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The Open University

Succeed with maths: part 1

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Overview

Does maths feel like a bit of a mystery to you? Are you looking to improve your confidence in using maths in a variety of everyday situations? If so, this free course, Succeed with maths: part 1, is for you.Beginning with the very foundations of maths, this course will start by looking at how numbers are put together, before guiding you through how to use percentages, fractions and negative numbers. Taking real-life examples you will have the opportunity to practise your new skills and build your confidence in using maths to solve problems in everyday life and the wider world.This course will encourage you to not just mechanically follow the rules that are written to help with maths, but to also gain an understanding and appreciation of what lies behind these rules.TranscriptEnrolling on the course will give you the opportunity to earn an Open University digital badge. Badges are not accredited by The Open University but they're a great way to demonstrate your interest in the subject and commitment to your career, and to provide evidence of continuing professional development.Once you are signed in, you can manage your digital badges online from My OpenLearn. In addition, you can download and print your OpenLearn statement of participation - which also displays your Open University badge.The Open University would really appreciate a few minutes of your time to tell us about yourself and your expectations for the course before you begin, in our optional start-of-course survey. Once you complete the course we would also value your feedback and suggestions for future improvement, in our optional end-of-course survey. Participation will be completely confidential and we will not pass on your details to others.This course is accredited by the CPD Standards Office. It can be used to provide evidence of continuing professional development and on successful completion of the course you will be awarded 24 CPD points. Evidence of your CPD achievement is provided on the free Statement of Participation awarded on completion.Anyone wishing to provide evidence of their enrolment on this course is able to do so by sharing their Activity Record on their OpenLearn Profile, which is available before completion of the course and earning of the Statement of Participation.

Syllabus

  • Introduction and guidance
  • Introduction and guidance
  • What is a badged course?
  • How to get a badge
  • Acknowledgements
  • Week1Week 1: Solving puzzles
  • Introduction
  • 1 Puzzles and real-world maths
  • 2 Problem solving
  • 3 Understanding numbers
  • 3.1 Parts of the whole – decimal numbers
  • 4 Addition
  • 5 Subtraction
  • 5.1 Subtracting one number from another
  • 6 Multiplication
  • 6.1 Everyday multiplication
  • 7 Division
  • 8 Does order matter for multiplication and division?
  • 9 This week's quiz
  • 10 Summary of Week 1
  • Acknowledgements
  • Week2Week 2: Working with numbers
  • Introduction
  • 1 Fractions and decimals
  • 2 Rounding
  • 3 Getting to know your calculator
  • 3.1 Another calculator activity
  • 4 Exponents or powers
  • 4.1 Calculator exploration: exponents
  • 5 Order of operations
  • 6 Using maths in the real world
  • 6.1 Maths cycle in practice: insulating the attic
  • 7 Problem-solving strategies
  • 8 This week's quiz
  • 9 Summary of Week 2
  • Acknowledgements
  • Week3Week 3: Parts of the whole
  • Introduction
  • 1 Fractions
  • 1.1 Folding paper
  • 2 Equivalent fractions
  • 2.1 Working with equivalent fractions
  • 3 Fractions of a group
  • 3.1 Thinking more about fractions
  • 4 Mixed numbers
  • 4.1 Improper fractions
  • 5 Fractions – bringing it all together
  • 6 This week's quiz
  • 7 Summary of Week 3
  • References
  • Acknowledgements
  • Week4Week 4: More parts of the whole
  • Introduction
  • 1 Adding and subtracting fractions
  • 1.1 The process of adding and subtracting
  • 1.2 Adding and subtracting mixed numbers
  • 1.3 Reporting results using fractions
  • 2 Multiplying fractions
  • 2.1 Multiplying mixed numbers and fractions
  • 2.2 Practical multiplication
  • 3 Dividing fractions
  • 3.1 Practising dividing fractions
  • 3.2 Dividing mixed numbers and fractions
  • 3.3 Dividing mixed numbers and fractions – more examples
  • 4 Fractions on your calculator
  • 5 This week's quiz
  • 6 Summary of Week 4
  • References
  • Acknowledgements
  • Week5Week 5: Relationships among numbers
  • Introduction
  • 1 Percentages
  • 2 Writing a percentage as a fraction or decimal
  • 3 Writing a decimal as a percentage
  • 4 Writing a fraction as a percentage
  • 5 Converting between percentages, decimals and fractions
  • 6 Finding a percentage of a number
  • 7 What percentage is it?
  • 8 Facts and figures
  • 9 This week's quiz
  • 10 Summary of Week 5
  • References
  • Acknowledgements
  • Week6Week 6: Percentage calculations and ratios
  • Introduction
  • 1 Using percentages
  • 1.1 Finding a percentage of a value
  • 1.2 Money
  • 2 Percentage increase or decrease
  • 2.1 Calculating a result following a percentage increase or decrease
  • 2.2 Does the order of percentage change calculations matter?
  • 2.3 Calculating original amounts
  • 3 Percentage points
  • 4 Ratios
  • 4.1 Ratios in recipes
  • 5 This week's quiz
  • 6 Summary of Week 6
  • References
  • Acknowledgements
  • Week7Week 7: Negative numbers
  • Introduction
  • 1 Understanding negative numbers
  • 2 More practical uses of negative numbers
  • 2.1 Determining if a value is positive or negative
  • 3 Addition and subtraction on the number line
  • 4 Adding and subtracting negative numbers
  • 5 Rules for negatives
  • 6 Calculator exploration: negative numbers
  • 7 This week's quiz
  • 8 Summary of Week 7
  • Acknowledgements
  • Week8Week 8: Sharing maths with others
  • Introduction
  • 1 Multiplication and division with negative numbers
  • 1.1 Investigating multiplication by a negative number
  • 1.2 Rules for multiplication and division of signed numbers
  • 1.3 Using negative numbers in golf
  • 2 Calculator exploration: exponents with negative numbers
  • 3 Wrapping up negative numbers
  • 4 Reading and writing mathematics
  • 4.1 Writing mathematics
  • 4.2 Understanding a solution
  • 5 This week's quiz
  • 6 Summary of Week 8
  • Where next?
  • Tell us what you think
  • Acknowledgements

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