2013 Workshop Info:

Tuesday, August 27

Wednesday, August 28

Thursday, August 29

Friday, August 30

(see times below)

Kresge Building G-1


Welcome to the Math Workshop! We are pleased to offer an opportunity for you to refresh your memory about math skills that will be helpful in your introductory biostatistics and epidemiology courses. By the end of the course, you will remember the mathematical concepts you learned earlier in your education, you will see how these concepts will apply in future courses, and you will be more comfortable with math and thus better able to concentrate on the courses' main concepts.

The course is presented in two parts. First, for those who want to brush up on elementary concepts, there are three on-line modules. The second part will be conducted in standard classroom format when you arrive at HSPH in August.

Online Modules

Each module has 3 parts:

  • Warmup exercise: This will introduce the concepts reviewed in the module. Doing the exercise is a good way to see how well you know the material. The solutions are available in a separate file; we suggest you work through the problems before peeking at the solutions!
  • Content: This is a series of “slides” presenting the material, as if you were attending a regular class. There are practice problems sprinkled throughout, and the answers to the practice problems are presented at the end. The content may be split into multiple files so that you can break up your work sessions. You can either flip through the slides on the computer, or print them out. There are 2 versions of the slides provided for each module: 1 with full-size slides shown 1 per page, and 1 with 4 small slides per page. If you are printing them out, you may want to select the 4 per page format.
  • Homework: The homework problems give you a chance to see if you have mastered the material. While the solutions are available on-line in a separate file, you are strongly encouraged to work through the homework carefully before looking at the solutions.

    Module 1 Module 2 Module 3
    Kinds of numbers and data
    Negative Numbers
    Properties of Real Numbers
    Exponents and Square Roots
    Scientific Notation
    Order of Operations
    Evaluating Variable Expressions
    Linear Functions
    Polynomial Functions
    Solving Linear Equations
    Solving Quadratic Equations
    Solving Polynomial Functions

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer to read the module elements. If you don’t already have it, click below to download it free from Adobe’s web site.

Classroom Component

Class will be held from 7:00am to 9:00am. Class will be held in Kresge Building Room G-1. The format will be similar: warmup exercises, content, and homework. There will be opportunities to ask questions. Homework will be graded and returned.

Tuesday, August 27, 7:00-9:00am: Greatest Hits of the Online Modules

Wednesday, August 28, 7:00-9:00am: Functions, Logarithms, and Exponentials

Thursday, August 29, 7:00-9:00am: Solving Word Problems Using Functions and Inequalities

Friday, August 30, 7:00am-9:00am: Factorials, Combinations, Summations and Products


Math Review Registration Form

         Last revised: July 2013