Mathematics for the innumerate
August 22, 2013 7:07 AM Subscribe
I'm developing a Data Design curriculum for Art college students, and I'd like to teach some basics of maths and statistics in ways that the non-numerically inclined will understand. For this, I need some simple explanations for complicated ideas.
posted by Elizabeth the Thirteenth to education (3 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
The idea is to equip Arts majors with the skills needed to translate at least some of the requirements of analysts, statisticians, scientists and developers when creating data applications. My goal is that students learn to express narratives with numbers in a way that is both mathematically correct and effective as communication.
So, Mefites, what key numerical concepts does an aspiring data designer with little or no formal math training need? Do you know some great explanations for things like exponents and logarithmic scales? Standard distributions? Trigonometry? Matrix transformations? What brilliantly simple ways of communicating these ideas can you think of, visually and verbally? Do you have examples?
(Note that I myself have a pretty solid foundation in applied mathematics so don't be afraid to hit me with calculus etc if you see fit.)