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HO CHI MINH CITY UNIVERSITY OF EDUCATION FOREIGN LANGUAGE SECTION

ENGLISH
For MATHEMATICS

Compiled by:

HO THI PHUONG LE THI KIEU VAN

HO CHI MINH CITY, 2003

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ENGLISH For MATHEMATICS

Compilers: LE THI KIEU VAN HO THI PHUONG Consultant: NGUYEN VAN DONG, Ph.D

HoChiMinh City, September 2003.
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CONTENTS
UNIT TEXT GRAMMAR Preface................................................ .................................... – The Internet distance education – My future profession – Arithmetic operations – The history of personal computing – What is mathematics? – Fermat’s last theorem – Fractions – J.E.Freund’s System of Natural Numbers Postulates – Present Simple and Present Continuous Page 5

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UNIT 2

– Present Simple – Past Simple

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UNIT 3

– The Present Perfect

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– Something about mathematical sentences – Degrees of – Inequalities comparison – Mathematical signs and symbols – Thinking and reasoning in maths – Points and lines – ING ending forms – How to find a website for information you need – Some advices to buying a computer – The Pythagorean property – Modal verbs – Drawing a circle – Infinitive after – Mathematical logic adjectives – The coordinate plane – Infinitive of purpose – Ratio and Proportion – History of the terms “ellipse”, – Past Participle “hyperbola” and “parabola” – The Passive – Algorithms – What is an electronic computer? – Relative clauses – Probability of occurence – Sequences obtained by repeated – Conditionals – First multiplication. and Zero – Topology – Some cases of irre– gular plural nouns. – Unending progressions
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– Mappings – Why learn mathematics? – Multimedia – Matrices – William Rowan Hamilton

– Second conditionals – ing / –ed participle clauses – Some cases of irregular plural nouns (continued) modern – Past Perfect Simple and Continuous – Adverbs – Reported speech – Some cases of irregular plural nouns (continued) ....................................

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Mathematics civilization

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UNIT 14

– The derivative of a function and some applications of the derivative – Thinking about the use of virtual reality in computer war games – Zeno’s paradoxes – George Cantor References..........................................

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PREFACE
This course is intended for students of non−English major in the Department of Mathematics, Ho Chi Minh City University of Pedagogy. The course aims at developing students’ language skills in an English context of mathematics with emphasis on reading, listening, speaking and writing. The language content, mainly focuses on: firstly, key points of grammar and key functions appropriate to this level; secondly, language items important for decoding texts mathematical; thirdly, language skills developed as outlined below. This textbook contains 14 units with a Glossary of mathematical terms and a Glossary of computing terms and abbreviations designed to provide a minimum of 150 hours of learning. Course structural organization: Each unit consist of the following components: PRESENTATION: The target language is shown in a natural context. • Grammar question: Students are guided to an understanding of the target language, and directed to mastering rules for their own benefit. PRACTICE: Speaking, listening, reading and writing skills as well as grammar exercises are provided to consolidate the target language. SKILLS DEVELOPMENT: Language is used for realistic purposes. The target language of the unit reappears in a broader context. • Reading and speaking: At least one reading text per unit is intergrated with various free speaking activities. • Listening and speaking: At least one listening activity per unit is also intergrated with free speaking activities. • Writing: Suggestions are supplied for writing activities per unit. • Vocabulary: At least one vocabulary exercise per unit is available. TRANSLATION:

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The translation will encourage students to review their performance and to decide which are the priorities for their own future self-study. Acknowledgements: We would like to express our gratitude to Nguyen Van Dong, Ph.D., for editing our typescript, for giving us valuable advice and for helping all at stages of the preparation of this course; to TranThi Binh, M.A., who gave the best help and encouragement for us to complete this textbook. We would also like to thank Le Thuy Hang, M.A., who has kindly and in her spare time contributed comments and suggestions, to Mr. Chris La Grange, MSc., for his suggestions and helpful comments for the compilation of this text book. Our special thanks are extended to the colleagues, who have done with their critical response and particular comments. Also, we would like to thank all those student–mathematicians who supplied all the necessary mathematical material to help us write this textbook.

Le Thi Kieu Van Ho Thi Phuong

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