MAS115: Mathematical Investigation Skills, 2013-2014

Lecturers: Dr Sam Marsh, Prof Carsten van de Bruck, Dr Tim Heaton

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This is the 2013-2014 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.

Course Information

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 is below.

Sam Marsh has an office hour at 2pm on a Tuesday in G9 (no appointment necessary).

Course Materials

The course materials, separated by lecturer, are below.

Python (Prof van de Bruck)

These materials are for the Python lectures and labs which took place in Semester 1.

Week Lectures Computer labs Homework
1 Lecture (no lab) (no homework)
2 Lecture Lab sheet (no homework)
3 Lecture Lab sheet Homework
4 Lecture Lab sheet (no homework)
5 Lecture Lab sheet (no homework)
6 Lecture Lab sheet Semester 1 mini-project
8 Lecture Lab sheet (no homework)
9 Lecture Lab sheet (no homework)
10 (Lecture cancelled due to strike) Lab sheet Cannonballs homework
and Python script
11 Lecture Lab sheet and Chinese Fowl Problem script (no homework)
12 Lecture Lab sheet (no homework)

Presentation (Dr Marsh)

These materials are for the lectures and labs on presentation which took place in Semester 1.

Week Lecture slides Computer labs My lab attempts Model homework
1 Clarity of Writing
Also available as a document
Lab sheet PDF, LaTeX PDF, LaTeX
2 What is LaTeX?
Activity handouts: 1, 2, 3
Lab sheet PDF, LaTeX PDF, LaTeX
3 Packages and Environments
Activity handout: About Python
Lab sheet PDF, LaTeX PDF, LaTeX
4 Images and Punctuation
Activity handout: original, corrected
Lab sheet PDF, LaTeX PDF, LaTeX
5 LaTeX let-downs
Activity handout: original, corrected
Lab sheet PDF, LaTeX PDF, LaTeX
6 Beamer, Mini-project Lab sheet PDF, LaTeX (no homework)
8 HTML, Debugging tips
Activity document: original / annotated
Webpage: to display / as coded /
with CSS / with different CSS
Lab sheet Webpage, CSS (no homework)
9 CSS, Webservers
Activity document: PDF
Webpage: to display
Lab sheet Webpage (no homework)
10 Peer assessment session Lab sheet Webpage (miniproject as webpage)
11 Group working, Group project 1 Lab sheet,
projectiles.xlsx,
solver.xslx
My projectiles sheet,
Euclidean algorithm,
My solver sheet
(no homework)

R (Dr Heaton)

The materials for the lectures and labs on R which took place in Semester 2 are currently on MOLE.

Additional lectures

Additional lectures in Semester 2 took place as below.

Projects

Mini-projects

The Semester 1 mini-project was released in Week 6 of Semester 1, and the Semester 2 mini-project was released in Week 4 of Semester 2. They are available below. (You may be asked to log-in with your standard university unsername and password.)

Group Projects

The first group project was released in Week 11 of Semester 1, and the second group project was released in Week 5 of Semester 2. They can be found below.

Below is the CSS file you should use for the website projects. (You may be asked to log-in with your standard university unsername and password.) Also below is some guidance on uploading zip files to the upload system.

You must participate in all three group projects in order to pass the module.

Upload system

The project upload system can be found at the link below. You should use your standard university username, and you will have been emailed a password.

Group Project Submissions

You can view the submissions for group projects at the link below.

Discussion Board

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.

Extras

We will add here things related to the course that are useful or interesting.

General materials

Python materials

LaTeX

HTML and web-design

R

Contact Details

Dr Sam Marsh
Room G9, Hicks Building
Telephone: 0114 2223792 (internal extension: 23792)
email: s.j.marsh@shef.ac.uk