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Maths Masterclasses

 

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The Loughborough University Maths Masterclasses started in Autumn 2005 under the initiative of Professor A.P.Veselov with the support of the Department of Mathematical Sciences and the Widening Participation office.

These classes were aimed at pupils in years 8 and 9 from local schools and have since been extended to year 10 and 11 pupils. They normally took place about five times a term (Autumn and Spring terms), on Saturdays from 9.30 a.m. till 12.30 p.m.

Several members of staff of the Maths Department as well as undergraduates and PhD students are involved in running the classes. Each session usually started with a short lesson from a staff member on a topic complementary to school material. During the lesson the pupils have an opportunity to interact with each other as well as with the lecturer and assistants. Each session usually starts with a short lesson given by  a staff member on a topic complementary to the school syllabus. During the lesson the pupils have an opportunity to interact with each other as well as with the lecturer and the assistants.

The core part of the session is the problem solving activity called the “Maths Battle,” which is a simplified version of the Russian “Матбой”. The pupils are given ten problems to solve on their own during about an hour (see a sample list). Then they are split into two teams and given some time in different rooms to discuss the solutions, strategy of the battle and to choose a captain. The battle begins with the Captain Duel when the captains are given a simple puzzle to solve in a short period of time. The winner starts the battle, which consists in challenging the opposite team on solving a particular problem. The details of the rules can be found here.

Last years Maths Battles had been run on request in some UK schools outside Loughborough region. For more information about the Maths Battles contact Professor A.P. Veselov.

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