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Maths for Science

Sally Jordan, Shelagh Ross, and Pat Murphy

September 2012

ISBN: 9780199644964

400 pages
Paperback
263x210mm

Price: £37.99

Maths for Science overturns the misconception that maths is a daunting, theory-filled subject by providing a confidence-boosting overview of essential mathematical skills and techniques. Written in a clear, straightforward style, with examples and practice problems throughout, it is the ideal guide for all science students.

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Maths for Science overturns the misconception that maths is a daunting, theory-filled subject by providing a confidence-boosting overview of essential mathematical skills and techniques. Written in a clear, straightforward style, with examples and practice problems throughout, it is the ideal guide for all science students.

  • The ideal text for equipping students with the knowledge and skills to tackle the mathematical aspects of a science course with confidence
  • Extensive examples and questions actively encourage learning by doing
  • Remains focused throughout on the relevance of maths to science in the real world
  • Clear writing style makes the content easy to engage with
  • Online support for both lecturers and students enhances the educational value of this text

About the Author(s)

Sally Jordan, Senior Lecturer, The Open University, Shelagh Ross, Formerly Senior Lecturer, The Open University, and Pat Murphy, Visiting Senior Lecturer, The Open University

Sally Jordan is a senior lecturer in The Open University's Department of Physical Sciences and is a science staff tutor at The Open University in the East of England, responsible for the delivery of OU science modules throughout East Anglia. She has written teaching materials to develop mathematical skills across a range of Open University science modules, and is chair of the OU's introductory science module, Science Starts Here.

Shelagh Ross and Pat Murphy each have more than 30 years' experience of Open University teaching in physics, biology and interdisciplinary science across a range of levels.

Table of Contents

    1: Starting points
    2: Measurement in science
    3: Calculating in science
    4: Unit conversions
    5: Algebra
    6: Putting algebra to work
    7: Graphs and gradient
    8: Rate of change and differentiation
    9: Angles and trigonometry
    10: Logarithms
    11: Probability and descriptive statistics
    12: Statistical hypothesis testing

Reviews

"It is also good that they have devoted a whole chapter to the subject of units, which distinguishes this type of book from one written by a mathematician. This is certainly a book that I would consider using with more mathematically challenged students. Its presentation, coupled with starting at an appropriate level, make it one of the more accessible books on the market for this audience." - Paul Yates, Education in Chemistry