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King's Maths Open Day 2018

Saturday 28 April 2018 - Mathematics Open Day


We still have places available for our Mathematics Open Day! Prospective mathematics students arrive for a talk and Q&A with a King's academic in Mathematics starting at 12:00 noon. Afterwards there will be a chance to meet a current King's undergraduate studying Maths, who will give you a tour of King's College then take you from King's to the relevant lecture theatre (not far, but outside King's) for the Mathematics Faculty Open Afternoon (a series of taster lectures and information about STEP). Please see the Mathematics Faculty website, which will be updated with further information. Please note that the talk and tour of King's will be for prospective students only. The event ends at 16.40.

Booking for the King's Mathematics talk and tour is now open here.

Date posted: 

Thursday 19 April 2018

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Oxford Physics events: April - July 2018

Interested in space and physics? Have a look at the Oxford Physics events!

THE 16TH HINZE LECTURE: THE QUEST FOR NEARBY HABITABLE WORLDS
When: Wednesday 25th April 2018 (5.00pm-6.00pm, to be seated by 4:50pm)
Where: Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, Department of Physics
What: Public lecture organised by the Department of Physics


This lecture will highlight recent exoplanet discoveries and present an overview of on-going and future projects aiming for the detection and characterization of nearby habitable worlds.
Booking: Free, booking not required
More information: Please see our events page (https://www2.physics.ox.ac.uk/about-us/outreach/public/public-lectures/t...) or the attached poster.

Quantum Materials Public Lecture 2018
When: Thursday 26th April 2018, 18:00
Where: Oxford Physics Department, Martin Wood Lecture Theatre
What: The inaugural Quantum Materials Public Lecture, given by Professor Andrew Boothroyd. Suitable for 16+. A drinks reception will follow the lecture.


Solid matter contains unimaginably large numbers of electrons which determine many of the material’s properties. Although lots of materials can be described by treating these electrons as independent, research has uncovered an increasing number of ‘quantum materials’ that display non-trivial and often spectacular phenomena, resulting from many electrons acting in unison. In this lecture, Professor Andrew Boothroyd will introduce the field of quantum materials and discuss two themes which are becoming increasingly important: ‘emergence’ and ‘topology’. He will draw upon recent work in Oxford, and describe how modern experimental techniques are making it possible to unpick complex ordered phases and identify exotic emergent particles.
Booking: Free, booking required
More information: https://www2.physics.ox.ac.uk/events/2018/04/26/quantum-materials-public.... A poster is also attached.

IOP OXFORD CENTRE LECTURES
•         Nature’s Engines: Powering Life (Thu 17 May 2018)
•         Advanced Ultrasound Analysis Made Simple? (Thu 19 Jul 2018)
When: Dates listed above (7pm with refreshments served from 6:45pm)
Where: Oxford Physics Department
What: Series of talks with refreshments
The Institute of Physics and Oxford Physics invite a series of speakers from the Department and beyond to talk about cutting edge Physics.
Booking: Free, booking recommended
More information: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/institute-of-physics-oxford-centre-127838...

HAPP ONE DAY CONFERENCE: FROM SPACE TO SPACETIME
When: Saturday 9th June 2018 (10.30am -5.00pm)
Where: Oxford Physics Department
What: One-day conference organised by The St Cross Centre for the History and Philosophy of Physics (HAPP)


This conference will trace our understanding of space and time across the ages up to the latest knowledge of spacetime and the expanding Universe.
Booking: Free, booking required
More information: https://www.stx.ox.ac.uk/happ/events

Date posted: 

Saturday 14 April 2018

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Do robots dream of saving lifes?

Credit: Hillary

Professor Tim Kelly from the department of Computer Science at the University of York will speak about self-driving cars, crew-less tankers, parcel delivery by drones, service robots for the elderly:  The robots are coming!

So save the date, 8th March at 6.30pm. For more information follow the link.

