Branch Events

2017 - 2018 Branch Events Calendar

 

Maths Rocks - some surprising applications for the Queen of Sciences

27 September 2017

Programme For The Academic Year 2017– 18

Title:  Maths Rocks - some surprising applications for the Queen of Sciences

Presenter: Andrew Jeffrey

Date: Wednesday 27th September 2017     

Time:  5pm

Summary:  tba

Venue:  BHASVIC, Adult Education Centre

Venue Address:  205 Dyke Road, Hove, BN3 6EG

Branch Contact name/email:  Dr. Paul Harris  

Door Charge:  n/a


Scaling New Heights to Master Multiplication

5 October 2017

Branch:           MA ATM Birmingham Branch

Title:               Scaling New Heights to Master Multiplication

Presenters:    John Mason

Date:              Thursday, 5 October 2017

Time:              7 pm for 7.15 pm start. Finish 8.45 pm.

Summary:      Participants will be invited to work on tasks which focus on scaling, because it is the core idea behind multiplication, and the sooner children encounter scaling, the better. Working with elastics affords access to multiplication with continuous quantities; working geometrically on the line and in the plane reveals an unexpected property when scalings are compounded.   It will be suitable to teachers of KS 1, 2, 3,and 4.

Venue:           Room G39 (Fourth floor), School of Education, University of Birmingham

Contact:         Please email Lindsay at L.francome@bishopullathorne.co.uk to let her know you intend to come; it helps with organising drinks.

Cost:               Free if you are a member of MA or ATM, otherwise £2


Arithmetricks Workshop

7 October 2017

Title:  Arithmetricks Workshop

Presenter: Rob Eastaway

Date: 7th October 2017

Time:  10.00-12.30

Summary:  According to a statistic that I just made up, only 1% of school leavers can square the number 29 in their head. Well why would they need to? They have a calculator to do that. Thanks to calculators and spreadsheets, mental arithmetic has become something of a forgotten art., the poor relation of mathematics, which is now almost completely ignored in post-16 education. (This explains why school-leavers are often far less fluent at arithmetic than Year 6 children).

This workshop is a chance to try out and share arithmetic methods and short-cuts ancient and modern – and to remind yourself that arithmetic can enrich understanding of deeper mathematical ideas.

Why attend? Partly because there are times when being able to work out 223 divided by 17 in your head can be useful - and partly just for the fun of it.

Venue Address:  The Institute of Education, Main Building, Room 822, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL.  (Not the usual room this time.)

Branch Contact name/email:  Please email any enquiries to Chris Olley . 

Note:  We cover our costs with a £10 fee for individuals and £20 for the whole of your department and this is for the whole year including the conference! Teachers in training of all types are free.


Bar Modelling

7 October 2017

Title:  Session on Bar Modelling

Presenters:    Gary Setchell

Date:              Saturday 7 October 2017

Time:              09:30 for 10:00 start - finishing by 12:15

Summary:      Gary is an SLE at Bournville Junior School TSA. He first stumbled across what Sybilla Beckmann (2004) described as ‘strip diagrams’ whilst completing his M.Ed. a few years ago. This practical session covers how bar modelling can be a powerful tool for revealing the structure of problems. Having been convinced at school - by himself and others - he didn’t have a ‘maths brain’, he has now found himself hell-bent on a mission to get schools bar modelling.

Venue:           Venue: University of Leicester in the Fraser Noble Hall

Contact:         To book a place please send your Name by email t Rob Smith 

Cost:   There is an entrance fee for those in work (£5) and for GTP/PGCE students (£2).

The ATM & MA will have publications available via bookstalls at break time (please bring cash/cheque or card).


Driving is a risky business!

11 October 2017

LivMS Popular Lectures Programme 2017-18

Title:  Driving is a risky business!

Presenter: Laura Bonnett

Date:   Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Time:  5.30-6.30 pm

Summary:  In the UK, the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) adopt a risk based approach to determine who can obtain a driving license either as a new driver, or following an incapacitating medical event such as an epileptic seizure. Together, we will deliberate what we consider to be an acceptable level of risk of an accident as a new driver. We will then debate whether this level of risk should also apply to people with underlying medical conditions such as epilepsy. We will finally discuss the implications of our decisions for the drivers, but also for the rest of the population.

