The Board of Education include in their syllabus of courses of instruction in Mathematics and in their Mathematical Examinations, an alternative scheme of Mathematical teaching which is described under the title "Practical Mathematics." This is intended to meet directly the requirements of those students who approach the study of Mathematics from a practical point of view, and whose desire in that study is to fit themselves to use Mathematics readily in relation to Mechanics and to Engineering practice.
As the method of treatment of the subject there indicated differs greatly from that now in general use, it is of importance that there should be available for teachers and students, some account of the matter of instruction and of the varied practical exercises, that have already formed the substance of satisfactory courses. Professor Perry has therefore been asked to summarise for publication six lectures on Practical Mathematics which he had delivered to working men in the Lecture Theatre of the Jermyn Street Museum in February and March, 1899.
In the following pages he has compiled the essential portions of his notes including many illustrative examples.
The Board of Education believe that these will be found to afford much of useful suggestion in an important section of Technical Education.