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How many times have you used mathematics today? Starting with Maths takes a detailed look into the history behind numbers and how mathematics has evolved into something we use in everyday life. We hear the experiences of people who rely heavily on accurate calculations for the success of their jobs. In addition to this we look into the lives of 12 OU students as they explain how studying makes them feel ‘on top of the world’. This material forms part of the course: Y162 Starting with maths.

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Track 1: Starting with Maths

A short introduction to this album.


© The Open University 2009


Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Starting with Maths    A short introduction to this album. Play now Starting with Maths
2 A brief history of numbers    Starting in Africa 20,000 years ago, trace the history of numbers through time, including Egyptian use of fractions and the problems of Roman numerals. Today numbers help us learn solve complex problems. But what of the future? Play now A brief history of numbers
3 Graphs and Tables    We find out from Mark Davis and Water Bailiff Jim Smith how graphical representation of environmental data helps them understanding what's going on with the Sussex River Ouse. Play now Graphs and Tables
4 Student views on the OU    OU students talking about the benefits to them of studying with the OU Play now Student views on the OU
5 Finding space and time for studying    OU students talking about how they found the space and time to study, and what has kept them motivated. Play now Finding space and time for studying
6 The tutor experience    OU Students talking about the experiences that they had with their tutors. Play now The tutor experience
7 The best part of studying with the OU    OU students talking about how studying with the OU has made them feel. Play now The best part of studying with the OU