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Mathematics Exam Advice

  • The first piece of advice is to read questions carefully. Don’t glance at a question and go off writing: take a moment to understand what you have been asked to do.
  • Don’t use tippex; instead draw a simple line(s) through work that you think is incorrect. 
  • For equations, check your solution by substituting your solution into the original equation. If your answer is wrong and you know it is wrong: write that on your script.

If you do have time at the end of the exam, go through each of your answers and ask yourself:

  1. have I answered the question that was asked?
  2. does my answer make sense? If no, say so, and then try and fix your solution.
  3. check your answer (e.g. for a fitted curve or beam function, input values and see do they make sense; substitute your solution into equations; check your answer against a rough estimate; or what a picture is telling you; etc). If your answer is wrong, say so, and then try and fix your solution.

Student Feedback

You are invited to give your feedback on my teaching and this module here.

Tutorial Split

I am not sure what is going on with Leonard’s classes but I will be present this Friday, tomorrow 6 December for tutorials in A243L (11:00) and A213B (12:00).

Week 12

On Monday we finished off Chapter 4 by looking at Error Analysis. Better exercises than the book here (including corrections to the sheet handed out in class). We then had over two and a half hours of tutorial time for lectures, and another tutorial on Friday.

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Student Feedback

You are invited to give your feedback on my teaching and this module here.

Tutorial Split

I am not sure what is going on with Leonard’s classes but I will be present this Friday and next Friday for tutorials in A243L (11:00) and A213B (12:00).

Assessment 2 — Results

These have been sent to you. Comments to follow.

Week 11

We had a tutorial dedicated to differentiation on Monday.

We tried to look at a Probability and Statistics Word Cloud on Wednesday. It was a disaster as my computer froze… anyway:

1111

My answer: when A and B are independent.

1112

My answer: Always

1113

My answer: bell-shaped curve.

1114

A difficult one. My answer: Every probability/area under a bell curve can be calculated by transforming the area to a z curve, and calculating the area ‘there’.

1115

My answer: To infer things about the population, e.g. the population mean.

1116

My answer: An interval that we believe the population mean is in (with a certain confidence).

On Wednesday and Thursday we had a look at more general Taylor Series: not just near a=0, before doing a revision of partial differentiation, and linking at error analysis.

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Tutorial Split

See my email of 12 November regarding the Friday tutorial split for the rest of the semester.

Tomorrow we go back to the normal room of A213B for the 12:00 tutorial.

Assessment 2 — Corrections

Hopefully I can get these to ye within the week. I have some ‘man flu’ at the moment but hopefully that goes away.

Week 10

We had an extra tutorial on Monday. Most people concentrated on the Sample Question 3s on Probability and Statistics.

We finished off Chapter 3 — and spoke about the Bad and Good and Bad News — before we began Chapter 4 with a Revision of Differentiation and had a look at Maclaurin Series.

Oh: one thing — I never told ye what a p-value was (Sample Paper I Q. 3 (c) B ii.). It is the same as the level of significance, the probability of making a Type I Error… the answer is 5%.

Week 11

We will have a tutorial dedicated to differentiation on Monday.

We might look at a Probability and Statistics Concept MCQ on Wednesday.

On Wednesday and Thursday we will have a quick look at more general Taylor Series: not just near a=0, before doing a revision of partial differentiation.

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Tutorial Split

See my email of 12 November regarding the Friday tutorial split for the rest of the semester.

Assessment 2

Three things must be submitted:

  • a soft, digital, copy of your Excel file MATH7019A2 – Your Name
  • a hard copy of your Excel file MATH7019A2 – Your Name
  • your written work

The soft copy is to be be submitted on CANVAS.

Combine the second two elements into one report. Ideally the Excel work for Problem A near the written work for Problem A, etc. If this isn’t easy, maybe just put all the written work at the front, and all the Excel work at the back.

The assignment can be handed up in any class before Monday 18 November (inclusive). I expect most to hand it up on Monday:

  • Monday, 18 November 13:00 in B228,

Otherwise drop the assessment to my office A283. I will be here Monday 18 November, until 16:00 sharp (which is the deadline).

Work assigned late will be awarded a mark of zero. Hand up what you have on time.

Week 9

We had an extra tutorial on Monday.

We continued to slowly work our way through Chapter 3 by looking at Sampling and Hypothesis Testing.

Week 10

We will have an extra tutorial on Monday.

We will finish off Chapter 3 — and talk about the Good and Bad News — before we begin Chapter 4 with a Revision of Differentiation and go on to look at Maclaurin Series and Taylor Series.

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Assessment 2

Assessment 2 is on p.137. The relevant Excel files have been emailed to you. It has a hand in date/time of 16:00 Monday 18 November, Week 10.

Start ASAP.

Week 8

We did more work on Chapter 3; we looked at the Normal distribution, and we started discussing Sampling.

Week 9

We will continue to slowly work our way through Chapter 3 by looking at Sampling and Hypothesis Testing.

