these short videos. 

What do I need to know about the SIM hack?

What do I need to know about the SIM hack? Creative commons image yum9me under CC-BY-NC-ND licence under Creative-Commons license
Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Feb 2015
Revelations that security forces have broken the protection of mobile phone technology are a real concern. Mike Richards explains why - and how the...

Past-Time Lover: Albert Einstein

Past-Time Lover: Albert Einstein Copyrighted image Copyright: Neil Arnold
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Feb 2015
This article is part of a collection produced for Valentine’s Day. Who would you select for your Valentine from these iconic figures from history?...

The Golden Ratio: Possibly the best rectangle in the world

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The Golden Ratio: Possibly the best rectangle in the world Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Nov 2014
Our animation introduces the Golden Ratio and how mathematics itself conveys what is beautiful.

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Number systems

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Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 15 Mar 2016
Number systems and the rules for combining numbers can be daunting. This free course, Number systems, will help you to understand the detail of...

Complex numbers

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Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 15 Mar 2016
You may have met complex numbers before, but not had experience in manipulating them. This free course gives an accessible introduction to complex...

An introduction to complex numbers

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Advanced level Duration 16 hours Updated 15 Mar 2016
In this free course, An introduction to complex numbers, you will learn how complex numbers are defined, examine their geometric representation and...

Egyptian mathematics

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Intermediate level Duration 9 hours Updated 15 Mar 2016
The Egyptians are known for being ahead of their time in comparison to some civilisations that came after them. This free course, Egyptian...

John Napier

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Intermediate level Duration 3 hours Updated 15 Mar 2016
This free course looks at Scotsman John Napier, best known to for his treatise on Protestant religion. However, it was his interest in a completely...

Babylonian mathematics

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Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 15 Mar 2016
This free course looks at Babylonian mathematics. You will learn how a series of discoveries has enabled historians to decipher stone tablets and...

Numbers: Getting to grips with division

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Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 07 Mar 2016
Do you want to improve your ability to divide one number into another, especially if decimals are involved, without having to rely on a calculator?...

Working mathematically

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Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 22 Feb 2016
This free course, Working mathematically, is aimed at teachers who wish to review how they go about the practice of teaching mathematics, those who...

Surfaces

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Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 22 Feb 2016
Surfaces are a special class of topological spaces that crop up in many places in the world of mathematics. In this free course, you will learn to...

Exploring data: Graphs and numerical summaries

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Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 22 Feb 2016
This free course, Exploring data: graphs and numerical summaries, will introduce you to a number of ways of representing data graphically and of...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 24 Jun 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 24 Jun 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 Jun 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 Jun 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 Jun 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 Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 25 Jun 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 Jun 2016
Graduates who understand the commercial and economic environment and who are also highly numerate are in short supply. If you enjoy solving...

BSc (Honours) Mathematics and its Learning

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BSc (Honours) Mathematics and its Learning Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 25 Jun 2016
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 and Statistics

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BSc (Honours) Mathematics and Statistics Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 25 Jun 2016
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 Sam I Are under CC-BY-NC-SA under Creative-Commons license
Duration 3600 hours Updated 25 Jun 2016
Computing and IT skills are hugely valued in the modern workplace; studied together with a second complementary subject they can open up careers in...