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Tapping into mathematics
Do you have a graphics or scientific calculator? If so, this free course, Tapping into mathematics, will help you to understand the different functions and facilities available. With a focus on arithmetic, you will learn what a powerful tool this type of calculator can be.
Course learning outcomes
By the end of this free course you should have:
- started to become familiar with your scientific or graphics calculator and its use in investigating everyday problems;
- developed good practice in relation to calculator use;
- be able to use your calculator for the following:
- arithmetic involving the operations of +, −, ×, ÷ and the use of brackets;
- squaring and square rooting numbers;
- reciprocals and powers of numbers;
- calculations involving percentages, large and small numbers, scientific notation and ;
- be able to understand the concepts of a mathematical function and its inverse (doing and undoing), rounding answers appropriately, fixing the number of decimal places displayed by a calculator, storing numbers in a calculator memory.
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- Learning outcomes
- 1 Exploring your calculator
- 2 Using your calculator for basic arithmetic
- 3 Some calculator puzzles
- 4 Squares and other powers
- 5 Everyday calculations
- 6 Large and small numbers
- 7 Mathematical functions
- 8 Why a calculator?
- 9 When to use the calculator
- 10 Conclusion
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