Mathematical Language OpenCourseWare: The Open University's Free Undergraduate Mathematical Language Course

Published Feb 12, 2009

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'Mathematical Language:' is a free course being offered by the Open University that focuses on introducing students to the mathematical language needed for communicating a variety of complex mathematical theories. Students who are interested in disciplines such as engineering, computer science and those completing undergraduate degree programs, such as the Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics, will have a better understanding of mathematics terminology and concepts upon the completion of this intermediate-level course.

Mathematical Language: Course Specifics

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Mathematical Language: Course Description

As is the case in any field of study, mathematics is a discipline that has its own terminology and language. Mathematical jargon used for expressing mathematical thought can include numbers, geometric shapes, functions, triangles and matrices. It also includes more complicated terms and ideas such as vector spaces and infinite series. The Open University's Mathematics and Statistics Department offers this free course entitled, 'Mathematical Language,' which investigates mathematical objects and explains them in standardized language that is interpreted the same by everyone and which lessens the chance for misinterpretation. It exposes students to an array of fundamental mathematical jargon that is required for articulating a variety of mathematical ideas including sets, functions, the language of proof and two identities. For example, the course content dealing with sets begins with a definition of sets and examines concepts such as set notation, plane sets, set operations. Students can expect to learn how to use set notation, find the image of a given function, determine the inverse of a given one-one function, read and comprehend the logic of complex proofs. The course also includes information on the history and use of the Binomial Theorem and the Polynomial Factorization Theorem.

The materials for this OpenCourseWare consist of downloadable PDF files and various tools, including a discussion forum, learning journal and knowledge map that are designed to enhance the students' learning experience; in addition the course can be downloaded in a variety of formats. If you would like to take this free course, go to the mathematics language course page.

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