|Level 0, 1, 2, 3, Master's and PhD level|
|Five 2-hour workshops|
Whether you need to refresh your algebra skills or build and develop on existing knowledge, we can help you achieve your goal. We have a comprehensive range of algebra workshops covering a variety of topics.
You can choose which workshops to attend when you sign up:
WORKSHOP ONE: Manipulating Mathematical Expressions
A mathematical expression refers to when numbers, operators and various symbols are grouped together to 'express' or 'show' the value of something. Once you understand the basic principles of manipulating expressions, you will easily be able to factorise and simplify a variety of different expressions. This workshop explores various ways of doing this by collecting like terms, expanding brackets, factorizing quadratic expressions and learning how to deal with algebraic fractions
WORKSHOP TWO: Exploring logarithms and exponentials
A knowledge of indices is essential for an understanding of most algebraic processes. In this workshop, we will learn about powers and rules for manipulating them. Further, we will explore logarithms and exponentials. A logarithm tells us how many of one number to multiply to get another number, therefore a logarithm actually gives you the exponent as its answer. Exponents and Logarithms work well together because they "undo" each other (so long as the base "a" is the same), as we will see in this workshop.
WORKSHOP THREE: Resolution into partial fractions
Adding rational expressions and simplifying is relatively easy. However, going the other way round--expressing a single rational function as the sum of two or more simpler ones--is much more difficult. This reverse process is known as resolution into partial fractions. Partial fraction decomposition is a technique used to write a rational function as the sum of simpler rational expressions. This workshop teaches us how to handle partial fractions and denominators with repeated quadratic factors.
WORKSHOP FOUR: Solving Quadratic Equations
A quadratic equation is a polynomial equation of degree 2. The ''U'' shaped graph of a quadratic is called a parabola. A quadratic equation has two solutions. Either two distinct real solutions, one double real solution or two imaginary solutions. There are several methods we can use to solve a quadratic equation such as solution by factors, solution by completing the square and solution by formula which we will explore in this workshop.
WORKSHOP FIVE: Composition of Functions
This workshop explores combining functions using algebraic operations, creating a new function by composition of functions, evaluating composite functions, finding the domain of a composite function, and decomposing a composite function into its component functions.
Upcoming courses in the Autumn Term 2023
Tuesdays 11:00 - 13:00
- Manipulating Mathematical Expressions - 10th October
- Exploring logarithms and exponentials - 17th October
- Resolution into partial fractions - 24th October
- Solving Quadratic Equations - 31st October
- Composition of Functions - 7th November
Thursdays 11:00 - 13:00
- Manipulating Mathematical Expressions - 12th October
- Exploring logarithms and exponentials - 19th October
- Resolution into partial fractions - 26th October
- Solving Quadratic Equations - 2nd November
- Composition of Functions - 9th November
Wednesdays 15:00 - 17:00
- Manipulating Mathematical Expressions - 8th November
- Exploring logarithms and exponentials - 15th November
- Resolution into partial fractions - 22nd November
- Solving Quadratic Equations - 29th November
- Composition of Functions - 6th December