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MA4K8 MA4K9 Projects

Organisers: Tobias Grafke, Charles Elliott

Term(s): Terms 1-2

Status for Mathematics students: Core for 4th Year G103

Assessment: See below

The fourth-year Project module comes in two flavours:

  • MA4K8 Maths-in-Action (MiA-Projects):
    Description: A primary purpose of these projects is further development of communication skills in speaking and writing. It is also suitable for students going on to careers (such as quantitative analysis in finance) in which developing mathematics will be a vital skill as well as students intending to pursue further mathematical studies and research. The projects involve understanding deeply how mathematics underpins a particular topic in the modern world and then communicating this understanding in the form of a presentation, a written popular science article, and a written scholarly report at the MMath level. The Maths-in-Action projects will show how some of the mathematics you have learnt at Warwick affects contemporary life and technology.
    Aims: The broad aims are: to develop your ability to communicate mathematics to diverse audiences and to give you a deeper appreciation of how mathematics underpins the modern world. Doing a Maths-in-Action project will teach you the art of scholarship and is also an opportunity to engage in mathematical research activity. It will help you to acquire a variety of presentation skills.
    Resources: Maths-in-Action Resources page
  • MA4K9 Research (R-Projects):
    Description:
    These projects are valuable for students intending to pursue further mathematical studies such as research degrees. It is also suitable for students going on to careers (such as quantitative analysis in finance) in which developing mathematics will be a vital skill. Finally, it is for anyone wishing to experience the joy of mathematical study at the frontiers of research.
    Aims: The primary aim of the Research Project is to give you experience of mathematics as it is pursued close to the frontiers of research, not just as a spectator sport but as an engaging, evolving activity in which you yourself can play a part.
    Resources: R-Projects Resource page

IMPORTANT: Please note the Important Dates sections below for the R-Projects and the MiA Projects. Deadlines must be strictly adhered to!

It is your responsibility to make sure you are registered for the correct version of the project on eMR!

In addition, all MMath students must register their project choice by midnight on
Sunday, 27 October 2019.

Register for Research Projects here
Register for Maths-in-Action Projects here

(assignments for the Maths-in-Action projects are published on the Maths-in-Action Resources page)

MATHS-in-ACTION PROJECTS

Assessment: The Maths-in-Action Projects are assessed on:

  • Scholarly Report and Viva (60% of the module credit).
  • Popular Article (10% of the module credit).
  • Presentation (20% of the module credit).
  • Progress Report (5% of the module credit).
  • Peer Assessment (5% of the module credit).

Planned Themes for 2019/20:

Climate,
Cryptocurrencies,
Collective dynamics,
Pedestrian dynamics,
Traffic and autonomous driving,
Quantum computing,
Data and machine learning,
Data, Information and Complexity,
Inverse problems,
Metal forming
Accoustics

It is important that you spend some time exploring each theme before making your choices. Past experience shows that rushing into a choice based on title alone is a bad idea.

    MiA Project Important Dates: The submission deadlines below are strict and marks will be deducted for late submissions!
    Further information about various submissions and meetings (including possibly additional open meetings) will be posted on the News Items on the Maths-in-Action Resources page. You should check it regularly.

