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Language, notation and formulas
Communication is as vital in mathematics as in any language. This free course, Language, notation and formulas, will help you to express yourself clearly when writing and speaking about mathematics. You will also learn how to answer questions in the manner that is expected by the examiner.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- lay out and, where appropriate, label simple mathematical arguments
- understand the precise mathematical meaning of certain common English words
- understand and use common mathematical symbols
- write clear, unambiguous mathematical solutions using appropriate notation
- identify and modify some sources of ambiguity or inappropriate use of notation in a mathematical solution.
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- Learning outcomes
- 1 Communicating mathematics
- 2 Reading mathematics
- 2 Reading mathematics
- 2.1 Layout
- 2.2 Using the equals sign
- 2.3 Link words
- 2.4 Labelling lines
- 2.5 Vocabulary
- 2.6 Making sense of symbols
- 2.7 Powers and roots
- 2.8 Relationship symbols
- 3 Formulas
- 4 The format of questions
- 5 Approaches to problem solving
- 6 Writing out solutions
- 7 OpenMark quiz
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Level 1: Introductory
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