# Week 1 Getting started

## Introduction

In this first week you will be focusing on some introductory maths activities. Some of these problems may seem more like puzzles than mathematics, and others will clearly fall into the category of maths problems. To help you there will be hints for you to use, if you need them. All of these puzzles bring up points about how to engage in maths and what is useful to know. You’ll also start to learn how to use your calculator, and to understand how we put numbers together.

In the following video, the course author Maria Townsend introduces you to Week 1:

#### Transcript

After this week, you should be able to:

- tackle maths activities with more confidence
- use your calculator for the four operations of +, –, × and ÷
- use place value and number-lines to understand numbers
- use rounding and estimation.

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