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1 THE OPEN UNIVERSITY Faculty of Mathematics and Computing M248 Diagnostic Quiz Prepared by the Course Team [Press to begin] c 2005 The Open University Last Revision Date: March 17, 2006 Version 1.4

2 Section 1: Introduction 2 1. Introduction In embarking on M248, basic mathematical competence is more important than any formal background in Statistics. This quiz covers a number of key mathematical skills with which the intending M248 student should be familiar. Try each question for yourself, using your calculator, then click on the green section letter (e.g. (a) ) to see the solution. Click on the symbol at the end of the solution to return to the question. Use the and keys to move from Section to Section. There is some advice on evaluating your performance at the end of the quiz.

3 Section 2: Rounding and accuracy 3 2. Rounding and accuracy Exercise 1. (a) What is rounded to 4 decimal places? (b) What is rounded to 1 decimal place? Exercise 2. (a) What is rounded to 4 significant figures? (b) What is rounded to 1 significant figure?

4 Section 3: Decimals and fractions 4 3. Decimals and fractions Exercise 3. (a) Evaluate to 3 decimal places. (b) Evaluate to 3 significant figures. Exercise 4. (a) Write down in its simplest fractional form. 21 (b) Write down in its simplest fractional form. 15

5 Section 4: Expressions, equations and functions 5 4. Expressions, equations and functions Exercise 5. n 2 (a) Evaluate r for r = 0.6 and n = 16, to 3 decimal places. 1 r2 (b) If 1 5 = 0.95, find x. x2 (c) If 1 e 3y = 0.8, find y to 4 decimal places. Exercise 6. (a) Consider the function f (x) = 9 x 2, 3 x 3. Evaluate f ( 1), f (2) and f (5). (b) Consider the function g (x) = 1 2. (1 x) Evaluate g ( 1), g (1) and g (5).

6 Section 5: Logarithms 6 5. Logarithms Exercise 7. This exercise is about logarithms to base e, sometimes called natural logarithms and denoted by ln, log e or just log. (a) Use your calculator to write down log 3 and log 4, each to 4 decimal places. (b) Without using the logarithm key on your calculator again, can you calculate log 12 to 4 decimal places? (c) Is it true that logs of strictly positive* real numbers must always be positive? (*Note that logs of numbers which are zero or negative are not defined. Can you see why?)

7 Section 6: Powers 7 6. Powers Exercise 8. (a) Write in the form 3 n and hence evaluate it. (b) Write ( 3 3) 4 in the form 3 n and hence evaluate it. (c) Write 3 6 /3 4 in the form 3 n and hence evaluate it. (d) Write 3 5 /3 5 in the form 3 n and hence evaluate it.

8 Section 7: Summation notation 8 7. Summation notation Exercise 9. Let x 1 = 2, x 2 = 1, x 3 = 3, x 4 = 1 and x 5 = 4. Let y 1 = 2, y 2 = 0, y 3 = 4, y 4 = 5 and y 5 = 2. 5 (a) Calculate x 2 i. i=1 ( 5 ) 2 (b) Calculate x i. (c) Calculate i=1 5 x i y i. i=1

9 Section 8: Post-mortem 9 8. Post-mortem You should be familiar with the techniques covered by these Exercises before embarking on M248. If you were unsure of some of the detail in these areas, you could revise appropriate units from MST121 Using Mathematics if you have studied that course previously. Also helpful for mathematics revision and background reading is Countdown to Mathematics, Vols. I & II, Addison-Wesley, ISBNs & If you found these Exercises particularly difficult, and have not studied MST121 already, you would be well advised to consider doing so before enrolling for M248. Do contact your Regional Office if you have any queries about your suitability for the course.

10 Solutions to Exercises 10 Solutions to Exercises Exercise 1(a) rounded to 4 decimal places is

11 Solutions to Exercises 11 Exercise 1(b) rounded to 1 decimal place is 0.5. When rounding to 1 decimal place, if the digit in the 2 nd decimal place is in the range , the number is rounded down, that is, the digit in the 1 st decimal place is left unchanged. However, if it is in the range , the number is rounded up, that is, the digit in the 1 st decimal place is increased by 1. This rule can be applied however many decimal places you are asked to round to.

