Mathematics 101: Building a Solid Foundation

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Overcome your lingering fear of math with this personal tour guide to clearly lead you through the maze of math skills

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Created by
Gurmeet Grewal

Last updated 4/2016

English

What Will I Learn?

- At the end of my course, you will be able to apply the concepts & techniques learned to work out basic math problems from adding numbers, figuring out that most dreaded value of x, to calculating the odds of Team Go winning the cricket match while helping you get past any lingering fear you may feel toward math in general. So whether you are an adult or a student, or whether you have always been daunted by numbers at work, school, or in everyday life, you won't find a better way of overcoming your nervousness about numbers & learning to enjoy making the most of mathematics.

Requirements

- As this course can act as a springboard to intermediate levels, or a refresher for some, a very rudimentary knowledge of mathematics may be necessary, & other than that, there are no prerequisites as it covers the very basics of the subject. A scientific calculator will be needed for some lectures, for example, roots & logarithms, & trigonometry.

Description

For those who get jittery whenever anything faintly related to math is brought up, think that math is difficult, confusing, dull or just plain scary, then this course is your ideal companion. It covers all the basics from the four arithmetical operations, fractions, decimals, to probability & statistics, leading you clearly & surely towards a greater understanding of this fascinating subject. Even apparently daunting concepts are explained simply, with the assistance of useful diagrams, & with a refreshing lack of jargon. It has 30 lectures in video format totaling 4.25 hours. The contents of the lectures are pre-formatted & presented consistently with no delivery pauses, so there is no waiting time involved in writing out a particular concept or problem on a white board which is the norm with many such courses. It starts out with the concept of numbers, then onto the four basic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, & division, onto primes, factors, & multiples, negative numbers, fractions, decimals, powers, scientific notation, roots, logarithms, percentages, proportions, ratios, algebra, equations, lines & angles, 2-D & 3-D shapes, polygons & polyhedra, geometry, trigonometry, coordinates, graphs, statistics, probability, & finally to charts. To test your level of understanding of the concepts learned from each lecture, resources in the form of problems for each of the subject-related topics are available in the Question & Answer & Practice makes Perfect downloadable documents. This course is unique in the sense that it starts out with the most fundamental concept, that is numbers, & gradually builds upon each topic so that by the end of Lecture 30, a coherent perspective of the fundamentals of mathematics is formed while helping you get past any aversion you may feel toward the subject in general.

Who is the target audience?

- The target audience is a student who wants a solid understanding of the basics of mathematics as a springboard to intermediate levels, an adult who wants to improve skills in arithmetic, fractions, decimals, percentages, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, & so on for when he/she has to use math in the real world, & someone who wants a refresher so he/she can help another person (e.g. a sibling or child) understand math. The intention of this course is to rekindle the basic workings of mathematics in your mind, whether you are a high school, college, or university graduate or even a career-minded professional whose mathematical thought processes have declined over the years, with a focus on getting you to confidently depend on your inherent mathematical skills.

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