MAS115: Mathematical Investigation Skills, 2014-2015

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

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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.

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 and syllabus is below.

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

Course Materials

The course materials, by lecturer, are below.

Python (Prof van de Bruck)

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
9 Lecture Week 9 lab
10 Lecture Week 10 lab
11 Lecture Week 11 lab
12 Lecture
Python script
Group project launch
Cannonballs task

Presentation (Dr Marsh)

The 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 (no homework)
9 CSS, webspace and domain names Lab sheet Webpage, CSS (no homework)
10 Referencing, plagiarism and group working Lab sheet Webpage (Mini-project to webpage)
11 Mini-project peer-assessment Lab sheet,
projectiles.xlsx,
solver.xslx
My projectiles sheet,
Euclidean algorithm,
My solver sheet
(no homework)
12 (None) (None) (None) (no homework)

R (Dr Heaton)

The materials for the lectures and labs on R from Semester 2 are below.

Week Lectures Computer labs Homework solutions
1 Lecture 1 and R file Lab and R file Solution and R file
2 Lecture 2 and R file Lab and R file Solution and R file
3 Lecture 3 and R file Lab and R file Solution and R file
4 Lecture 4 and R file Lab and R file Solution and R file
5 Lecture 5 and R file Lab and R file Solution and R file
6 (Project launch)
7 Lecture 6 and R file Lab and R file Solution

Projects

Mini-projects

The Semester 1 mini-project was released in Week 8 of Semester 1. The Semester 2 mini-project was released in Week 6 of Semester 2. Both 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 12 of Semester 1. The second group project was launched in Week 6 of Semester 2. Both are below. (You may be asked to log-in with your standard university unsername and password.)

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

Below is guidance on uploading zip files to the upload system.

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

Contact Details

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