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Countdown to Mathematics: v. 1 [Paperback]

D. Sargent , L. Graham
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1 Jan 1981 0201137305 978-0201137309 1
Countdown to Mathematics has been written to help self-study students to revise and practise basic skills in arithmetic, algebra, geometry, graphs and trigonometry. The nine teaching modules in Countdown to Mathematics have been split into two separate books. Volume 1 consists of Modules 1-4 and concentrates on basic mathematical skills. It deals with arithmetic, simple algebra, how to plot and read graphs, and the representation of data. Where possible, the techniques are illustrated with real-world applications. Volume 2 consists of Modules 5-9 and covers geometry, graphs, trigonometry and algebra.. The emphasis here is on the manipulative skills which are necessary for most mathematical courses beyond GCSE standard.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (1 Jan 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201137305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201137309
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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201 of 203 people found the following review helpful
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I decided to do the Open University course MST121 "Using Mathematics" and needed to do some serious revision beforehand. I purchased this book after seeing it mentioned on the OU web site. The book is well laid out and very easy to follow. Unlike some maths books whose content appears to masses of formulae which can be very daunting, this book goes to great lengths to explain all the workings. I quickly regained the maths skills I had forgotten and also picked up some new ones along the way. At times I had difficulty following the OUs revision pack, but when I consulted the appropriate chapter in this book things seemed to fall into place. I would recommend this book to anyone who like me has not used their maths skills in a long time and wishes to go on to Further Education Maths.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive Introduction to Mathematics 4 July 2000
By A Customer
This book is a must to all who need to use mathematics for their work or studies, but failed to do any real mathematics at school. The last time I did any real mathematics was nearly 30 years ago.
The book takes the reader from negative numbers, decimals and fractions, on to that all important but highly daunting subject of algebra and then on to straight line and curved graphs and the representation and interpretation of data.
The reader is presented with examples to step you through the logic of the mathematical procedures and exercises to test your own understanding of the same.
This text serves as a valuable introduction to Open University mathematics courses, followed by Volume 2 by the same authors.
The reader should be aware though, that there are a few errors in the solutions to the exercises. This having been said, I could not have done my maths course without it! A very good introduction to A level and Undergraduate Mathematics.
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75 of 76 people found the following review helpful
I had absolutely no confidence in maths and left school 15 years ago with a very bad CSE grade. This has stopped me from attempting other courses in the past due to the maths content and my lack of confidence in maths. After reading and working through the examples in this book I feel a lot more confidient. I am working on maths that I didn't even have a clue about when I was at school. In fact I have enroled on an OU course in IT and Computing and have selected MU120 Open Mathematics for the first module.
My father and a friend are both thinking about attending various educational courses in different subjects and I am going to buy a copy of this book for them.
If you have problems with maths then get this book it really is very well written and is easy to understand.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Excelent introduction to mathematics. Unlike so many books it truly is an introduction to mathematics aimed specifically at those with effectively no mathematical knowledge or have forgoten. Suffice to say the previous reviews are correct. No point in repeating it.
I left school with a C-grade in O level mathematics 10 years ago despising maths because I simply didn't understand or see the use for A+B=C. This book starts at the begininnig and lays the basis for Higher mathematics in an interesting unconvential way; numerous examples, tests and cartoons of individuals aksing the very questions I found myself asking! Suprisingly enough I now have an Honours Degree in Engineering i.e. Applied mathematics!
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Needs a comprehensive list of contents 7 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Easy to follow and understand. Ideal for those wishing to revise for OU courses BUT lost a star due to its failure to provide a comprehensive contents section. To force the reader to wade through a mass of unwanted information to find the nugget they desire means an otherwise superb book cannot easily be used for on going reference purposes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Countdown to confident math! 17 Jun 2009
Brilliant book!

Forget all your gimmicks and Carol Vorderman et al; this book tells you how it is from the very beginning to Higher GCSE/A level math in two clear publications.

I say 'two' because there is follow on book you can buy which builds on to this one. Its imaginatevly titled "Countdown 2". Book 2 is more advanced but is merely the progression one expected after Countdown 1.

I actually wrote to the authors and thanked them for transforming my phobia over math but was sad to hear (late '90s) from the co author that Dave Sargeant had died. It is a shame as this team had the magic touch to transform math for anyone and to do so without pretentions.

Buy it if you want math competence and confidence. It will turn your fear of math from reluctance to acceptance, even keeness! For me it made math seem magical and no longer a mystery for someone else to solve.

I got my copy 'free' from the OU as part of an engineering degree and still to this day have it in my 'special collection'.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
I have tried other maths text books, and found it frustrating looking though for examples of what the authors mean. No such problem here, plenty of worked examples for each sub heading. Test questions at each chapter heading really help to plan study amount and time. Volume 2 is also great.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reference 17 Nov 2009
Countdown to Mathematics: v. 2I am doing an OU degree of which mathematics is part of the syllabus. Volume two of this book is recommended, which I purchased and am really happy with, but because I hadn't worked with maths for such a long time there was something missing. So I purchased volume one, and it has been really helpful in filling in the blanks. The book is well constructed, gradually taking you through the basics, and then leading you into more advanced work. The book is well illustrated and has lots of exercise to help you along. Highly recommneded if you haven't worked with mathematics for a long time, or like me, just didn't really get it at school.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars BASIC
Recommended by tutor's however feel it is quite basic for the required level. Not a bad revision book to recap basic concepts.
Published 10 months ago by LOTTIE
3.0 out of 5 stars Recommended reading for Further Maths though found a bit basic
This was recommended reading for further maths study however, I have found it quite basic. I would recommend this to GCSE students and no higher or to students who have not done... Read more
Published 11 months ago by kgb73
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
I am starting an Open University maths degree later this year and have been using this book for revision, to get back up to speed on the basics. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Countdown to mathematics volume 2.
A 5-star rating for a book that sets out problems clearly and gives solutions.
It has a slightly different (older) way of describing the problems, which provide an extra... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jay Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars Basic maths reviewed
Got this book as a revision tool as I am undertaking an Open University level maths course. The books are well written and informative. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Jimmy D
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good ,Simple, following a Step by Step approach.
I can recommend this book as it presents a logical , simple and step by step approach in understanding Maths. It is well presented with mathematic analysis and examples. Read more
Published on 25 Nov 2011 by Michalis
3.0 out of 5 stars OU recommendation
I acquired this book when considering trying out maths over 30 years since sitting in a maths class(In response to an OU reciommendation)but still found it too simple to arouse my... Read more
Published on 6 Sep 2011 by IBT
5.0 out of 5 stars very useful preparation fo OU maths
Some 30 years after doing maths at school, I went through part 2 as a precursor to the MST 121 OU course. Read more
Published on 11 Nov 2010 by dw
4.0 out of 5 stars thanks
the book arrived just over a week after the order. It was in fairly good condition (it was used so i didnt expect much). Some marks and notes inside. Generally, not too bad. Read more
Published on 27 Feb 2010 by Y. Balouka
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for revising rusty skills.
I bought this book to brush up on my very rusty basic mathematical skills, before starting OU course M150 (Open Mathematics). Read more
Published on 13 Aug 2009 by Winterholder
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