Number Systems OpenCourseWare: The Open University's Free Bachelor Level Math Course on Number Systems

Published Feb 12, 2009

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Using systems of numbers as a way of counting or identifying the quantity of something has been around as far back as 2400 B.C. and is evident in many ancient civilizations, including Babylonians, Egyptians, Greeks, Mayans and Romans. 'Number Systems' is a free OpenCourseWare offered by the Open University that examines systems of numbers and methods for using the numbers that make up the system. Students interested in mathematics, computer science or engineering will benefit from the bachelor-level information contained in this course.

Number Systems: Course Specifics

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Number Systems: Course Description

Number systems are a group of characters used to measure quantities for the purposes of counting, ascertaining order, comparing amounts, performing computations and signifying values. This OpenCourseWare considers the diverse methods of using a system of numbers with the procedures for linking number in the systems. Emphasis is placed on investigating the characters that possess additive and/or multiplicative inverses and solving various polynomial equations, such as quadratic and linear equations. 'Numbers Systems' is a free course is provided by The Open University's Mathematics and Statistics Department. This course is divided into four main sections, real numbers, complex numbers, modular arithmetic and equivalence relations. Students will develop an understanding of a variety of number systems by studying a wide range of additional topics, including the polynomial roots, polar forms, complex planes and complex exponential functions. There is also a comprehensive review of modular arithmetic, a tool that is commonly used in number theory. This undergraduate-level course is intended for students studying Mathematics or related fields.

The materials for this course include online unit notes, a discussion forum, knowledge map and a learning journal. If you would like to take this course, visit the number systems course page.

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