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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 plan from your interior designer. This free course will teach you how to interpret these tools and how to use them yourself to convey information more effectively.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- draw and interpret scale diagrams
- extract information from tables
- draw, interpret and compare pie charts, bar charts and frequency diagrams
- use and interpret coordinates
- plot points and draw graphs, using suitable axes and scales.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Scale diagrams
- 2 Tables and charts
- 3 Coordinates and graphs
- 4 Open Mark quiz
- Keep on learning
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Diagrams, charts and graphs
This free course has two aims: firstly, to help you read and interpret information in the form of diagrams, charts and graphs, and secondly, to give you practice in producing such diagrams yourself.
To start you will deal with interpreting and drawing diagrams to a particular scale. You will then learn to extract information from tables and charts. Finally you will learn to draw graphs using coordinate axes, which is a very important mathematical technique.
This OpenLearn course provides a sample of level 1 study in.
This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Mathematics Education courses or view the range of currently available OU Mathematics Education courses.
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Originally published: Friday, 10th June 2011
Last updated on: Wednesday, 16th March 2016
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