Yorkshire Branch of the
Mathematical Association

Programme 2019 - 2020

(There's a downloadable pdf version of this programme here
Links to pdfs of previous year's programmes are name="progs" below: ).

This year, our meetings will be held at the University of Leeds in the School of Mathematics, Room Mall 1, except the W P Milne Lecture, which will be in the Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre, Michael Sadler Building.

For directions and parking information, see here.

There is a Campus Map here (The School of Mathematics is building 84a.)


Unfortunately our October meeting had to be cancelled. It was to have been...

Thursday,October 3rd 2019 at 7pm for 7.30pm

Venue: MALL 1, School of Mathematics

"Let's work together: Effective collaboration in the mathematics classroom. "

Ems Lord, Mathematical Association President, Director of NRICH

In this highly interactive workshop, Ems will share some of her favourite Nrich
mathematical activities, exploring ways to maximise their potential for developing collaborative problem-solving skills. During the session, Ems will offer an insider's guide to the NRICH website, including top tips for classes hoping to see their solutions published on NRICH

Tuesday 3th Dec 2019 7pm for 7.30pm

Venue: MALL 1, School of Mathematics

"Christmas Quiz and Buffet!"

Tim Devereux and Alan Slomson - YBMA

A sociable evening of brain-frazzling questions, quirky mathematical prizes with seasonal food and drink. Cajole your colleagues to come and enjoy themselves.


Saturday 25th January 2020 1.30pm for 2pm

Venue: MALL 1, School of Mathematics

Andrew Jeffrey – the Mathemagician

What do The Rosetta Stone, Maths and Magic all have in common?

The Rosetta Stone changed our understanding of Ancient Egypt completely. But what could it possibly have to do with maths, and specifically how children learn it? Come along and find out! During this talk, Andrew will explain his thinking behind what works, and why. He will also play noughts and crosses, show you an impossible card trick, and even attempt to predict the evening's Lottery Results!

Wednesday 1st April 2020 2.30pm

Venue: Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre, Michael Sadler Building, University of Leeds

Dr James Cranch – University of Sheffield

How often do curves meet?

If you take an equation involving variables x and y, you can draw a graph of its solutions: they form a plane curve. If you have two such equations, you have two curves, and you can ask how many times they intersect each other.
I'll explain why counting these intersections is useful for a range of things: from understanding Pythagoras's equation
a^2 + b^2 = c^2 , to annoying people on the internet, to the cutting edge of mathematics.
I'll show a very simple formula, which happens to be wrong, and explain why it's a good idea to ignore the fact that it's wrong.

Here are links to pdfs of previous year's programmes:

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[Last updated: 18-09-2019]