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.
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.
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
Properties of Real Numbers
Exponents and Square Roots
Order of Operations
Evaluating Variable Expressions
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.
Class will be held from 8:00am to 10:00am. Class will be held in Kresge Building. The format will be similar: warmup exercises, content, and homework. There will be opportunities to ask questions. Homework will be graded and returned.
Monday, August 27, 8:00-10:00am: Greatest Hits of the Online Modules
Tuesday, August 28, 8:00-10:00am: Functions, Logarithms, and Exponentials
Wednesday, August 29, 8:00-10:00am: Solving Word Problems Using Functions and Inequalities
Thursday, August 30 , 8:00am-10:00am: Factorials, Combinations, Summations and Products
Last revised: July 2012