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This free course, Maths everywhere, explores reasons for studying mathematics, practical applications of mathematical ideas and aims to help you to recognise mathematics when you come across it. It introduces the you to the graphics calculator, and takes you through a series of exercises from the Calculator Book, Tapping into Mathematics With the TI-83 Graphics Calculator. The course ends by asking you to reflect on the process of studying mathematics. In order to complete this free course you will need to have obtained a Texas Instruments TI-83 calculator and the book Tapping into Mathematics With the TI-83 Graphics Calculator (ISBN 0201175479).
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- Give an opinion of what mathematics is
- recognise different types of written mathematics
- tackle mathematical problems using a calculator , demonstrating an understanding for basic arithmetic, percentages, square roots, reciprocals and powers
- express and interpret numbers in scientific notation, both in writing and with the use of a calculator
- give some examples of common mathematical ‘doing–undoing’ pairs of operations.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- Why study mathematics?
- 1 What is mathematics?
- 1 Aims
- 1.1 Mathematics and you
- Learning through video clips
- Maths as others see it
- 1.2 Recognizing mathematics
- Examples 1 and 2
- Examples 3 and 4
- Recognizing mathematics, continued
- Investigating the investigation
- Packaging the pictures
- Puzzling out the Soma cube
- Does it make sense?
- When it doesn't make sense …
- Introducing algebra
- 1.3 What is a mathematician?
- Stressing and ignoring
- A mathematical muse
- 2 Tapping into your calculator
- 3 Studying mathematics
- Keep on learning
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This course explores reasons for studying mathematics, practical applications of mathematical ideas and aims to help you to recognize mathematics when you come across it. It introduces the you to the graphics calculator, and takes you through a series of exercises from the Calculator Book, Tapping into Mathematics With the TI-83 Graphics Calculator. The course ends by asking you to reflect on the process of studying mathematics.
In order to complete this course you will need to have obtained a Texas Instruments TI-83 calculator and the book Tapping into Mathematics With the TI-83 Graphics Calculator by Barrie Galpin and Alan Graham (eds), Addison Wesley, 1997 (ISBN 0201175479).
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, 22nd July 2011
Last updated on: Tuesday, 15th March 2016
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