for those of you have not met me already, this year I will be the Mathsoc's Academic Secretary (jointly, along with Chaz Wing), and as such I run many of the society's regular academic events. I should be around at most of our events and am always eager to discuss your ideas for the society and our events, or indeed many other topics of a mathematical or nonmathematical nature.
This coming year we have many new academic events, all of which you are invited to come and try out. This should be a great opportunity to meet the other students in the department, encounter exciting new topics and perspectives in mathematics and beyond, and to see what your Maths society has to offer.
The key academic events coming up this term are as follows:
Meet and greet (Friday, Week 1)
The term starts with a welcome party (with snacks included) providing new students to meet the rest of their year, and their lectures, as well as a separate meeting for students in later year to meet up again after the summer.
Lightning talks (Wednesday, Week 2)
This one-off event will feature a number of speakers covering different areas related to Quantum Mechanics, illustrating the key role mathematics plays in theoretical physics. Don't worry if you are not already familiar with the area; these talks will start with the basics, and aim to be acessible as possible. This event will be followed by a wine reception with the speakers.
Public lectures (Weeks 3, 5, 7, 10)
We will have a series of public lectures covering a wide variety of topics throughout pure and applied mathematics. Accessible to a wide audience, these aim to provide a window into some of the most exciting areas of mathematics, and illustrate applications in science and wider society.
Quantum Mechanics study group (Wednesday, Weeks 3 to 9)
Carrying on from the Lightning talks event, we will have a student study group meeting on Wednesdays aiming to explore the basics of Quantum Mechanics, as well as some of its applications. Again, don't worry if Quantum Mechanics is new to you (or indeed if you have not done any Physics since GCSE) as we will start from the top, and take a mathematician's perspective which should appeal to devotees of pure and applied mathematics alike. Each week a different member of the group will lead the session, so please, don't be put off if you already know something about the area either as this is a great chance to practice giving talks to an (small and receptive) audience.
Debate group (Weeks 3,4,6,9)
If all of this Quantum Mechanics stuff is sounding like a lot of hard work, we will also be hosting an alternative 'study group' consisting of meeting up in pubs around York and discussing issues of mathematics, philosophy, and history. This should be fun and lighthearted and prerequisites include only wit and a sense of humour.
Problem sheet bash day (Sometime midterm)
About halfway through the term, and problem sheets starting to build up? Then fear not as Mathsoc will be hosting an all day 'Problem sheet bash day' where we all meet up and power through our problem sheet backlogs.
Revision sessions (Week 10)
On the final week of term we will have a number of revision sessions for the upcoming exams, given by students within the society whom have taken modules in previous years and are passionate about the subject. These sessions have been run in previous years to great success and we can help you gain insight into your modules, and prepare for the exams.
For more details and our other events please see our website:http://yums.org.uk/events/.
I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events