This UNIQ course is a chance to experience undergraduate level mathematics. You will spend most of your time in the Mathematical Institute, where you will have lectures on areas completely different to school work including matrices, number theory, and mathematical modelling.
On the pure side you’ll learn to work with matrices and Markov chains, which are widely applicable mathematical objects used in areas as diverse as finance, thermodynamics, and speech recognition technology. You’ll also learn about proof through geometry.
On the applied side you’ll learn about mathematical modelling and work on a project in small groups, with the chance to discuss your work in a tutorial. You will be encouraged to work together on questions set by lecturers, which will require much more creativity than A level maths, similar to undergraduate style problems.
One of the high points of the week is the problem solving competition on Wednesday, where you work against the clock with other students from your college on a wide range of questions. This is a great chance to apply all your new skills, and will help you become more accustomed to talking through problems with others.