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Winsten Day 2021

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A young man with dark hair and glasses is writing a mathematical formula on a surface, the window through which the photo is taken is also covered in formulas.

Those attending will be invited to take part in a series of interactive webinars sessions designed to provide the opportunity to explore mathematical problem-solving more deeply and to expose them the wide variety of options available when choosing to study mathematics related subjects post 18. There will also be current Maths undergraduates to share their student experience. The day will conclude with the annual Winsten lecture. Previous Winsten speakers have included Joe Twyman, Director of Political and Social Research at YouGov, and Stella Dudzic, the 2012 Royal Statistical Society Lecturer to Schools.

Suitable for:

  • Teachers for Key Stage 5 (Students aged 16-18) can attend with their students and will have the opportunity to work on problems with their students.
  • Individual Sixth Formers (Enquiry not required to be through a school)

Details for the event are as follows:

  • 1.15pm-1.30pm - Welcome talk
  • 1.30pm-2.10pm - 'Party hard! The Maths of connections' by Professor Colva Roney-Dougal, University of St Andrews
    • How many guests need to come to a party, to guarantee that either at least five of them all know each other or at least five are mutual strangers? This question turns out to be surprisingly hard to solve, and has led to the creation of some maths that feels more like a newspaper puzzle than real work. We'll explore connections ranging from friendship, to marriage, to the spread of infectious diseases.
  • 2.20pm-2.50pm - Interactive sessions (Choose one activity to participate)
    • Activity A - Code like a Caesar: clock arithmetic and cryptography

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    • Activity B - Buffon’s Needle: The Mathematics of Dropping Things
  • 3pm-3.20pm - Student panel: “University life and Studying Maths at university.”
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