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Biofuels free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Biofuels

This free course, Biofuels, investigates what is meant by a biofuel and covers the advantages of using biofuels compared with fossil fuels. The different types of biofuel are explored, with particular emphasis on transport biofuels. Finally, the issue of whether biofuels are the complete answer to our future energy needs is considered.

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5 hrs
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Forensic science and fingerprints free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Health, Sports & Psychology

Forensic science and fingerprints

This free course, Forensic science and fingerprints, covers how science can make fingerprints easier to study, how they are used in court and some of the questions about the extent to which fingerprint identification is sound and scientific. Students will learn the principles used in classifying and matching fingerprints (often called marks).

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10 hrs
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Babylonian mathematics free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Babylonian mathematics

This free course looks at Babylonian mathematics. You will learn how a series of discoveries has enabled historians to decipher stone tablets and study the various techniques the Babylonians used for problem-solving and teaching. The Babylonian problem-solving skills have been described as remarkable and scribes of the time received a training ...

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8 hrs
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Introduction to analysis free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Introduction to analysis

This free course is an introduction to analysis which looks at real numbers and their properties, with a particular emphasis on inequalities. Section 1 starts by revising rational numbers and their decimal representations. Then, real numbers are introduced as infinite decimals. Section 2 looks at rules for manipulating inequalities and finding ...

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16 hrs
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Second-order differential equations free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Second-order differential equations

This free course is concerned with second-order differential equations. Section 1 introduces some basic principles and terminology. Sections 2 and 3 give methods for finding the general solutions to one broad class of differential equations, that is, linear constant-coefficient second-order differential equations. Section 2 covers homogeneous ...

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16 hrs
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IT: Technology news free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Science, Maths & Technology

IT: Technology news

To develop as an independent, confident learner you will need to learn the study skills involved in reading articles, taking notes and summarising the information that you have obtained from an article. This free course, IT: Technology news, explores the use of the Web as a resource for keeping up to date, looking in particular at how to assess ...

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8 hrs
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Everyday maths 1 (Wales) free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Everyday maths 1 (Wales)

This free course will develop and improve your essential maths skills for work, study and everyday life. The course has four sessions, which cover the following topics: numbers, measurement, shapes and space, and handling data. There will be plenty of examples to help you progress, together with opportunities to practise your understanding. A...

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48 hrs
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Introduction to cyber security: stay safe online free course icon level 1: introductory icon Badge icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Introduction to cyber security: stay safe online

This free course, Introduction to cyber security: stay safe online, will help you to understand online security and start to protect your digital life, whether at home or work. You will learn how to recognise the threats that could harm you online and the steps you can take to reduce the chances that they will happen to you.

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24 hrs
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Introduction to polymers free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Introduction to polymers

This free course, Introduction to polymers, examines the use of polymers and demonstrates how their properties are controlled by their molecular structure. You will learn how this structure determines which polymer to use for a particular product. You will also explore the manufacturing techniques used and the how the use of polymerisation can ...

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20 hrs
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Internet of everything free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Internet of everything

The internet of everything (IoE) is the networked connection of people, process, data and things. As more people, data and things come online, we develop processes to harness the vast amounts of information being generated by all these connected people and things. The goal of this free course is to introduce you to fundamental concepts and ...

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15 hrs
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Innovation through representation free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Innovation through representation

Innovations are realised through design, and some of the most useful tools in the designer's toolbox are the representations that are used to move from a vague idea, to a concept, and then to a realised product, service or system. This free course, Innovation through representation, explores what innovation is and how representations are used to...

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15 hrs
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An introduction to electronics free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Science, Maths & Technology

An introduction to electronics

Electronics is fundamental to modern life. Using an interactive website, videos, and easy-to-use electronic circuit design and simulation software, this free course, An introduction to electronics, will show how electronic devices and systems pervade everything we do, and teach some of the basic ideas.

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10 hrs