Math for Science OpenCourseWare: The Open University's Free Undergraduate Math Course for Scientists

Published Feb 13, 2009

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'Math for Science' is a free OpenCourseWare that is provided by The Open University and is concerned with preparing students with the fundamental mathematics knowledge and skills necessary for success in science courses. Students who have an interest in biology, chemistry, physics or those completing bachelor's degree programs, such as the Bachelor of Science in Biostatistics, will find the information contained in this undergraduate-level unit to be beneficial.

Math for Science: Course Specifics

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Math for Science: Course Description

'Math for Science' is a free OpenCourseWare that focuses on the role of mathematics in the field of science. The course intends to provide students with an understanding of mathematical concepts and the capacity to perform mathematical computations. This OpenCourseware, which is provided by courtesy of The Open University's Mathematics and Statistics Department, examines the mathematical aspects of science, including how data is observed, measured and recorded. In addition, there is a detailed review of probability and descriptive statistics. Students study measurement topics, including large quantities and small quantities and the units and scales of measurements. The course also focuses on teaching students how to select proper measurement tools. The section of the course on probability and statistics concentrates on the use of statistical techniques for categorizing and explaining data. Some of the topics that students will look at include chance and probability, probability and common sense, the distribution of repeated measurements and how to calculate the mean and standard deviation for a set of data.

Course materials include online unit notes, a discussion forum and more. If you would like to download the course materials or learn more, go to the mathematics for science course page.

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