University of Edinburgh
Through practical problems and hands-on activities, we will build upon your existing knowledge of Mathematics to introduce more advanced concepts. You will be introduced to new aspects of derivatives and integrals at university level, and discover how calculus can be used to estimate probabilities of random events, but also to plan for a DIY project. Finally, using what you have learned, you will find out how mathematicians' favourite constant, Pi, can be computed using nothing but a lot of toothpicks and a striped carpet!
The sessions will be run in the same way as our first year degree classes: you work together, guided by a lecturer, to learn more about the subjects, and improve your problem solving skills in a friendly environment. You will also have the opportunity to be part of a group project, working in a small group to produce a poster presentation about a topic that you will research in more depth. Throughout the sessions you will meet lecturers, students and young researchers who can tell you more about Mathematics beyond school.
The Physics programme aims to give you a sense of studying Physics at a university level, and also introduce a flavour of the scope of modern Physics in unexpected areas. The topic areas to be covered include astronomy (the strange unexplored worlds round other stars), particle physics (what goes on at CERN?), statistical physics (from flocking birds to the spread of language), and computational physics (exploring physics on big computers). There will be one session dedicated to each topic and you will have time to discuss the topics in groups and with staff. You will also take part in a group project in an area of modern physics, where you will work with young researchers from the School of Physics & Astronomy to produce a poster presentation.
22 June 2020 - 27 June 2020
119 across all programmes PROGRAMME PLACES
Higher: Mathematics & Physics
A-Level: Mathematics & Physics
IB: HL Mathematics & Physics