**Pension dispute.** The trade union which represents academic and related staff at universities in the UK is currently involved in a national dispute over a proposed substantial downgrading to the pension provision for staff, known as USS (Universities Superannuation Scheme). This is taking the form of a marking and assessment boycott. As a union member, I will be supporting this action. You can read more about what it means below.

- What's the dispute about, and what does it mean for students? (show)
- An email I wrote to the Vice Chancellor of the University of Sheffield. (show)
- More detail on the situation for students.

This is the 2014-2015 course web page for MAS115: Mathematical Investigation Skills, which will be updated as the module progresses. For official course information, including timetabling, please consult the list of current modules.

MAS115 is a 20-credit, year long module. Over the year you will develop important skills needed to investigate and report on mathematical problems. These skills will be useful during your degree and beyond; such transferrable skills are very useful in the workplace and valued by employers.

A course information sheet and syllabus is below.

The course materials, by lecturer, are below.

The materials for the Python lectures and labs from Semester 1 are below.

Week | Lectures | Computer labs | Homework |
---|---|---|---|

1 | Lecture | None | Week 1 homework |

2 | Lecture | Week 2 lab | Week 2 homework |

3 | Lecture | Week 3 lab | |

4 | Lecture | Week 4 lab | Week 4 homework |

5 | Lecture | Week 5 lab | |

6 | Lecture | Week 6 lab | |

8 | Lecture | Week 8 lab |

These materials for the lectures and labs on presentation from Semester 1 are below.

Week | Lecture slides | Computer labs | My lab attempts | Model homework |
---|---|---|---|---|

1 | Clarity of Writing | Lab sheet | PDF, LaTeX | PDF, LaTeX |

2 | About LaTeX Activity handouts: 1 2 3 |
Lab sheet | PDF, LaTeX | PDF, LaTeX |

3 | Packages and Environments Activity handout: PDF |
Lab sheet | PDF, LaTeX | PDF, LaTeX |

4 | Images and Punctuation Activity handout: original corrected |
Lab sheet | PDF, LaTeX | PDF, LaTeX |

5 | LaTeX errors and let-downs Activity handout: original corrected |
Lab sheet | PDF, LaTeX | PDF, LaTeX |

6 | Beamer |
Lab sheet | PDF, LaTeX | (no homework) |

8 | HTML Activity document: original / annotated Webpage: to display / as coded / with CSS / with different CSS |
Lab sheet | Webpage, CSS |

The Semester 1 mini-project was released in Week 8 of Semester 1. It is available below. (You may be asked to log-in with your standard university unsername and password.)

There is a discussion board for MAS115. This is a forum for MAS115 students to use to ask and answer (anonmously, if preferred) questions on the material for the course. Your lecturers may look at it from time to time, but it's primarily a place for students to discuss things. The board lies in MOLE, so log-in with your usual username and password when asked.

- The Intro Week computer session handout.
- The code.org website, an excellent resource for furthering programming skills. (show video)

- Download and install Python at home for free with Anaconda or Canopy.

(Either should work fine; if in doubt, try Anaconda first.) - A Python script: hello.py.
- A Python script: counting.py.
- A Python script: power.py.
- A Python script: diffequations.py.
- A Python script: higher_lower.py.
- Think Python, an introduction to Python programming for beginners, available free online.
- A Lagrange Interpolation Python script: lagrange.py.

- Download and install MiKTeX for Windows at home for free: MiKTeX.org. (show instructions)

- Download and install MacTeX for Macs at home for free: tug.org/mactex. (show instructions)

- Download and install TeXmaker for free.
- Download and install Geogebra for free.
- Fix TeXworks (or TeXmaker) on the University's managed desktop. (show instructions)

- Find the LaTeX for maths symbols using Detexify.
- LaTeX templates:
- a basic LaTeX preamble for documents

- Get rid of extra space when including Geogebra PDFs. (show instructions)

- Learn more about about LaTeX:

Dr Sam Marsh

Room G9, Hicks Building

Telephone: 0114 2223792 (internal extension: 23792)

email: s.j.marsh@shef.ac.uk