Venue:  tbc

Venue Address:  tbc

Branch Contact:  For more info please email Peter Giblin  

Door Charge:  n/a


Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?......

11 October 2017

Branch:            Yorkshire Branch

Title:                Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow? With silver bells and cockle shells and Fibonacci all in a row.

Presenter:       Tom Roper - President, The Mathematical Association, 2017-18

Date:               Wednesday, 11th Oct 2017

Time:               7pm for 7:30pm

Summary:       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.

Venue:              University of Leeds, School of Mathematics, Room MALL 1, Leeds LS2 9JT

Contact:          Alan Slomson

 


Consistency of Imagery

1 November 2017

Branch:                 Exeter MA/ATM

Headline/Event Title:    Consistency of Imagery

Presenter:          Caroline Ainsworth

Date:                     Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Time:                    6.30pm coffee.  Workshop 7pm – 8pm

Summary/Abstract:  In this hands-on session, Caroline Ainsworth will explore and demonstrate the ways in which she uses Cuisenaire Rods as a consistent image to develop children’s understanding of the structure of mathematics.

Suitable for anyone who is interested but particularly for teachers of primary and KS3 mathematics.

Venue:  Exeter Mathematics School

Venue Location/Address:  Rougemont House, Castle Street, Exeter, Devon EX4 3PU

Cost:      Free

Branch Contact:  If you would like to attend, please contact Richard Perring

Any other content:  This event is now fully booked.


What's Missing?

11 November 2017

Branch: Meridian MA/ATM

Title:  What's Missing?

Presenter:  John Ling

Date: 11th November 2017

Time:  9.30am – 12.30pm

Summary:  The workshop is based around a simple idea: given a set of items from which some are missing, use what you've got to work out which items are missing. John has used the original materials with pupils in Y5-Y8.

Venue:  Abbey School, Reading

Venue Address:  17 Kendrick Rd, Reading RG1 5DZ

Cost:   £5 (to include a voucher redeemable at the book stalls.)

Branch Contact:  Please email any enquiries to Elizabeth Glaister.   


Binary Investigations

5 December 2017

Programme for the Academic Year 2017– 18

Title:  Binary Investigations

Presenter: Chris Pritchard

Date: Tuesday, 5th December 2017   

Time:  4:30 pm

Summary:  tba

Venue:  Lancing College,

Venue Address:  Lancing, BN15 0RW

Branch Contact name/email:  Dr. Paul Harris  

Door Charge:  n/a


Christmas Quiz and Buffet

7 December 2017

Branch:            Yorkshire Branch

Title:                Christmas Quiz and Buffet!

Presenters:     Tim Devereux and Alan Slomson – YBMA

Date:               Thursday, 7th December 2017

Time:               7pm for 7:30pm

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

Venue:             University of Leeds, School of Mathematics, Room MALL 1, Leeds LS2 9JT

Contact:          Alan Slomson  


The Fluid Dynamics of Chocolate Fountains

18 December 2017

Category: Branch Event

Branch:  Liverpool

LivMS Popular Lectures Programme 2017-18

Title:  The Fluid Dynamics of Chocolate Fountains

Presenter: Adam Townsend

Date:   Monday, 18 December

Time:  2 – 3 pm

Summary:  Chocolate fountains are popular features at special events. But why do they never use white chocolate? Would they work with water? And why, when the chocolate falls, does it fall slightly inwards? In this most delectable of studies, we investigate the trade-off between accuracy and simplicity in models used by commercial chocolatiers. In different geometries of the fountain, we solve the governing equations, mostly analytically, and compare these results with observations from our own fountain experiments. We find that, with some limitations, our models are in fact good for a number of non-Newtonian fluid problems. Marshmallows are, sadly, not provided.

Venue:  tbc

Venue Address:  tbc

Branch Contact:  For more info please email Peter Giblin.

Door Charge:  n/a


Taxi-cab Geometry

23 January 2018

Programme for the Academic Year 2017– 18

Title:  Taxi-cab Geometry

Presenter: Tom Roper

Date: Tuesday 23rd January 2018     

Time:  5 pm

Summary:  tba

Venue:  Burgess Hill School for Girls

Venue Address:  Keymer Road, Burgess Hill, RH15 OEG.

