This week is the Maths Diagnostic Test set by the School of Maths and taken by most students in the Faculty of Science in year 1. This year it is a paper based test which will help you understand what you need to work on. It is multiple choice,  3 marks for a correct answer and -1 mark for an incorrect answer.  I'll have the papers graded and returned to you and I'll extract from the results areas to focus on for the following weeks.  You can see an online version of this course in webcourses.


Today you got to test your basic understanding of many maths concepts. This test was more for you than anyone else as it will help you identify which concepts are well understood or a bit fuzzy in your own head. Someone mentioned they would have studied for the test had there been more time but thats not the idea here, so don't worry about being "graded". What you need to understand is how much you do or don't already know so you can direct your own study on Khan Academy, a book of your choice or whatever method you want to use. 

If the basics are not understood well you will always find Math a tough subject, so best to face this early and fix it. Next week I'll have all the papers graded and we can go through some of the examples. I do however want to move on to "Order Precedence" or "Order of Operations" as the relates directly to expression evaluation in computing and basic programming.

I'll leave you with the answer to questions A & B which I added to the test today. I'll let you discuss the right answer shown below.  I had a varied set of answers to these two questions.

A)      2 + 3 * 4  = 14

B)      6 ÷ 3 * 2  =   4

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