## Maths Skills – Finished

So I have finished the Maths Skills book from The Open University. Although it is a lot shorter than I thought it was (only 139 pages, as the remaining 166 are made up of answers). All in all, i’d say the “Maths Skills” booklet very useful to keep handy. Gave me a rock solid understanding of the basics.

Now I have to either start studying from my own materials, or wait for the Revision Pack that comes with MST121. Also, they recommend that you also are familiar with the following before starting MST121:

- The arithmetic of whole numbers, decimals and fractions (including negative numbers, powers and roots).
- Algebraic manipulation, such as multiplying out brackets, factorisation of simple expressions, interpreting inequalities and solving linear and quadratic equations.
- Properties of triangles, rectangles and circles.
- The trigonometric ratios sine, cosine and tangent.
- Equations of straight lines.
- Quadratic, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions, and their graphs.

So if I have to wait long for the revision pack, I might just start revising some of these.

Also, for anyone wondering about MST121 and MS221, I have found a nice website that shows exactly what books are supplied with the course (although they are dated from 2007/2008 so some things might have changed).

http://www.gandraxa.com/mst121_using_mathematics.xml

http://www.gandraxa.com/ms221_exploring_mathematics.xml