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MATH10001 Mathematical Workshop Dr Louise Walker (Alan Turing 2.243) louise.walker@manchester.ac.uk Office hours: Thursdays, Fridays 10:30-11:30am Course materials at www.blackboard.manchester.ac.uk or www.maths.manchester.ac.uk/undergraduate/ ugstudies/units/2010-11/level1/MATH10001/.

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MATH10001Mathematical WorkshopDr Louise Walker(Alan Turing 2.243)louise.walker@manchester.ac.ukOffice hours: Thursdays, Fridays 10:30-11:30amCourse materials at www.blackboard.manchester.ac.uk or www.maths.manchester.ac.uk/undergraduate/ugstudies/units/2010-11/level1/MATH10001/

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MATH10001 Mathematical Workshop

  • 4 Projects
  • Individual and group work
  • Homework
  • Project reports
  • Group presentation
  • In class test in week 12
  • 100% coursework and test – no exam in January
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Week 1 Introduction to the Workshop

Week 2 Project 1 - Conic Sections

Week 3 Project 1 - Conic Sections

Week 4 Group presentations

Week 5 Project 2 - Groups

Week 6 Mid-semester break

Week 7 Project 2 - Groups

Week 8 Project 3 - Difference Equations

Week 9 Project 3 - Difference Equations

Week 10 Project 4 - Graphs

Week 11 Project 4 - Graphs

Week 12 In class test

assessment
Assessment

Each project report is worth 15%.

There will be a marks for the correctness of the mathematics, marks for the quality and clarity of presentation and a group mark.

The group mark is 1/4 average mark for your group (only for those students who have attended the classes).

Group presentation is worth 5%.

In class test is worth 35%.

working in groups
Working in groups

For the projects and presentation you’ll be in group with 5 or 6 other students.

Group times and rooms are given on the MATH10001 website.

You’ll be working with a postgraduate facilitator.

Working effectively with other people is a very useful skill.

writing mathematics
Writing Mathematics
  • maths is often poorly communicated
  • who are you writing for?
  • write in sentences
  • use a suitable balance of words and symbols
  • use diagrams and examples
word processing mathematics
Word processing mathematics

There are several packages thatcan be used to produce mathematical text.

Most professional mathematicians use LaTeX. To find out more see the online course at

http://www.maths.manchester.ac.uk/~ahazel/courses_latex.html

Or you can use Microsoft Word. This has an in-built Equation Editor that can be used to construct mathematical expressions. See the MATH10001 website for more details.

thinking mathematically
Thinking Mathematically
  • Entry
  • Attack
  • Review

(J. Mason – Thinking Mathematically)

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Entry:
  • Read and understand
  • Use examples and diagrams
  • Look for patterns
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Attack:
  • Generalise from specific examples
  • Make conjectures
  • Use logical arguments to prove conjectures
  • Convince yourself, convince a friend,

convince an enemy

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Review:
  • Check your working
  • Have you covered all cases?
  • Can you extend your arguments

to other cases?

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Which natural numbers x, y and z satisfy

x2 + y2 = z2 ?

What about x3 + y3 = z3 ?

Some problems that are very easy to state still haven’t been solved.

Goldbach’s Conjecture:

Every even number greater than 2 can be written as the sum of two primes.

4=2+2, 6=3+3, 8=3+5, 10=5+5, 12 = 5+7, 14=7+7, 16=3+13, …

group presentations
Group presentations
  • Week 4 (Tuesday 19th October)
  • 15 minute group presentation
  • Famous mathematician life and works
  • Each group produces a word processed handout to accompany the talk
  • Assessed by your postgraduate facilitator