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Maths in Work

Created on 12 August 2008 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 25 September 2013 by ncetm_administrator

Maths in Work has been designed to offer glimpses of the real world of work via video clips, to help students appreciate not only the relevance of mathematics but its importance in every day life. The clips feature the people who are actually ‘doing the job’ and explain some of the maths processes that they are involved with on a daily basis. There is a brief synopsis of each clip which identifies the maths topics covered, and all clips end with the simple question, “What mathematics would be involved in the work you have just watched?” The teacher is free to approach the viewing in whatever way seems appropriate to his/her circumstances.

The source files of the videos are also available to download in flv format. You need an flv player in order to view the videos after download. Download an flv player here if you don't already have one.
Click on the links below to search these videos by the following categories:

View all Maths in Work articles

View a list of Maths in Work articles, by curriculum category:
Maths in Work Algebra
Maths in Work Geometry
Maths in Work Measures
Maths in Work Number
Maths in Work Statistics
View a list of Maths in Work articles, by teaching & learning context:
Case Studies, ICT in Mathematics, Maths in Context, Practical Activity, Exploration, Discussion, Projects and Coursework, Whole Class Teaching
View a list of Maths in Work articles, by mathematical topic:
Algebra, Calculations, Functions & Graphs, Geometry, Measures, Numbers & the Number System, Problem Solving, Statistics, Trigonometry, Using & Applying Mathematics
Maths in Work has been developed by NCETM and the More Maths Grads Project.  We would like to thank the organisations and individuals who have contributed to the clipbank.  If you have an idea for a clip, please contact us

Please see www.mathscareers.org.uk for more information about maths related careers.

Find out where the mathematics you learn is used in a booklet from the School of Mathematical Sciences, Queen Mary, University of London. This booklet describes how the mathematics curriculum is linked to applications in science, technology, business and industry. It is available to download  from the MathsCareers website.

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01 November 2009 21:44
A longer abstract would be useful to give a fuller indication of the maths topics being illustrated by each clip.
By dbthomas
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29 January 2009 16:42
The source files of the videos are now available to download in Flash (flv) format. You will need a flash player to view the videos. If you do not have a player capable of playing flash videos, please see the link to a player in the article above.
22 January 2009 23:02
Downloadable would be excellent. My school's security settings will not allow me to show these videos in the classroom.
By Maccamaths
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21 January 2009 14:22
It is not possible to download the video clips at present. This is primarily due to their large file size. However, we are investigating ways of compressing the video files to make them smaller, and we hope to be able to provide some downloadable video content in the future
20 January 2009 11:56
Is it possible to download these videos? Would be a lot easier to use them, and more reliable than needing the internet connection to work ok.
By mathsast
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