Starting with maths: Patterns and formulas
Starting with maths: Patterns and formulas

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

Free course

Starting with maths: Patterns and formulas

Starting with maths: Patterns and formulas

Introduction

Patterns occur everywhere in art, nature, science and especially mathematics. Being able to recognise, describe and use these patterns is an important skill that helps you to tackle a wide variety of different problems. This course explores some of these patterns ranging from ancient number patterns to the latest mathematical research. It also looks at some useful practical applications. You will see how to describe some patterns mathematically as formulas and how these can be used to solve problems both by hand and using a computer spreadsheet. At the end of the course, you can even have a go at an unsolved mathematical problem! Between 2000 and 2002, a $1 000 000 prize was offered for its solution – that's just to show you that there is still a lot of very exciting mathematics to be discovered and also that everybody – you, me and all great mathematicians – do get stuck with mathematics somewhere!

You won't need a computer to do this though!

This OpenLearn course provides a sample of level 1 study in Mathematics & Statistics [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]

Skip Your course resources
Y162_2

Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to University-level study, we offer two introductory routes to our qualifications. You could either choose to start with an Access module, or a module which allows you to count your previous learning towards an Open University qualification. Read our guide on Where to take your learning next for more information.

Not ready for formal University study? Then browse over 1000 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus371