**I am emailing a link of this to everyone on the class list every week. If you are not receiving these emails or want to have them sent to another email address feel free to email me at jpmccarthymaths@gmail.com and I will add you to the mailing list.**

## Assessment 2

Assessment 2 is on Wednesday. There is a sample on your Blackboard which I will also give out on Monday. Keep an eye on your CIT Blackboard for the latest and definitive assessment information.

## Week 4

In Week 4 we looked at approximation and statistics.

## Week 5

In Week 5 we will do frequency distributions and begin a new chapter with indices.

## Assessment 1 Results

Assessment 1 Results are on your Blackboard right now. Question five (about the reduction in area) has been declared null and void so everybody is being awarded that mark.

## Course Notes

The notes contain all the lecture material, all the exercises and exercise sheets as well as all of last year’s assessments and you will need them from Monday on. They cost €15 and are on sale in the copying centre. Also find a useful reference here.

## Academic Learning Centre

I would urge anyone having any problems with material that isn’t being addressed in the tutorials to use the Academic Learning Centre. As you can see the timetable is quite generous. You will get best results if you come to the helpers there with *specific *questions. You could also win a tablet device if you enter a competition that they are running.

## Math.Stack Exchange

If you find yourself stuck and for some reason feel unable to ask me the question you could do worse than go to the excellent site math.stackexchange.com. If you are nice and polite, and show due deference to these principles you will find that your questions are answered promptly. For example this question discussing the difference between the population standard deviation and the sample standard deviation, which is supposed to approximate it.

## Maple & Wolfram Alpha

If you are subscribed to CIT MathsOnline you will have free access to the mathematical software package *Maple:*

**Self-enrolment for Maths Online**

1. Log into Blackboard Learn

2. Click on the Courses tab button at the top of the screen. Go to Course Search and type Maths Online in the box.

3. Once you’ve found the course, click on the action link button next to the course and click on Enrol. This should take you to the Self Enrolment page.

4. Your Access Code is mathsonline (lower case, no spaces).

5. After you’ve finished click Submit. You should now see a message that says your enrolment was successful.

Once you’ve enrolled, you can download Maple by selecting the *Mathematical Software* tab in the left hand column and following the instructions under the Maple item.

I myself am not a *Maple *expert but ‘grew up’ with another mathematical software package *Mathematica*. *Mathematica *powers the “computational knowledge engine” WolframAlpha. Go on ask it a question!

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