Online Courses: FutureLearn

November is here, I cannot believe how fast October passed. I thought that this month I would talk more about free online courses. I know that some of you are interested in learning some parts of mathematics by themselves from different reasons. Also, I have found that even if you have already done this at school, it is quite refreshing to take an online course.

For this post I want to talk about some courses that FutureLearn offers. They work with more than 72 universities and other organisations, such as British Museum, BBC, UK Government, National Film and Television School,  Institution of Engineering and Technology and many more. They launched in September 2013 and more than 2 million people have joined since then. Here is their category list:

future-learn-course-categories

I will pick some mathematical related courses for today:

1. Numeracy Skills for Employability and the Workplace: it relates to some mathematical skills used for passing employers’ numeracy tests. They idea is to increase your mathematical skills and the ability to understand and use data in general, The course is just 3 weeks long and it is expected just 4 hours per week for it.

2. Cracking Mechanics: Further Maths for Engineering: the title is kind of self-explanatory for the course which is quite good. The course also has some introductory physics for engineers. The maths skills which you will learn for this course are: calculus (integration, differentiation, and solving differential equations); trigonometry (e.g. resolving forces); and geometry (calculating where things are). The course takes 6 weeks with 3 hours per week expected for study.

3. Real World Calculus: How Maths Drives Formula One and Launches Angry Birds: the idea of the course is to show that calculus is in the center of our modern life from playing a game on your mobile phone, watching a Grand Prix or waking up to sunlight in the morning. The course will give a basic introduction into calculus with extra links for those more interested. And let’s face it, it has a great title. The course takes 3 weeks with 2 hours per week expected for study.

4. Maths for Humans: Linear, Quadratic and Inverse Relationsanother course which shows the relation between mathematics and our modern society. But this course is based more on algebra and geometry. The course takes 4 weeks with 3 hours per week expected for study.

There are other interesting courses there. Let me know if you would like to try or if you had any, how was it? Hope you enjoyed this small post.  Thank you for your help and support. You can find me on Facebook,  Tumblr,  Google+,  Twitter,Instagram and Lettrs, I will try to post there as often as possible. Don’t forget that maths is everywhere! Enjoy! 

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