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You can find your topic either by selecting the appropriate module and then choosing from the sections listed, or you can try searching. Enter a word (of at least 3 characters) into the search box and a list will be displayed of all the pages that are relevant. If the word you have entered features in our glossary then you will also get a definition of that word.

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  • Each page on the site has a unique ID number displayed at the top right. You can enter this number in the search box too and go directly to that page. For example if you enter 50 in the search box you will be taken to a page on basic differentiation.
  • The site contains many pages that involve use of graphical display calculators (GDC). You can find them by entered GDC in the search box.
  • Find pages relating to famous mathematicians from the past - for example try searching for Newton
  • There is a growing collection of on-line assessments. To find them, search for o-test. For more on this see Help on assessment
  • Your favourite mathematics program might be being used! Search for Cabri, Cinderella, Geogebra or Autograph
  • If you are an engineering student subscribed to the METHODS course, search for engineering.

What types of topics are there?

There are various types of interactivity indicated by these symbols:
Algebraic or analytical, often involving step-by-step solutions to problems
Visual or graphical, often involving interactive graphs or diagrams which can be manipulated by mouse actions like drag and drop.
A quiz, usually multiple choice, which marks your answers and gives you a score.
An on-line assessment, or "o-test", which can be multiple choice, true or false, drag and drop, by data entry or cloze. The test is marked and - coming soon - your marks are recorded.
Video produced by MathsNetAlevel plus specifically for the site.
Video produced by various sources.
There are also many examination questions, indicated like this: . In every case the question has been taken from an actual exam paper issued by one of the examination boards.