Congratulations on making it to the end of this week and Succeed with maths – Part 1. You’ve come a long way in just eight weeks, starting from the very foundations of maths with how numbers are put together, through to tackling fractions and decimals, and finally building your confidence with negative numbers. What an achievement!
The skills that you have been building up over these eight weeks are not just about how to mechanically follow the rules that are written to help us with maths, but are also all about understanding what lies behind these rules. It is this basic understanding that will enable you to apply your new-found skills in different situations, and help you to solve problems that you have not seen before.
Studying university-level maths is about both of these aspects, as is the study of any other subject at university. This may sound more challenging than just following some rules, and it can be, but it is a satisfying and rewarding process that can change the way that you think and interact with the world around you. We hope that you enjoyed your journey over the last eight weeks and whatever your next steps wish you every success.
You should now be able to:
- further understand negative numbers
- work out everyday problems that involve negative numbers using multiplication and division
- understand exponents or powers of negative numbers
- understand the importance of clear mathematical communication and how to achieve this.