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Maths Skills for Success at University - Kathy Brady

Maths Skills for Success at University

Paperback Published: 16th October 2017
ISBN: 9780190302931
Number Of Pages: 632

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Maths Skills for Success at University is an easy-to-use guide for students to prepare themselves for the essential mathematics skills they need to succeed at university, including:

Creating graphs and charts for assignments Using statistics for research projects Understanding the importance of accurate measurements for experiments or recipes.

This book is a comprehensive reference and revision guide that will provide you with the essential maths skills to conquer maths in class. The book is full of Australian examples preparing you for the maths you will encounter in your everyday life and while studying. It will give you the confidence to succeed and proves maths is not as scary as you think.

Learning Features
Chapter opening
objectives outline the key things you can learn from each chapter and are followed by a chapter opening examples which provides real life illustrations of the maths skills
Fully worked examples of a wide-range of problems are accompanied by further similar examples for you to practice your understanding of each concept.
Guided Practice Exercises help you fill in the blanks and work things out yourself to ensure you truly understand each concept. Solutions provided at the end of the book.
Critical thinking non-standard problems designed to improve mathematical reasoning and build a deeper understanding of each subject.
Margin notes include definitions of key terms and 'making connections' which to point to related topics in other sections of the book.
Summary points at the end of each chapter revise key concepts or skills that should have been gained from the chapter.
End of chapter review questions ensure readers can check they've understood all the key concepts and skills, with answers at the end of the book.

Poor explanations and errors in text


This book reads more like a rushed, last minute assignment than a professional textbook. It contains glaring mistakes in example problems. e.g. the text claims that 230/5=16. It's not just an innocent typo, the worked example is wrong from roughly halfway through. It should have been immediately obvious to the authors if they'd made a thorough second pass through their work. Unfortunately, this seems not to be the case. Furthermore, the explanations are just bad. e.g. "Probability is the study of chance and probability". Very descriptive. There are so many other instances of poor explanations in this book that I'm stunned anybody with math qualifications would put their name to it. You're much better of with the plethora of free online resources. Google any particular topic and you'll receive pages of quality matches that are mostly error free and actually give insight into a topic. My partner is required to use this text for her course. I have a degree in math and physics, so I'm familiar with all the methods in this book. I've also tutored this kind of math for many years. I wouldn't use this as a teaching resource even if it was free.



Maths Skills for Success at University

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It’s not as scary as you think!      Whole number fundamentals    Properties of whole numbers    Directed Numbers          Fractions              Decimals and Percentages          Ratio and Proportion      Exponents and Logarithms          Algebra fundamentals  Graphs and charts                          Geometry                          Measurement  Algebra: Solving Equations          Straight line graphs        Statistics              Counting and Probability

ISBN: 9780190302931
ISBN-10: 0190302933
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 632
Published: 16th October 2017
Publisher: Oxford University Press Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 24.9 x 20.5  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 1.32

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