Are you ready?

This section is designed to explain what level of maths is required for our module Energy & Sustainability (T213). Below is a list of the main maths skills required to start T213 - we teach the other skills as you progress in the module. Thus before you start the module you should be able to:

  • Carry out simple calculations involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division involving positive and negative numbers.
  • Understand and apply conventions for rounding and significant figures.
  • Understand and use ratios, proportions and percentages.
  • Understand and use power notation for expressing numbers and performing calculations, express numbers in scientific notation.
  • Convert between different metric units and time units.
  • Calculate simple areas and volumes, using the correct units.
  • Extract and interpret information from tables, pie charts, bar charts and frequency diagrams.
  • Draw and extract information from graphs and recognise linear and exponential relationships between data.
  • Use mathematical formulae, including rearranging simple equations.

If you have already taken and passed an Open University module (such as U116, S104, S151 or MU123) you may have all the skills required to successfully study energy. Similarly if you studied ST174 or S176 and gained a good pass, then you may also be ready for the skills needed for Level 2 study. You can use the following quiz to check your understanding if there are one or two topics about which you feel a little rusty. The quiz will also direct you to other places for further help if you feel you need it.