Typing math/scientific notation?

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Found 9th Oct 2007
Hi all,

I'm trying to type up a tma (tutor marked assignment) for my maths course, I'm wondering how im supposed to type in scientic/math notations?


such as squared and pi??

is there a way? am i just thick? :roll:
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loupomm

Hi all,I'm trying to type up a tma (tutor marked assignment) for my maths … Hi all,I'm trying to type up a tma (tutor marked assignment) for my maths course, I'm wondering how im supposed to type in scientic/math notations?such as squared and pi??is there a way? am i just thick? :roll: :?


If you're using word - the squared can be done by using superscript font. Pi can be inserted as a symbol....(insert menu, then choose symbol, then pick the one you want)

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gari189

If you're using word - the squared can be done by using superscript font. … If you're using word - the squared can be done by using superscript font. Pi can be inserted as a symbol....(insert menu, then choose symbol, then pick the one you want)



im using open office, i dont have word, but i'll see if i can find similar, thank you :thumbsup:

Doing an OU course?

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gari189

Doing an OU course?



yes :-D

If you're using XP, use character map:

Start,
Programs,
Accessories,
System Tools,
Character Map.

Has a nice wide range of symbols you can copy and paste from

Square root = √

Spent 3 summers working at the OU summer school in Reading. M101 was the course designation in those days for the maths foundation. Students had a great time - hope you enjoy your course!!

Try Math Type for Windows it supports most word processors, presentation programs, page layout programs, graphing products etc.

There's a 30 day free trail available

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thank you all rep left

Gari, im enjoying it so far! just an openings atm, but i did ok on my first tma so im chuffed at that

edit: boydent, i have to spread it before giving you more will do tho

Did it work, or still need some pointers?

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i think ive got most, using a combination of the character map and the insert option on open office, im struggling to find a way to show squared, gari recommended superscript font? not quite sure what that is? might be thick of me but i thought it was the font im writing in but i cant find superscript :?

who knows how i expect to pass :oops:

I could tell you how to with MS office but it may not be the same

Just googled: open office superscript

and got this ]PDF file
You need adobe to open it, hopefully you have that
Having looked at it, it makes no sense to me though

Edit: There is a full on manual ]hereand what you need is on page 84 (of 442, gulp). I can't copy n paste cos it's a pdf sorry

Edit: Type m then ctrl+shift+p the 2.
This will make m with the 2 superscripted.
Press ctrl+shift+p to turn off superscript and type as normal
Seems ctrl+shift+p makes your text superscript

erm not sure if it will help but there is a perfect program in word (not sure if/how you can get it in other programs)

but in word
open your document
click insert
click object
scroll down to microsoft equation 3.0
click ok
then you have a box open that you have lots off different buttons for sub scripts, square roots, brackets, dividing lines etc etc EVERYTHING you will ever need for a maths document

im doing an engineering course at college at the mo and this little gem is worth its weight in gold as i dont have to handwrite all the things.

But ... if this is an ETMA (ie an electronic TMA that you email to your tutor), make sure that they can open it, if you do any 'funny business' using non-standard programs ! (I lecture for the OU part-time, and the responsibility lies with the student to make sure that the emailed document is openable with standard OU software)

Also, ask your tutor at the next tutorial how to do it - they will know all of the easiest ways to get all of the mathematical and scientific symbols that you'll need for the whole course. Save you a lot of bother next time ....

HTH
Melissa

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thank you all, i'll try tomorrow when the kids are at school and give you all an update

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edit: melissa thank you i will ask my tutor

and the tma for this course have to be sent on paper but im looking to get word for future courses

loupomm

Hi all,I'm trying to type up a tma (tutor marked assignment) for my maths … Hi all,I'm trying to type up a tma (tutor marked assignment) for my maths course, I'm wondering how im supposed to type in scientic/math notations?such as squared and pi??is there a way? am i just thick? :roll: :?



Did they not give you the Mathcad software? I used to type my TMA's in a Mathcad doc and print from there.

