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Non Life Sciences => Physics, Astronomy & Cosmology => Topic started by: Pmb on 09/03/2013 02:36:00

I was wondering how many of you would like to see a web site designed to teach math to those who have no math backgroud? I'm thinking of creating some new web pages on my web site to teach math frm scratch. And that means that I assume zero background. I'll start with basics numbers, what they mean, how they work together, the basic laws that apply to them etc. and then go on to triginometry, calculus, linear algebra, diffferential geometry and finally tensor analysis.
Would any of you like to see such site? Or is there something already on the internet like this? I'd like visitors to my website to feel that they can learn what's there without assuming any background. I'll teach it to them. What I get out of it will be more experience in teaching/explaining things as prep work of a new relativity text that I've been wanting to write for many years now.

I'd be interested in that, and when it comes to calculus there's plenty of scope to improve on what's already out there. I'd also be happy to link to your site from mine (magicschoolbook dot com) if you do the job properly. Be aware though that most people prefer to learn from videos on youtube rather than doing even a little bit of reading for themselves, no matter how much more efficient or effective the latter route may be  they simply won't take the trouble to find out.

I was wondering how many of you would like to see a web site designed to teach math to those who have no math background?
Yes please!! At my age I certainly do not "prefer to learn from videos on youtube"

Depending on what you wish to do, it could be complex.
You would also have to design it for incremental learning levels. So, teaching a person long division would be done at one level, and set of users, while integration would be taught to a whole different set of users, with different skills.
My biggest use would be reference material. So, rather than reading the site from start to finish, I would be more likely to look up trigonometric integrals, with perhaps tables of different common integrals.
Or, perhaps looking up eigenvalues, eigenvectors, or determinants, and some kind of an explanation of what I would ever need them for. I suppose for solving sets of linear equations, but the brute force method always seems to work for me.
Or, perhaps looking up long forgotten formulas.

You would also have to design it for incremental learning levels. So, teaching a person long division would be done at one level, and set of users, while integration would be taught to a whole different set of users, with different skills.
I don't think I'll do long division. My goal is to let someone who knows nothing about math to get up to speed quickly. Frankly I've never done long division. I knew it when I was a kid but have forgotten how to do it. However we have calultors for that.
Or, perhaps looking up eigenvalues, eigenvectors, or determinants, and some kind of an explanation of what I would ever need them for. I suppose for solving sets of linear equations, but the brute force method always seems to work for me.
Yeah. That's what I had in mind. I want to help people like the person I was before I learned higher levels of math.
Or, perhaps looking up long forgotten formulas.
A table ofi integrals sounds good! Thanks!

There are lots of good websites around that do both maths and physics the UK open university and other UK and US universities are quite good at these. I am sure there are also lectures available via the educational side of you tube. Type in Educational + subject words like math calculus and the come up in vast numbers.
I would like to find a site that peer reviews them and comes up with ones that are particularly good
Of course the Feynman lectures which are considered by manyto be some if the best teaching lectures.

Would any of you like to see such site? Or is there something already on the internet like this?
www.mathisfun.com

I think Pete has an idea there Soul Surfer. It gets personal when you actually know the guy setting it up, and that's a good thing. You can ask when you lose it, sort of.