Calculating and Computing for Social Science and Art Students: An Introductory Guide

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Social science and arts students are often resistant to, or have difficulties with, numbers and computers. Increasingly, however, maths and computers are part and parcel of their studies. This much-needed text is a simple reader-friendly introduction to the mathematics and computing skills that undergraduates in the social sciences and arts are likely to need in their courses. It will be helpful to even the most number-fearful student! The first part takes the reader through the basics of arithmetic, algebra and ...
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Overview

Social science and arts students are often resistant to, or have difficulties with, numbers and computers. Increasingly, however, maths and computers are part and parcel of their studies. This much-needed text is a simple reader-friendly introduction to the mathematics and computing skills that undergraduates in the social sciences and arts are likely to need in their courses. It will be helpful to even the most number-fearful student! The first part takes the reader through the basics of arithmetic, algebra and the application of statistical methods to social science and arts subjects. Examples are provided throughout, and they are designed to be relevant to both study and everyday life. The second part illustrates the basic features of computing and takes the reader through the applications that he or she is likely to need. Word-processors, spreadsheets, databases and statistical packages are all described and discussed in a practical way. Once again, relevant examples are provided at all stages, giving the reader a thorough appreciation of how computers can assist with both study and everyday life. This introductory guide will be useful to nearly all students of the arts and social sciences, and will be of particular value as a set textbook for lecturers involved in running supplemental instruction programmes.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780335192328
  • Publisher: Open University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1994
  • Pages: 208

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Calculating 5
1 Arithmetic 1 7
2 Arithmetic 2: Many operations 19
3 Algebra 33
4 Interpreting data 49
5 Statistical inference 69
6 Tests 80
Pt. 2 Computing 99
7 Hardware 101
8 Software 113
9 Word-processing 128
10 Spreadsheets 145
11 Databases 161
12 Analysing your own data using a statistical package 172
Glossary of computer jargon 183
Answers to exercises 186
Index 188
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