12 Solutions to Exercises 12 Exercise 2(a) rounded to 4 significant figures is

13 Solutions to Exercises 13 Exercise 2(b) rounded to 1 significant figure is 20. (We are rounding to the nearest 10 in this case.)

14 Solutions to Exercises 14 Exercise 3(a) = , which is to 3 decimal places.

15 Solutions to Exercises 15 Exercise 3(b) = to the limits of calculator accuracy, which is 3.58 to 3 significant figures.

16 Solutions to Exercises 16 Exercise 4(a) Applying the usual cancellation rules, we have = = = 1 12 (after dividing above and below by 7, then by 2).

17 Solutions to Exercises 17 Exercise 4(b) Remembering that a b c d = a b d, where a, b, c, d c represent any non-zero real numbers, and applying the cancellation rules, we get = = = = 3 8.

18 Solutions to Exercises 18 Exercise 5(a) Substituting for r and n, we get n r 1 r 2 = = = = = = = to 3 decimal places.

19 Solutions to Exercises 19 Exercise 5(b) Remember that you can add or subtract the same quantities to or from both sides. Such a rearrangement yields 5 = = x2 Inverting both sides gives x 2 5 = = 20, that is, x 2 = 100, or x = ±10.

20 Solutions to Exercises 20 Exercise 5(c) Rearranging as before yields e 3y = = 0.2. Recalling that a b = 1, for any real numbers a and b, a 0, ab e 3y = = 5.0. Finally, recalling that the logarithm function is the inverse of the exponential function, and so to 4 decimal places. 3y = log e 5.0 = , y = = ,

21 Solutions to Exercises 21 Exercise 6(a) Putting x = 1 yields f ( 1) = 9 ( 1) 2 = 9 1 = 8. Putting x = 2 yields f (2) = = 9 4 = 5. x = 5 lies outside the range of values of x on which the function f is defined. We cannot therefore evaluate f (5).

22 Solutions to Exercises 22 Exercise 6(b) Putting x = 1 yields 1 g ( 1) = (1 ( 1)) 2 = = 1 4. The function g is not defined for x = 1. (Can you see why?) Finally, putting x = 5 yields g (5) = = 1 (1 5) 2 1 ( 4) 2 = 1 16.

23 Solutions to Exercises 23 Exercise 7(a) To the limits of calculator accuracy, log 3 = and is therefore to 4 decimal places. (If you get something different, check that you have used the right key on your calculator. In particular, if you have used the key which provides logarithms to base 10, you would get , to 4 decimal places.) Similarly, log 4 = = , to 4 decimal places. (Again, using the base 10 key would give , to 4 decimal places.)

24 Solutions to Exercises 24 Exercise 7(b) Using the rule log ab = log a + log b yields log 12 = log (3 4) = log 3 + log 4 = = = , to 4 decimal places.

25 Solutions to Exercises 25 Exercise 7(c) No. Logarithms of positive numbers strictly less than 1 are negative. Check this on your calculator. (Can you see why this should be the case?)

26 Solutions to Exercises 26 Exercise 8(a) Using the rule x a x b = x a+b gives = = 3 7 = 2187.

27 Solutions to Exercises 27 Exercise 8(b) Using the rule (x a ) b = x ab gives ( 3 3 ) 4 = = 3 12 =

28 Solutions to Exercises 28 Exercise 8(c) Using the rule x a /x b = x a b gives 3 6 /3 4 = = 3 2 = 9.

29 Solutions to Exercises 29 Exercise 8(d) Here, we have 3 5 /3 5 = = 3 0 = 1, noting that, for any real number x, x 0 = 1.

30 Solutions to Exercises 30 Exercise 9(a) 5 x 2 i = ( 1) i=1 = = 31.

31 Solutions to Exercises 31 Exercise 9(b) ( 5 ) 2 x i = ( ( 1) + 4) 2 i=1 = 9 2 = 81.

32 Solutions to Exercises 32 Exercise 9(c) 5 x i y i = (2 2) + (1 0) + (3 4) + (( 1) 5) + (4 ( 2)) i=1 = = 3.

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