Yorkshire Branch of the
Mathematical Association

Programme 2017 - 2018


(There's a downloadable pdf version of this programme here.
Previous years:   2016/2017   2015/2016   2014/2015   2013/2014   2012/2013   2011/2012   2010/2011)

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.)


Wednesday 11th Oct 2017, 7pm for 7.30

Venue: MALL 1, School of Mathematics

"Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow? With silver bells and cockle shells and Fibonacci all in a row"
Tom Roper - President, The Mathematical Association, 2017-18

2016 saw the RHS Chelsea Flower Show feature a Mathematics Garden and whilst I didn’t go and see it, the articles about it that I read caused me to explore a little. The talk and activities therein won’t improve your garden but it might add something to your mathematical diet.

Thursday 7th Dec 2017 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 10th March 2018 11am for 11.15am

Venue: MALL 1, School of Mathematics

Enriching the Teaching of A level Mathematics
A Study Day for Teachers

Tom Roper - President, The Mathematical Association, 2016-17

"Teaching mechanics: assumptions, misconceptions and Newton's Laws"

This workshop will cover basic assumptions, misconceptions and Newton's Laws in the teaching of mechanics. There will be many activities used that can be taken very easily directly into the classroom.


"Using rich tasks for teaching A level Mathematics"

Lizzie Kimber

We will work together on some rich tasks offered by Underground Mathematics and consider the different ways in which the resources could be used to develop students' mathematical thinking. We will also discuss how classroom video clips can be used for teacher professional development.

The day will end with optional tea/coffee at 3pm.

For more details and to register for the study day please e-mail Alan (A.Slomson@leeds.ac.uk). Registration fee £10 (includes lunch).

Wednesday 21st March 2018 2.30pm

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

W P Milne Lecture for Sixth Formers: "Are large databases good for your health?"

Dr Paul Baxter - Associate Professor in Biostatistics - University of Leeds

The big increase in computing power over recent years has made it possible to routinely record large volumes of information about our daily lives (and especially our health). Statistics is the essential tool for making sense of the huge quantities of data available. There are many exciting challenges - often the data that are missing or poorly recorded are at least as informative as the data that are present. The real strength of such databases comes when they are linked together to see the bigger picture, but how do we do this, and should we worry that our privacy is being invaded? In this talk we look at these issues through examples ranging from goals in world cup football to survival following a heart attack.

This talk is included in the Key Stage 5 Maths Day during the Leeds Festival of Science. Visit www.leeds.ac.uk/festivalofscience for more details.

Saturday June 9th 2018, 2pm for 2.30

Venue: MALL 1, School of Mathematics

The Summer Meeting: "A story of Mathematics told through my stamp collection"
Jane Turnbull - YBMA

A chance to have a look at some of my stamp (and other related philatelic items) collection which tells a history of mathematics. You will be able to hear about a selection of my favourite bits and for those of you who enjoyed the talk last year there will definitely be a new selection for you to see.

Followed directly by...
The YBMA AGM (at the same venue)

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