This Thursday 30th of June the School of Mathematics & Physics of Lincoln is offering an event for year 12 students studying level 3 mathematics who are looking to find out more about studying maths at university. Among the offered activities, there will be some problem solving as well, a talk about admissions procedures for studying maths at university, and a masterclass. Check the detailed programme below.

10:30 – 10:45

Welcome and H&S (Dr Matthew Booth)

10:45 – 11:15

Applying to university (Dr Martin Greenall)

11:15 – 11:45

Subject talk: “Group Theory: Algebra of Transformations” (Prof. Evgeny Khukhro)

11:45 – 12:00

An undergraduate student’s perspective (Leah Ward)

12:00 – 12:30

Lunch break

12:30 – 13:45

Problem solving session (Dr Matthew Booth)

13:15 – 14:00

Activity: “Estimating pi by rolling dice” (Prof Andrei Zvelindovsky & Owen Cockroft)

14:00 – 14:30

Q&A

Abstracts

Prof. Evgeny Khukhro: Group Theory: Algebra of Transformations: Every mathematical object has its own group of structure-preserving transformations. Group Theory studies groups in their own right; it is a dynamic rich area of Algebra, with many open problems, where new results and methods appear all the time. The lecture introduces the idea of a group, illustrated by examples of groups of transformations and by calculations in an abstract group. Breakthrough results on greater commutativity of group operations are explained, along with links to recent group theory research by Lincoln algebraists. The lecture slides are available here.

Prof Andrei Zvelindovsky & Owen Cockroft: Estimating pi by rolling dice: This activity demonstrates a method for estimating pi from the results of rolling dice, that involves some advanced mathematics including complex analysis and prime numbers.

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