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Language, notation and formulas
Communication is as vital in mathematics as in any language. This unit will help you to express yourself clearly when writing and speaking about mathematics. You will also learn how to answer questions in the manner that is expected by the examiner.
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Open mathematics  MU120
Language, notation and formulas

Introduction

Introduction

1 Communicating mathematics

1.1 Writing mathematics

1.2 Talking and writing mathematics

2 Reading mathematics

2.1 Layout

2.2 Using the equals sign

2.3 Link words

2.4 Labelling lines

2.5 Vocabulary

2.6 Making sense of symbols

2.7 Powers and roots

2.8 Relationship symbols

3 Formulas

3.1 Word formulas

3.2 Using formulas

3.3 Units and formulas

3.4 Converting units by using a formula

4 The format of questions

4.1 Understanding the question

4.2 A better solution

4.3 ‘Find’ questions

4.4 ‘Show that ’ questions

4.5 Questions and answers

5 Approaches to problem solving

5 Approaches to problem solving

6 Writing out solutions

6.1 How a question is marked

6.2 Another ‘billions’ solution

6.3 Solving the riddle of St Ives

6.4 Mark another St Ives' question

6.5 Solutions to ‘making a lawn’

7 OpenMark quiz

7 OpenMark quiz

References and Acknowledgements

Acknowledgements

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