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Be a maths student for the day

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Time: 10am-3.30pm

Location: School of Mathematics and Statistics, Hicks Building, Hounsfield Road, University of Sheffield, S3 7RH

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Who: This workshop is suitable for Y12 students studying A Level Mathematics with an interest in studying mathematics and statistics at university.

Cost: Free but you will need to bring your own lunch.

Accessibility: If you have additional support requirements please contact us before booking.

Our taster days have been designed to give A Level mathematicians the chance to experience what it's like to study mathematics and statistics at university.

We'll introduce you to areas of mathematics you might not have explored before, tell you about some of the most interesting puzzles you can use mathematics to solve, and maybe get you thinking about mathematics in a completely different way.

The day will include talks by our lecturers, who can give you useful mathematics tips and advice on applying for your degree. You'll also be able to learn more about studying at the University of Sheffield and explore our campus.

Time Activity
10am-10.30am Arrivals and registration
Welcome and introduction to the University
12 noon

Talk: Continued Fractions with Dr James Cranch

This session's about a simple arithmetic method that could be taught well before GCSE but isn't. You know how to get a decimal from a fraction, but how do you go the other way?

After discussing this, we'll move on (after a detour about nuclear power station safety) to a surprising use of this.

12 noon-
Campus tour
12.45pm-1.30pm Lunch

Talk: Pythagoras' Theorem, Scissor Congruence and Beyond! with Dr Fionntann Roukema

This session will be about cutting things up and gluing them back together again. For example, if you cut a square along a diagonal you get two triangles. These triangles can be rearranged to form a triangle or a quadrilateral with the same area (try it for yourself).

You'll start by playing with an old Chinese puzzle. From there, you'll prove mathematics most famous theorem armed with nothing but some paper and a pair of scissors! Inspired by the puzzle and our proof we'll think about a question that was considered to be one of the most important mathematical problems of the 20th century.

2.45pm-3.15pm Question and answer session
3.15pm-3.30pm Wrap-up, evaluations and depart


Please check back soon for the latest dates of upcoming tasters days.

Travel information

Event registration is from 10am in the reception of the School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Sheffield, Hicks Building, Hounsfield Road, Sheffield S3 7RH.

The day starts with a welcome talk at 10.30am and finishes at approximately 3.30pm.

The easiest way to travel to campus from Sheffield train station is by tram. Trams regularly run between Sheffield railway station and the University of Sheffield tram stop, from which is a short walk to the Hicks Building. For those arriving by car, Durham Road Q Park is the nearest car park to campus and spaces can be booked in advance (advised).

Maps and travel information

For informal enquiries please email schoolsliaison@sheffield.ac.uk.