    • Options Fair: Monday, 30 September, 2019 (Week 1). The organiser will give a brief overview of the MMaths projects.
    • Short open meeting for general discussion, and Q & A: 1:00 pm Wednesday, 16 October, 2019 MS.05 (Week 3).
    • Registration: You must register your project by Sunday, 27 October 2019 (the end of Week 4). Note, this is not the same as module registration.
    • Meeting to discuss Progress Reports and other issues: 1:00 pm Wednesday, 4 December, 2019 MS.05 (Week 10).
    • Progress Report: You must submit the Progress Report and poster draft to the Undergraduate Office and via Tabula by 12 noon on Tuesday 14 January, 2020.
    • Meeting to provide feedback on draft posters and to answer further questions: 1:00 pm Wednesday, 22 January, 2020 MS.05.
    • Submission of Poster: You must submit an electronic copy of your poster via Tabula by 12 noon on Wednesday, 12 February, 2020, so it can be printed in time for the presentation. This deadline is the same for every student, regardless of your presentation session.
    • Submission of Presentation: You must submit an electronic copy of your presentation via Tabula by 12 noon on Wednesday, 19 February, 2020, so in can be tested in time. This deadline is the same for every student, regardless of your presentation session.
    • Presentations: presentations will take place on Wednesday afternoons in Term 2. The first presentation day is on Wednesday, 26 February, 2020, the second presentation day is on Wednesday, 4 March, 2020. Every student has to participate in both days. Further details can be found on the resources page.
    • Submission of Scholarly Reports and Popular Article: You must submit two hard copies of your Scholarly Report and two hard copies of your Popular Article to the Undergraduate Office and one electronic copy of the Scholarly Report and the Popular Article via Tabula by 12 noon on Tuesday, 31 March, 2020. You must attach a signed cover sheet to one of the two hard copies of the Scholarly Report. Cover sheets can be obtained from the UG office or here. If you are unable to submit the hard copies in person, Royal mail recorded or next day delivery is probably the best option. https://www.royalmail.com/personal/uk-delivery/special-delivery. Please post to the Maths Undergraduate Office: |Mathematics Institute Zeeman Building | B0.01 | University of Warwick | Coventry | CV4 7AL |
      Do not fail to attach a signed cover sheet. Make sure to upload pdf versions of the Scholarly Report and Popular Article via Tabula by the deadline.
      Please contact the Undergraduate Office ugmaths@warwick.ac.uk for any questions concerning the submission procedure.
    • Viva: These will be scheduled in Term 3 between the April and Summer exams, typically in Weeks 3 - 5 of Term 3.

    RESEARCH PROJECTS

    Assessment: The Research Projects are assessed on the basis of

    • A short progress report in Term 2 (5% of the module credit)
    • A written dissertation (80% of the module credit)
    • An oral presentation and defence of dissertation (15% of the module credit)

    Themes and supervision: The R-Project can be any area of mathematics offered by permanent staff. Before you register for a Research Project, you must first take the following steps:

    1. Find a member of staff willing to supervise you;
    2. Agree on a theme suited to your mathematical background and interests, and to your supervisor's expertise;
    3. Negotiate a title and brief for your project, and discuss its aims and objectives. It is normal for this to need renegotiating as the project evolves and final titles sometimes differ from the title originally registered;

      A list of the Research project themes offered by staff members can be found here. It might also be useful to look at the research interests of permanent staff.

      If you have your own ideas about a theme for an R-project, feel free to ask any permanent member of staff whether they would be willing to be your supervisor, but remember, staff are under no obligation to supervise an R-project, and are, in any case, discouraged from supervising more than two a year.

      Research Project Important Dates: The dates below are strict and marks will be deducted for late submissions!
      • Options Fair: Monday, 30 September, 2019 (Week 1). The organiser will give a brief overview of the MMaths projects.
      • Registration: You must register your project by Sunday, 27 October 2019 (the end of Week 4). Note, this is not the same as module registration. This is registering the project title and supervisor via the link at the top of this page.
      • Progress Report: You must submit the Progress Report to the Undergraduate Office by 12 noon on Tuesday 14 January, 2020 and a digital copy via Tabula. Note, this form must be signed by your supervisor, so you need to begin discussing the report before the deadline, preferably by the end of Term 1.
      • Dissertation: You must submit two hard copies of your dissertation to the Undergraduate Office and one electronic copy via Tabula by 12 noon on Tuesday 31 March, 2020. You must attach a signed cover sheet to one of the two hard copies. Cover sheets can be obtained from the UG office or here. If you are unable to submit the hard copies in person, Royal mail recorded or next day delivery is probably the best option. https://www.royalmail.com/personal/uk-delivery/special-delivery. Please post to the Maths Undergraduate Office:
        |Mathematics Institute Zeeman Building | B0.01 | University of Warwick | Coventry | CV4 7AL |
        Do not fail to attach a signed cover sheet. Make sure to upload a pdf version of the dissertation via Tabula by the deadline.
        Please contact the Undergraduate Office ugmaths@warwick.ac.uk for any questions concerning the submission procedure.
      • Oral examination: This will usually take place in Term 3 between the April and Summer exams at a time and place to be arranged by the supervisor. Students are strongly advised to keep the Wednesdays in this time frame free of other commitments.

      Additional Resources - Research Projects

      Archived Pages: 2014 2018

      Additional Resources - Math-in-Action Projects

      Archived Pages: 2014 2018

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