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28 February 2011 | PR 11/20
App-ly yourself to maths – First-ever mobile A-level revision aid launched on World Maths Day
With students around the globe set to take part in World Maths Day tomorrow (1 March), the UK’s A-level students can now give themselves the edge with a new mobile phone app, developed by Loughborough University to boost their maths skills.
The app, which contains hundreds of formulae and graphs that are relevant to the Pure Maths AS and A2 syllabi, is the first free-of-charge A-level maths revision resource available through all the major app stores.
Vectors, algebra, trigonometry and calculus are among the branches included in the app, which is the latest development in a suite of initiatives devised by Loughborough to reignite students’ interest in maths and convey its importance in many aspects of life.
“A good understanding of maths makes that crucial difference in so many aspects of life,” explains Professor Steve Rothberg, Dean of Engineering. “At university or college, it’s not just the engineers and scientists and, of course, the mathematicians who use maths every day but also students of business, economics, the humanities and more. In the workplace, maths can take the guess-work out of the big decisions, even in careers where its applications are not immediately obvious. There’s no doubt that mastery of maths will maximise your opportunities for the future.”
The app is based on the award-winning mathscard® – credit card-sized, fold-out, A-level formulae sheets, which were devised by the University’s Faculty of Engineering in 2002 to try and help address the significant decline in the number of pupils taking A-level maths.
The free-of-charge cards continue to be a huge hit, with over one hundred thousand requested by teachers and students every year.
Abbie Loney, Marketing Officer for Loughborough’s Faculty of Engineering, hopes the app will be just as popular, if not more so.
“The cards have been popular with students because they’re handy to carry around and incredibly useful, and teachers love them too as they’re a great way of encouraging students to learn,” she says.
“Whilst we will continue to offer the printed cards, we wanted to take the initiative to the next stage and make the information available through a medium that the vast majority of school students use on a daily basis. An app seemed like the perfect way for us to expand the mathscard and provide a revision resource for use at home or on the move.”
The app is available to download from the main app stores including iTunes, Android Market, Ovi and BlackBerry App World, and is compatible on over 150 handsets, including Samsung, LG and Sony Ericsson.
More information, including how to download the app and order the original printed mathscard®, is available at www.mathscard.co.uk/
A GCSE version of the app is scheduled for release in April 2011.
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Notes for editors:
- Images of students using the app are available on request. Contact Hannah Baldwin, Head of PR, T: 01509 222239.
- The formulae for the mathscard® and the app were put together by the University’s Engineering Schools in conjunction with the Mathematics Education Centre.
- World Maths Day on 1 March is a global celebration of numbers. Over one million students from 20,000 schools across 150 countries sit an online test in a bid to set a new world record, answering as many questions as possible in a set time – www.worldmathsday.com/
- Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.
It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.
Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.
It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.
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