Why study math? There are at least three reasons:
Why should you study with Succeed with Math?
That depends who you are:
Here is a brief overview of the topics and ideas that you’ll engage in.
Unit 1: Math and You is designed to build math confidence, to start to develop problem-solving strategies, and to explore some of the study skills that you need to be successful in mathematics.
Unit 2: Getting Down to the Basics addresses these key areas: the history of numbers, using a number line, decimals, rounding, and estimating.
Unit 3: Everyday Math introduces the four basic math operations and some mental math strategies.
Unit 4: Math in Real World looks at more problem-solving strategies, as well as the importance of order of calculations and exponents.
Unit 5: Numbers Everywhere explores units of measurement, signed numbers, and reading and writing mathematics.
Unit 6: Parts of the Whole focuses on understanding and using fractions, and applying the four basic math operations to them.
Unit 7: Using Fractions reinforces strategies for what to do when you get stuck on a problem, using a real-life problem with fractions.
Unit 8: Relationships Among Numbers provides activities to address how numbers are used in daily life, and explores the connections among fractions, percentages, and ratios.
Unit 9: Exploring Patterns and Formulas explores some of these patterns to help you tackle a different variety of problems.
Unit 10: Investigating Geometric Shapes and Sizes is about how shapes and sizes can be measured.
Unit 11: Communicating with Data, Charts, and Graphs explores how we collect, record, analyze, interpret and use math in our everyday life.
Succeed with Math includes many different types of activities to bring math alive and to help you understand it. You will read through explanations and examples, and work through math activities that have hints and full solutions. You will regularly come across the following icons, which will tell you what sort of activity is coming up.
Don’t worry about how to use these at the moment. The first time a new activity is introduced instructions will be provided.
Try an activity to engage in the math.
These don’t require any special actions from you—just a pen and some paper!
Watch video clips or play games that bring topics to life, or read an article with more details on a topic.
View pencasts, in which a teacher explains step-by-step how to solve a problem.
Note that these pencasts are animated with an audio commentary. For these to work properly you will need the newest version of Adobe Reader (Adobe Reader X or higher), which you may need to download or update on your computer. Once Adobe Reader X has been installed you will need to ensure that it is the default program for PDF files to open in. It’s a good idea to do this now, so you have it when you need it. Click on this link and follow the instructions you are given.
Use a web calculator—this can be accessed from the Tools panel on the left of your screen at any time.
Try self-check problems and a brief quiz to test your understanding.
Listen to audio clips that give you some background on a topic.
For Unit 2 and following units, there are a pre and post quizzes for you to complete. You should do these quizzes as you come across them. They will help you when planning your studies, show you how far you have come already and also give you a bit more practice with the concepts covered. Unit 1 has only one quiz, which is included at the end of the unit. Give it a try when you come across it.
That depends on you, your goals, your previous background, and your skills. A reasonable estimate is between 80 and 100 hours. If you study at the rate of 8 hours a week over 10 weeks, or 4 hours a week over 20 weeks—see, you’re doing math already!—you may be able to complete everything in the units. But it might take you longer, and there is nothing wrong with that. There is also a chance that you may be quicker.
If you can add, subtract, multiply, and divide, then you are ready to go. In fact, because the course uses an online calculator, you will often have a choice as to what you do in your head and where you let the calculator help.
No, you won’t need to buy any text books to complete the course—but you will need a notebook to do the activities and take notes in.
You’ll be studying online using e-learning, the latest learning environment. But this doesn’t need many special techniques on your part. All that is required is that you:
At the end of most units, you’ll find these important sections:
Now that you've read this introduction, you can get started on Unit 1: Math and You.