# Mathematics

### Questionnaires and Surveys

When we walk in the high street at the weekend, we come across sweet-talking men and women with boundless enthusiasm and patience get in the way to ask a few questions. They carry out surveys - a questionnaire designed for a purpose.

They have mastered the basic guidelines of carrying out a successful survey - most of the time, we do not feel like disappointing them, by just ignoring them.

Likewise, if we stick to some basic rules, we are in the process of emulating them and developing successful questionnaires.

The guidelines are as follows:

• Make the respondent feel at ease
• Make the responding more interesting - judge the mood of the respondent, before throwing the questions at an individual
• Never ask embarrassingly personal questions - relevance of a tooth-whitener to a person with yellow teeth in public can hardly be a good idea
• If questions of personal nature are a must, keep them until the end of the survey - asking a shabbily-clad youth whether he is on benefits as the first question is a disaster
• Don't make the respondent confused - asking a teenager about his age group is not a smart question
• Don't make the respondent irritated - forcing an individual in a hurry to answer a question is not well-thought
• Avoid bias - don't you think grilled chips are better than fried chips is obviously biased
• Ask general questions, if any, first and then the more specific ones
• Questions must be as simple as possible with short span
• Choice of answers must be small - a large choice will tire the respondent

#### A Simple Survey

 1) What is your age group? 12 - 14 14 - 16 16 - 18 18 - 20
 2) How much time do you spend on homework, after school, during weekdays ? 1 hour 2 hours 3 hours 4 hours
 3) How do you rate the importance of maths for a better career ? Very Somewhat Slightly Not much
 4) Who is your favourite idol at present ? A footballer A television personality A rock star A baseball player
 5) What is your favourite game of sports ? Football Tennis Golf Rugby
 6) How much time do you spend watching your favourite game on TV, in a week, approximately ? 3 hours 5 hours 8 hours More than 10 hours
 7) How do you communicate with your friends during the week ? Texting MSN Mobile phone Home telephone
 8 ) What is the best form of sharing information about your studies ? MSN Texting Home phone Mobile
 9) Which part of the world do you like to live in as a teenager ? Europe Middle east Asia America
 10 ) When you get into trouble, which one do you tend to turn to ? God Parents Brother or sister Best friend

Maths is challenging; so is finding the right book. K A Stroud, in this book, cleverly managed to make all the major topics crystal clear with plenty of examples; popularity of the book speak for itself - 7th edition in print.

### Recommended - GCSE & iGCSE

This is the best book available for the new GCSE(9-1) specification and iGCSE: there are plenty of worked examples; a really good collection of problems for practising; every single topic is adequately covered; the topics are organized in a logical order.

### Recommended for A Level

This is the best book that can be recommended for the new A Level - Edexcel board: it covers every single topic in detail;lots of worked examples; ample problems for practising; beautifully and clearly presented.