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Basic Math Concepts

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How to Draw Pie Charts on a Computer

Drawing a pie chart on the computer is a fantastic experience, at least compared with doing it by hand. It takes seconds, and you don’t have to remember how to use a protractor or worry about getting your [more…]

How to Draw Line Graphs on a Computer

The easiest way to draw a line graph using a computer is to use a spreadsheet program such as Microsoft Excel or OpenOffice Calc, which is free. [more…]

The Basics of Bar Charts

A bar chart looks a little like a picture of a skyline, consisting of different heights of ‘tower’ lined up side–by-side. The heights of the towers represent the relative sizes of the categories they represent [more…]

The Basics of Pie Charts

A pie chart looks – you’ve guessed it – a bit like a pie. The chart is a circle with various-sized slices ‘cut out’ from the middle to the edge. The size of the slices shows the relative size of the categories [more…]

The Basics of Line Graphs

A line graph shows how a value changes, usually over time. Most line graphs look like a jagged line going across the page. How high the line is above a time marked on the axis tells you how high the value [more…]

How the Table of Joy Works for Basic Maths

The Table of Joy is an incredibly useful method for working out any kind of problem involving proportions – that is to say, if you double one of the numbers, the other automatically doubles. For example [more…]

How to Apply the Table of Joy to Ratio Questions

You can use the Table of Joy to solve typical ratio questions on most numeracy tests. A ratio describes how many times bigger one share of something is than another share. [more…]

How to Scale Recipe Proportions with the Table of Joy

An example of proportions that often comes up in maths exams concerns the amount of each ingredient you need for a recipe. You can use the Table of Joy to figure out how to scale a recipe. The recipe is [more…]

What You Need to Know About Angles for Basic Maths Tests

Angle is another word for corner. For example, you may hear of footballers scoring from tight angles, meaning they’ve turned the ball round a sharp corner. The word ‘angle’ also shows up in other words [more…]

What Role Does Tessellation Play in Basic Maths?

Tessellation is a fancy word for fitting shapes together so that there are no gaps between the shapes and none of the shapes overlap – as if you’re solving a jigsaw puzzle, tiling a wall or paving a path [more…]

How to Determine the Area of Compound Rectangles

One of the most troublesome things you have to do with areas is find the total area of a shape made up of several rectangles. This may seem tricky, but after you see what’s going on, things start to make [more…]

Volume and Capacity for Basic Maths

The volume of an object is how much space the object takes up – or, if you were to drop the object into a full tub of water, how much water would overflow. [more…]

How to Read Maps and Plans

Nobody’s going to ask you to draw maps or even read a map in great detail at this stage of your maths career. But you do need to be able to look at a map and understand what it says, to convert distances [more…]

Math Topics to Study for the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

Math: it really is everywhere, even the MAT. If you don’t like math, don’t worry: The Miller Analogies Test doesn’t require you to do a lot of calculation. But you do have to know a few things about the [more…]


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