This is the 2016-2017 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 Tuesday in G9 (no appointment necessary).

Simon Willerton has an office hour at 2pm 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 | Exercise solutions | Homework solutions |
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1 | Lecture | Lab sheet | Playlist | Exercise solutions | Homework solutions |

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

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

4 | Lab sheet | Exercise solutions | |||

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 | |

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

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 3.5. - 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)

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

- LaTeX templates:
- a basic LaTeX preamble for documents

- 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

Prof Paul Blackwell

Room I7, Hicks Building

Telephone: 0114 2223719 (internal extension: 23719)

email: p.blackwell@shef.ac.uk