Mathematics taster session

Do you enjoy studying maths and want to find out more about the ancient origins of calculus? Join us for this virtual maths taster session where you’ll experience life as a student studying mathematics at university in a lecture led by Dr Roukema.

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Ancient Calculus

Have you ever wondered about the origins of a topic studied by millions of people all over the world? You may have been told that the discovery of calculus was due to Newton, and that it consists of his ‘limiting’ approach to finding derivatives. This is not quite right! Limiting arguments predate Newton and Liebniz by millennia, and calculus is in fact the systematic calculation of areas and volumes enabled by the astounding inverse relationship between differentiation and integration. In this lecture we will see an ancient limiting argument of outstanding beauty, and finish with a comprehensive understanding of what calculus really is. You will also have a chance to find out more about being a maths student at The University of Sheffield, and where a degree in maths can take you. You will hear from some of our current students who will all be on hand to answer any questions you might have about studying maths at university.

"It was interesting, and almost like a mini open day which was great! The facilitators were really engaging and the student ambassadors were really helpful"

When: Wednesday 22nd November 2023, 4pm - 5.30pm

Age group: Year 12 and Year 13

Location: Online

Suitable for: students studying A Level Mathematics.


Please note that this is an approximate schedule and therefore is subject to change.

Time Activity
4.00pm  Log in and get comfortable
4.05pm Welcome and introductions to the University
4.20pm Ancient Calculus with Dr Fionntan Roukema
5.10pm 'Being a maths student' – Q&A
5.30pm Close

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