Basic Maths Course

Basic Maths Course

Basic Maths course targets the basic mathematical concepts that are of help during everyday life both during the study as well as during the work life. It seeks to demystify maths to the layman and seeks to teach:

  • The number system and relationships between sizes of objects
  • Understand basic elements of algebra and work with basic algebraic manipulation
  • How to solve simple and simultaneous equations and also how to transpose equations
  • How to use rounding rules to the results of calculations and how these affect the final outcome
  • How to calculate binominal coefficients
  • How to use a calculator and also use the extended set of functions available in calculators.

The course is divided into four modules and each module deals with specific functions.

Module 1

This module deals with the basic understanding about numbers and will cover our number system and the history behind it, the number line, counting numbers as well as the different parts of counting numbers, rounding off and its effect on the final outcome, comparison of numbers and percentages. The module will include a summary in the end.

Module 2

This module deals with the concept of algebra. It will cover letters for numbers, touch upon indices, powers and exponents. It will cover basic rules for products involving indices, the sequence of operations, directed or signed numbers. We will look at manipulating arithmetic fractions, multiplication and division in algebra as well as the use of brackets in equations. The module will end with a summary of the learning.

Module 3

The module will cover coefficients and equations. We will look at simple equations and changing the subject of a formula. Going forward, we will cover simultaneous equations, expanding brackets, dealing with coefficients and inequalities. A summary at the end will cover the learning of the module.

Module 4

Module 4 will cover the use of a calculator and its advanced features. We will start with basic calculations, the square function, the square root and the general power function. We will learn about the factorial function, use of the memory facility, the scientific notation and also combination of functions. It will end with a summary.