MAS115: Mathematical Investigation Skills, 2021-2022

Lecturers: Dr Alexander Fletcher, Dr Sam Marsh, Ms Bryony Moody

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This is the 2021-2022 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.

Course information

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 transferable skills are very useful in the workplace and valued by employers.

A course information sheet is below.

Accessing support

As well as asking demonstrators in the computer classes, you can access support for MAS115 by posting questions on the online discussion board or by attending an office hour, as detailed below.

Discussion board

There is an online discussion board for MAS115. This is a forum for MAS115 students to use to ask and answer (anonymously, if preferred) questions on the material for the course. Your lecturers will look at it too and be notified of new posts. The board can be found in Blackboard so log-in with your usual username and password when asked.

Office hours

Alex Fletcher has an online office hour at 1pm on Tuesdays. Sam Marsh has an online office hour at 2pm on Fridays. To book appointment slots for either of these office hours, please use the links provided in Blackboard. If these times cause difficulties, e.g. due to a timetable clash, please email Alex or Sam directly (our contact details can be found at the bottom of this page).


Course materials

The course materials, by lecturer, are below. If you encounter any accessibility issues, please see the SoMaS Accessibility Statement or contact Alex or Sam directly (our contact details can be found at the bottom of this page).

Python (Alex Fletcher)

The materials for the Python lectures and labs from Semester 1 are below. PDF and HTML files are provided for accessibility reasons.

Week Lectures Computer labs Exercise solutions Homework solutions
1 Handout: PDF, HTML Lab sheet: PDF, HTML
2 Lab sheet: PDF, HTML PDF, HTML PDF, HTML
3 Handout: PDF, HTML Lab sheet: PDF, HTML PDF, HTML PDF, HTML
4 Lab sheet: PDF, HTML PDF, HTML PDF, HTML
5 Handout: PDF, HTML Lab sheet: PDF, HTML PDF, HTML PDF, HTML
6 Handout: PDF, HTML Lab sheet: PDF, HTML
Optional revision session
Sheet: PDF, HTML
Recording, Notebook
PDF, HTML
8 Lab sheet: PDF, HTML PDF, HTML PDF, HTML
9 Lab sheet: PDF, HTML PDF, HTML PDF, HTML
10 Peer assessment session Lab sheet: PDF, HTML PDF, HTML PDF, HTML
11 Lab sheet: PDF, HTML PDF, HTML PDF, HTML
12 Lab sheet: PDF, HTML
Optional revision session 2
Sheet: PDF, HTML
PDF, HTML PDF, HTML

Presentation (Sam Marsh)

The materials for the lectures and labs on presentation from Semester 1 are below. Source (.tex) files are provided for accessibility reasons.

Week Lectures Computer labs My lab attempts Model homework
1Video 1: Introductory Lecture
Video 2: Clarity of Writing
Clarity of Writing slides
(Also available as .tex file)
Lab sheet Week 1 / slide version
Video: Lab 1 demonstration
(Also available as .tex file)
PDF, LaTeXPDF, LaTeX
2About LaTeX slides
(Also available as .tex file)
Activity handouts: 1 2
Lab sheet Week 2 / slide version
(Also available as .tex file)
PDF, LaTeXPDF, LaTeX
3Packages and Environments slides
(Also available as .tex file)
Activity handout: PDF
Lab sheet Week 3 / slide version
(Also available as .tex file)
PDF, LaTeXPDF, LaTeX
4Images and Punctuation slides
(Also available as .tex file)
Activity handout: original corrected
Lab sheet Week 4 / slide version
(Also available as .tex file)
PDF, LaTeXPDF, LaTeX
5LaTeX errors and let-downs slides
(Also available as .tex file)
Activity handout: original corrected
Lab sheet Week 5 / slide version
(Also available as .tex file)
PDF, LaTeX(see MAS110 solutions)
6Beamer slides
(Also available as .tex file)
Lab sheet Week 6 / slide version
(Also available as .tex file)
PDF, LaTeX(mini-project)
8HTML slides
(Also available as .tex file)
Activity document: original / annotated
Webpage: to display / as coded /
with CSS / with different CSS
Lab sheet Week 8
(Also available as .tex file)
Webpage, CSS(mini-project)
9CSS, webspace and domain names slides
(Also available as .tex file)
Lab sheet Week 9
Download this webpage's HTML (right-click, save as): this page
(Also available as .tex file)
Webpage, CSS(peer assessment)
10Lab sheet Week 10
Download the week10text text file
(Also available as .tex file)
Webpage, CSS(mini-project to webpage)
11 Referencing and plagiarism, and group project launch Lab sheet Week 11
Downloads: projectiles.xlsx, solver.xslx
My projectiles sheet: .xlsx, Google sheet
Euclidean algorithm: .xlsx, Google sheet
My solver sheet: .xlsx only
(no homework)


Projects

Mini-projects

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

Group projects

The Semester 1 group project was released in Week 11 of Semester 1. (You may be asked to log-in with your standard university username and password.)

Remember: you must participate satisfactorily in all group projects to pass the module.

Below is guidance on uploading zip files to the upload system.

Upload system

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.


Extras

We will add here things related to the course that are useful or interesting.

General materials

Python materials

LaTeX

HTML and web design


Contact Details

Dr Alexander Fletcher
Email: a.g.fletcher@sheffield.ac.uk

Dr Sam Marsh
Email: s.j.marsh@sheffield.ac.uk