You could always use the old fashioned method for squared '^2' i.e. to the power of 2.

I have done the majority of the OU Maths courses now, just a few Level 3 courses left and then I'm done, but with lots of children its become impossible to do any. I have 270 points up to now though and got a diploma )Dip Math) from the OU.

Which courses are you doing? (MU120, MST121 MS221?)

I love maths me :-D :-D Good luck

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amanda f

Did they not give you the Mathcad software? I used to type my TMA's in a … Did they not give you the Mathcad software? I used to type my TMA's in a Mathcad doc and print from there.You could always use the old fashioned method for squared '^2' i.e. to the power of 2.I have done the majority of the OU Maths courses now, just a few Level 3 courses left and then I'm done, but with lots of children its become impossible to do any. I have 270 points up to now though and got a diploma )Dip Math) from the OU.Which courses are you doing? (MU120, MST121 MS221?)I love maths me :-D :-D Good luck



just an opening course atm Y162 starting with maths, along side a management opening, a finance starting next month then business studies in may :? what have i started lol, no software was given, maybe its cos its just an opening course?

You're right, you don't get too much with an openings course. You'll get more software as/if each course needs it (imagine how overwhelmed you'd be if you were given every piece of software you 'may' need for any course you 'may' take!)

nb, using ^2 etc is very much frowned on by some ... some tutors can get quite snotty about this incorrect presentation. Whilst this might sounds pedantic, when equations are very long and involve multiple powers, all of these ^2s, ^-3s etc get rather difficult to read on the page.

Don't forget, if you're printing stuff out, you can always hand-write your answers. In fact, I'd recommend it. It takes FAR less time, and as long as your writing is legible, you'd get the same marks.

Good luck with your studies - you can PM me if you need any 'OUisms' explaining.
Melissa

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boydent999

I could tell you how to with MS office but it may not be the sameJust … I could tell you how to with MS office but it may not be the sameJust googled: open office superscriptand got this ]PDF fileYou need adobe to open it, hopefully you have that :)Having looked at it, it makes no sense to me thoughEdit: There is a full on manual ]here and what you need is on page 84 (of 442, gulp). I can't copy n paste cos it's a pdf sorryEdit: Type m then ctrl+shift+p the 2. This will make m with the 2 superscripted.Press ctrl+shift+p to turn off superscript and type as normalSeems ctrl+shift+p makes your text superscript



it doesnt seem to be working for me :thinking:

think i'll try in the morning as i first thought lol

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√ that character?

Little different for OpenOffice, so try this:

Update open office to the latest version
Go to insert special character
Times New Roman (mathematical Operators)
Select the character you want
Then when you are finished, select export as pdf, or print it, or both, and always keep a copy

No need for Adobe acrobat, as there are free open source versions available for both viewing & editing.

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thanks Soupy, i'll give it a go tomorrow, im off to bed now

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Thanks everyone i sorted it boydents superscript worked eventually, was up till 2 last night getting it done! all typed up and waiting till the strikes over next week before it goes to the tutor, so annoying they dont let you send it recorded!

yay, well done
Glad i was of some help, hope you get a really good mark

I know what you mean, but us tutors only work part-time ... and as you are posting to our home address, you can't really expect us to sit by the door waiting for mail every day!

Get a proof of posting certificate (free) when you post it - as long as you post it the day before the cut-off by first class post, and get a POP, you'll be fine every time :-)

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thanks boydent


melissa, i understand that,i have plenty of time its just worrying with the strikes etc that they will arrive at all lol

If you have a fairly IT-literate tutor, you might ask him/her whether you could email it. It's strictly-speaking against OU policy, but they might let you, given the current circumstances (and it'll save you the price of a stamp ... a real HUKDeal !!)

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Welldone Loupomm, hope you get a top grade

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soupy

Welldone Loupomm, hope you get a top grade



thank you :-D

i'll let you all know :thumbsup:
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