We will have an extra tutorial on Monday.

There will also be a new arrangement with tutorials next week — watch your email.

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Assessment 2

Assessment 2 is on p.137. The relevant Excel files have been emailed to you. It has a hand in date/time of 16:00 Monday 18 November, Week 10, and you can already do all the questions.

Start as soon as reasonable: perhaps during this Reading Week.

Week 7

We had a tutorial on Monday on Static Beam Equations. On Wednesday we looked at an MCQ on Static Beam Equations.

Then we looked at the Three Term Taylor Method and began Chapter 3 on Probability and Statistics. We looked in particular emphasis on Mutual Exclusivity and Independence.

Our Wednesday lecture was only 30 minutes long.

Week 8

We will do more work on Chapter 3; perhaps we will start looking at the Normal distribution. We will not have a tutorial this Monday.

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Concept MCQ

Before 11:00 Wednesday 23 October please, on your own, complete the following (click link). It is just six MCQ Questions.

Friday 25 October

No MATH7019 classes this coming Friday: we have already caught up with these classes in Week 5.

Assessment 1 – Results

I hope to have these with you at some stage this weekend.

Assessment 2

Assessment 2 is on p.137. It has a hand in date of Monday 18 November, Week 10, and you can already do all the questions. That gives you a month: no harm getting it done before the deadline.

Week 6

We finished looking at fixed end beams and then we looked at cantilevers.

We started looking at Euler’s Method. We had no Monday tutorial.

Week 7

In Week 7 we will look at the Three Term Taylor Method and begin Chapter 3 on Probability and Statistics. We should be able to have a tutorial on Monday.

Reading Week

Use this time wisely. There is nothing (perhaps other CA work) stopping you working on Assignment 2.

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Assessment 1

Three things must be submitted:

  • a soft,digital, copy of your Excel file MATH7019A1 – Your Name
  • a hard copy of your Excel file MATH7019A1 – Your Name
  • your written work

Email the soft copy to me.

Combine the second two elements into one report. Ideally the Excel work for Problem A near the written work for Problem A, etc. If this isn’t easy, maybe just put all the written work at the front, and all the Excel work at the back.

The assignment can be handed up during tutorial:

  • Today, 16:00-18:00 in B228, or
  • Tomorrow, 11:00-12:00 (A243L) or 12:00-13:00 (A213B)

Otherwise drop the assessment to my office A283. I will be here, tomorrow, Friday 11 October, until 17:30 sharp (which is the deadline).

Work assigned late will be awarded a mark of zero. Hand up what you have on time.

Week 5

We had an extra tutorial on Monday.

We then looked at more examples of simply supported beams before moving onto fixed-end beams.

Week 6

We will finish looking at fixed end beams before looking at cantilevers.

We will not have a tutorial on Monday.

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I am emailing a link of this to everyone on the class list every week. If you are not receiving these emails or want to have them sent to another email address feel free to email me at jpmccarthymaths@gmail.com and I will add you to the mailing list.

Assessment 1

Assessment 1 has been emailed to all of you.

Start ASAP.

The hand in date is next Friday 11 October 2019. I am happy so say that I can push the deadline out to 17:30 on FridayIf you don’t want to hand up your assignment in the Friday tutorial (or a class earlier that week), you can drop that afternoon to my office, A283.

Tutorials

The “your choice” split is working well and will continue.

We will also have an additional tutorial this coming Monday.

Tutorials are the most important thing in your learning.

 

Week 4

We did not have a tutorial on Monday, but instead ploughed into chapter two: we will hopefully start looking in particular at simply supported beams.

We also had a Concept MCQ on Chapter One on Thursday.

Week 5

We will have an extra tutorial on Monday. We will then look at more examples of simply supported beams before moving onto fixed-end beams.

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I am emailing a link of this to everyone on the class list every week. If you are not receiving these emails or want to have them sent to another email address feel free to email me at jpmccarthymaths@gmail.com and I will add you to the mailing list.

Assessment 1

Assessment 1 has been emailed to all of you.

Start ASAP.

The hand in date in Friday 11 October 2019. Work handed in late shall be assigned a mark of zero. The hand in time is presently 13:00 but this may be extended to later in that day.

Telegram App

For those who have already contacted me, I hope to have this set up for Monday.

If this is something you might be interested in, please download the Telegram app and set yourself up with an @ handle.

Tutorials

The “your choice” split worked well last week and we will continue it this week.

You choose to attend either tutorial:

  • 11:00 in A243L
  • 12:00 in A213B
Tutorials are the most important thing in your learning.

Week 3

We had a tutorial for the Monday lecture — on linear least squares.

Then we finished looking at Chapter 1, and started looking at Chapter 2: Differential Equations — with a particular emphasis on Beam Equations.

Week 4

We will probably not have a tutorial on Monday, but instead plough into chapter two: we will hopefully start looking in particular at simply supported beams.

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