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Youre about to start a course in science and technology and you're wondering whether your level of maths is going to be enough to get you through. This free course, Maths for science and technology, will show you how to reflect on what you know, identify which skills you might need for your course, and help you to learn those skills using worked examples and activities.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- understand the following mathematical concepts: indices; equations and algebra; units, significant figures and scientific notation; basic trigonometry; logarithms
- draw on a list of references to further reading and sources of help to improve maths skills.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- Maths for science and technology
- 1 Preamble
- 2 Reflection on mathematics
- 3 Indices
- 4 Equations and algebra
- 5 Units, significant figures and scientific notation
- 6 Basic trigonometry
- 7 Logarithms
- 8 Further reading and sources of help
- Keep on learning
Study this free course
Enrol to access the full course, get recognition for the skills you learn, track your progress and on completion gain a statement of participation to demonstrate your learning to others. Make your learning visible!
Maths for science and technology
How do you feel about the mathematics in your course materials? It is quite possible that you do not feel as confident as you would like. If you have not done any mathematics recently, you may feel that you need to refresh your memory or there may be a specific topic that you never really fully understood.
Other students have said:
When I'm faced with a triangle, I never know which trig ratio to use.
I'm alright until I get to the point where a question asks me to use logs to solve a problem, then my mind goes blank.
This course is one in a series of Student Toolkits; there are others to help you with such things as note taking, essay and report writing, effective use of English, revision and examinations, and working with charts, graphs and tables.
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Originally published: Friday, 15th April 2016
Last updated on: Friday, 15th April 2016
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