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Applied Mathematics: Mathematical Modelling in the Real World by Prof R Eddie Wilson, The University of Bristol

21st June 2013 @ 11:30 - 12:30

This session will be a light-hearted introduction to “Mathematical Modelling” – the process of converting real-world problems to Mathematics and solving them.

Mathematical Modelling is the focus of our unique “Engineering Mathematics” degree here at the University of Bristol – see www.enm.bris.ac.uk. It is a very useful skill in industry and what’s more, it’s a fun way of applying your Mathematical knowledge and skills.

This talk will be structured around real-world case-studies where Maths has made a difference. I will dip into one or two of these in detail to show you how we think through new problems and convert them into Maths. Questions and interaction are encouraged throughout the talk and there will be at least one “breakout” session – where you will get 5 minutes to work in your own groups on the first steps of your own Mathematical Modelling problem.

The Mathematical prerequisites for this talk are very light. There will be very few equations, and as far as possible I will be trying to use pictures and video to make my arguments.


Suitable for: Year 12 students studying Maths AS/A level and considering an application to Maths, Science, Computing or Engineering degrees.

Preparation/Pre-reading: There is no pre-reading or preparation required for this session. Students may like to think of questions relevant to studying the above subjects at university or about university life which they will have the opportunity to ask during the session.


21st June 2013
11:30 - 12:30
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