This is the 2015-2016 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.

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).

Simon Willerton has an office hour at 2.30pm on a Monday in J19 (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 | Screencasts | Solutions |
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1 | Lecture | Lab sheet | Solutions | |

2 | Lab sheet | Solutions | ||

3 | Lab sheet | Solutions | ||

4 | Lab sheet | Screencast | Solutions | |

5 | Lab sheet | Screencast | Solutions | |

6 | Lab sheet | Screencast | Solutions | |

8 | Lab sheet | Solutions | ||

9 | Lab sheet | |||

10 | 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 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 | (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) |

9 | CSS, webspace and domain names | Lab sheet | (peer assessment) |

The Semester 1 mini-project was released in Week 6 of Semester 1. It is available below. (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.

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.

- The Intro Week computer session handout. (Note: the Python here is version 2.7, not 3.4!)
- 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 3.4 - A Python script: higher_lower.py.
- Think Python, an introduction to Python programming for beginners, available free online.

- Download and install MiKTeX for Windows at home for free: MiKTeX.org. (show instructions)

- 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.
- Fix TeXworks (or TeXmaker) on the University's managed desktop. (show instructions)

- Find the LaTeX for maths symbols using Detexify.
- LaTeX templates:
- a basic LaTeX preamble for documents
- a Beamer preamble (used to create my lecture slides)

- 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 Simon Willerton

Room J19, Hicks Building

Telephone: 0114 2223823 (internal extension: 23823)

email: s.willerton@shef.ac.uk