Mathematics in Everyday Life (G5089)

15 credits, Level 4

Autumn teaching

This module covers:

  • Money: Rule of 72, repayments, annuities, APR, compounding, present value, tax system, Student Loans.
  • Differential equations: how they arise, how they can be solved. Applications include radiocarbon dating, cooling of liquids, evaporation of mothballs, escape of water down plugholes, war, epidemics, predator-prey models.
  • Applications in sports and games -- tennis, rugby, snooker, darts, athletics, soccer, ranking methods.
  • Business applications: stock control, linear programming, pound-cost average, hierarchies and promotions policies, the Kelly strategy.
  • Voting methods and paradoxes: Arrow's Impossibility Theorem. 
  • Simpson's Paradox, disease testing (false positives etc), gambling, TV game shows.
  • Mathematical essay: eg book reviews, topic descriptions.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. The structure of some courses means that the modules you choose first may determine whether later modules are core or optional.