This is the 2018-2019 course web page for MAS115: Mathematical Investigation Skills, which will be updated as the module progresses. For official course information, including timetabling and syllabus, please consult the list of current modules.

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 Thursday in G9 (no appointment necessary).

Alex Fletcher has an office hour at 2pm on a Tuesday in G15 (no appointment necessary).

The course materials, by lecturer, are below.

The materials for the Python lectures and labs from Semester 1 are below.

Week | Lectures | Lab sheets | Exercise solutions | Homework solutions |
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1 | Lecture | Lab sheet | Exercise solutions | Homework solutions |

2 | Lab sheet | Exercise solutions | Homework solutions | |

3 | Lecture trial_division.py |
Lab sheet | Exercise solutions | Homework solutions |

4 | Lab sheet | Exercise solutions | Homework solutions | |

5 | Lecture trial_division_2.py |
Lab sheet | Exercise solutions | Homework solutions |

6 | Lecture | Lab sheet | Exercise solutions | (No homework) |

8 | Lab sheet |

The materials for the lectures and labs on presentation from Semester 1 are below.

Week | Lecture slides | Computer labs | My lab attempts | Model homework |
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1 | Clarity of Writing | Lab sheet | PDF, LaTeX | PDF, LaTeX |

2 | About LaTeX Activity handouts: 1 2 | Lab sheet | PDF, LaTeX | PDF, LaTeX |

3 | Packages and Environments Activity handout: PDF | Lab sheet | PDF, LaTeX | PDF, LaTeX |

4 | Images and Punctuation Videos: Images, Punctuation | Lab sheet | PDF, LaTeX | PDF, LaTeX |

5 | LaTeX errors and let-downs Activity handout: original corrected | Lab sheet | PDF, LaTeX | (see MAS110 solutions) |

6 | Beamer | Lab sheet | PDF, LaTeX | (mini-project) |

8 | HTML Activity document: original / annotated Webpage: to display / as coded / with CSS / with different CSS | Lab sheet | Webpage, CSS | (peer assessment) |

The Semester 1 mini-project was released in Week 6 of Semester 1. (You may be asked to log-in with your standard university unsername and password.)

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. If you are trying to connect from a computer not on the University's network (that is, not using a University PC or University Wifi), then you will need to set up a VPN connection. If you have trouble establishing a VPN connection, see this advice.

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 will look at it too and be notified of new posts. The board lies in MOLE, so log-in with your usual username and password when asked.

- The Intro Week computer session handout.
- The code.org website, an excellent resource for furthering programming skills. (show video)

- Download and install Python at home for free with Anaconda.

Make sure you install Python 3.6 or above. - A Python script: higher_lower.py (right-click, save-as, then run on your computer).
- Think Python, an introduction to Python programming for beginners, available free online.

- Download and install MiKTeX for Windows at home for free: MiKTeX.org.
- Download and install MacTeX for Macs at home for free: tug.org/mactex. (show instructions)

- Problems installing MiKTeX on Windows 7, 8 or 10? (show tips)

- Download and install TeXmaker for free.
- Download and install Geogebra for free.
- LaTeX templates:
- a basic LaTeX preamble for documents
- a Beamer preamble (used to create my lecture slides)

- Problems with the \includegraphics command? (show)
- Get rid of extra space when including Geogebra PDFs. (show instructions)

- Learn more about about LaTeX:

Dr Sam Marsh

Room G9, Hicks Building

Telephone: 0114 2223792 (internal extension: 23792)

email: s.j.marsh@shef.ac.uk

Dr Alex Fletcher

Room G15, Hicks Building

Telephone: 0114 2223846 (internal extension: 23846)

email: A.G.Fletcher@shef.ac.uk

Prof Paul Blackwell

Room I7, Hicks Building

Telephone: 0114 2223719 (internal extension: 23719)

email: p.blackwell@shef.ac.uk