Branch Contact name/email:  Dr. Paul Harris  p.j.harris@brighton.ac.uk

Door Charge:  n/a


Adventures in Shape & Space

22 February 2018

Category:        Branch Event

Branch:           Exeter MA/ATM

Headline/Event Title:            Adventures in Shape & Space

Presenter:       Tom Roper

Date:               Thursday, 22 February 2018

Time:               6.30pm coffee.  Talk 7pm – 8pm

Summary/Abstract:  In this talk, Tom Roper considers how other subjects make use of shape and space.  What might shape and space look like if we change the way we measure?  There will be lots to explore, activities to undertake, some that may be of use in the classroom, some that may just need further research by you!  We shall begin with the well-known theorem that small mammals are either furry or eat a lot, or both!

Suitable for anyone who is interested, but particularly for teachers of KS4 and KS5 mathematics.

Tom Roper taught mathematics in schools and colleges for 17 years, before joining the staff of the School of Education at the University of Leeds.  He is now retired and is the current President of The Mathematical Association.

Venue:  Exeter Mathematics School

Venue Location/Address:  Rougemont House, Exeter, Devon EX4 3PU

Cost:    Free

Branch Contact:  Please contact Richard Perring to ensure your place.

Any other content: 


Dynamics topic, maybe boomerangs, tbc

28 February 2018 - 1 March 2018

 

LivMS Popular Lectures Programme 2017-18

Title:  Dynamics topic, maybe boomerangs

Presenter: Jonathan Histed

Date:   tbc 28 February or 1 March 2018

Time:  tbc

Summary:  tbc  ‘why do pigs and boomerangs fly?  Find out and make your own boomerang.

Venue:  tbc

Venue Address:  tbc

Branch Contact:  For more information email Peter Giblin

Door Charge:  n/a


Annual Problem Drive

7 March 2018

Programme for the Academic Year 2017– 18

Title:  Annual Problem Drive

Presenter: Sussex Branch Committee

Date: Wednesday, 7th March 2018   

Time:  4:30 pm

Venue:  Roedean School

Venue Address:  Roedean Way, Brighton, BN2 5RQ

Branch Contact name/email:  Dr. Paul Harris  

Door Charge:  n/a


Enriching the teaching of A level mathematics: a study day for teachers.

10 March 2018

Branch:            Yorkshire Branch

Title:                Enriching the teaching of A level mathematics: a study day for teachers.

Presenters:     Tom Roper (pre-lunch) Lizzie Kimber (post-lunch)

Date:               Saturday, 10th March 2018

Time:               11am for 11:15am

Summary:

Pre-lunch session Tom Roper

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

After lunch session Lizzie Kimber

Using rich tasks for teaching A level Mathematics
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.

Venue:            University of Leeds, School of Mathematics, Room MALL 1, Leeds LS2 9JT

Contact:          For more details and to register for the study day please e-mail Alan Slomson.


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

21 March 2018

Branch:            Yorkshire Branch

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

Presenter:       Dr Paul Baxter – Associate Professor in Biostatistics - University of Leeds

Date:               Wednesday, March 21st 2018

Time:               2.30pm-3.30pm

Summary:       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 lecture forms part of the Leeds Festival of Science. Places at the lecture are free but must be booked in advance.

Venue:             University of Leeds, Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre, Michael Sadler Building, Leeds LS2 9JT

Contact:          Alan Slomson  

                        Places at the lecture are free but must be booked in advance.


A story of Mathematics told through my stamp collection

9 June 2018

Branch:            Yorkshire Branch

Title:                A story of Mathematics told through my stamp collection

Presenter:       Jane Turnbull - YBMA

Date:               Saturday,  9th June 2018

Time:               2pm for 2:30pm

Summary:       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.

Venue:             University of Leeds,  School of Mathematics, Room MALL 1, Leeds LS2 9JT

Contact:          Alan Slomson  

Extra Note:      The YBMA AGM (at the same venue) will follow this presentation.