The use of technology can help students learn mathematics. For example a short podcast can show a mathematical topic, which can be paused or the the key parts can be reviewed multiple times as required.
Dr. Julian Stander has just published, to our youtube channel, two new podcasts on the Binomial Distribution and Maximum Likelihood Estimation.
Sometimes it seems that politicians are always getting younger and younger. Julian Stander from CMS at Plymouth University and Prof. Mario Cortina Borja from University College London have done an analysis of the age of Prime Ministers of the UK, both of when they start in office and the age at death.
This week Plymouth University is running a festival of research. The week-long programme will showcase the work that is being carried out across the University and highlight how our research is making a difference in economic, environmental, social and cultural terms.
Tomorrow Dr Luciana Dalla Valle is presenting her research on sentiment analysis on social media (e.g. Facebook), with other colleagues from our School Dr Marco Palomino and Dr Giovanni Masala. This event was arranged by the big data group at Plymouth University.
The Guardian newspaper has reported that a new prime number has been recently discovered. The new prime number is equal to two to the power of 77,232,917 and subtracting one.
The mathematics of prime numbers is taught in the first year module called: Mathematical Reasoning. Apart from the fundemental aspects of prime nunber to numbers, they are crucial to crystallography, and hence are important for national security and the internet.
A brief overview of the contents of the module are:
This module introduces the basic reasoning skills needed to develop and apply mathematical ideas. Clear logical thinking is central to the understanding of mathematics. The module explores fundamental properties of prime numbers, their random generation and use in modern cryptography.
This month, Dr. Jenny Sharp is running a series of masterclasses in mathematics for year 9 students from local schools. This year is the 22nd series of the annual Masterclass series at Plymouth which are part of a nationwide programme in association with the Royal Institution. The events are:
6th Jan: Sam Durbin, The Royal Institution, Game Theory
20th Jan: Jenny Sharp, Plymouth University, An exploration of the Fibonacci numbers
3rd Feb: Anton Ilderton, Plymouth University, Quantum Stuff!
17th Feb: Matthew Craven, Plymouth University, Non-Euclidean Geometry
3rd March: A Carousel of Activities followed by talk to parents and certificate presentation.
Just before Christmas, Craig McNeile attended the Annual Theory Meeting and STFC Town meeting, organized by the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology. This meeting comprises of a series of plenary talks on topical topics in theoretical particle physics. It is also a way to meet researchers and colleagues from around the UK.
This year there were talks on: Heavy Flavour anomalies (where there is tantalizing evidence for the failure of the standard model of particle physics), and new measurements of the cosmological parameters from large scale of surveys of the Universe. The final physics talk was by Dr. David Newbold from Bristol University, who reviwed the latest results from the LHC and the plans for the upgrade of the LHC.