Date posted: 

Friday 2 March 2018

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Oxford Physics events in October 2017

CASSINI-HUYGENS: SPACE ODYSSEY TO SATURN AND TITAN
When: Wednesday 11th October 2017, 17:30-19:00pm
Where: Oxford Physics Department
What: Talk and Q&A

Credit: The University of Oxford Department of Physics

Come and hear the incredible story of Cassini-Huygens as presented by Professor David Southwood (former head of the European Space Agency). During its time in space it has revolutionised our understanding of Saturn and made astonishing discoveries. More information and booking can be found on our events page. The event is organised by the Oxford University Aeronautical Society (AerOx).

 

AN EVENING OF QUANTUM DISCOVERY
When: Tuesday 17th Oct 2017 (5pm - 6.30pm: Family friendly and 6.30pm – 8.30pm: General Public (Age 12+))
Where: Oxford Physics Department
What: A showcase of quantum research at Oxford with talks, hands-on stalls and lab tours

Credit: The University of Oxford Department of Physics

Hear about the exciting new research and innovative technology development being done at Oxford University. Discover how Quantum Physics impacts on your everyday life, now and in the near future. More information and booking can be found on our events page.

 

AN EVENING OF QUANTUM DISCOVERY
When: Tuesday 17th Oct 2017 (5pm - 6.30pm: Family friendly and 6.30pm – 8.30pm: General Public (Age 12+))
Where: Oxford Physics Department
What: A showcase of quantum research at Oxford with talks, hands-on stalls and lab tours

Credit: The University of Oxford Department of Physics

Hear about the exciting new research and innovative technology development being done at Oxford University. Discover how Quantum Physics impacts on your everyday life, now and in the near future. More information and booking can be found on our events page.

Date posted: 

Thursday 5 October 2017

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Specimen papers for pre-interview admissions assessments

Note saying 'Register before you apply'

Your school will normally register you.

If you're applying to Cambridge this year then you may have a pre-interview admissions assessment at your school or test centre on 2 November - it depends what course you are applying for.

Information is available on the admissions assessment page, and specimen papers are available if you would like to practice.

Important: Don't forget to make sure that you're registered in time! The registration deadline was 1 October (at 17:00 UK time) if you're applying for Medicine or 15 October (at 18:00 UK time) if you're applying for another subject that requires a pre-interview assessment.

Date posted: 

Wednesday 4 October 2017

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Hot air balloon problem

Hot air balloon

Credit: Brent Myers

A hot air balloon of mass 350 kg is carrying 5 people each of mass 70kg. The total volume of the baloon is 2800m3.

The balloon flies horizontally in dry air 1km above sea level. The atmopheric pressure at this altitude is 89.9kPa and the surrounding temperature is 9ºC. Given that the molar mass of dry air is 28.97g/mol, work out the temperature of the heated air inside the balloon. (You can take gas constant R=8.31J/mol K and you may assume that air behaves as an ideal gas).

General and problem-specific hints are available.

This is one of the problems on I-want-to-study-engineering.org, a resource from Cambridge University Engineering Department with more than 200 problems to help you to practice problem solving skills relevant to Engineering. The website also provides general advice such as how to get onto a good Engineering course (whether at Cambridge or elsewhere).

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Monday 12 June 2017

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What is it really like to study Engineering?

STEP Mathematics resources

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Cambridge University has a free online STEP Mathematics course designed for students preparing to take STEP papers (STEP exams are required if you are applying for Mathematics or Computer Science with Mathematics at King's).

The course has online modules for individual study, which are open to everyone.

STEP is very important because it helps you to make the transition from school maths to the kinds of matheamtical thinking that you will do at Cambridge. 

More about STEP.

Date posted: 

Tuesday 16 May 2017

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Booking open for Maths Open Day on Saturday 6 May 2017

Students at an Open Day

Tour of King's with a current student

Students in Y12 who are interested in studying Mathematics at University have the great opportinity to visit the Maths Open Day at King's on 6 May 2017! Prospective mathematics students arrive for a talk and Q&A with a King's academic in Mathematics starting at 12:00 noon. Afterwards there will be a chance to meet a current King's undergraduate studying Maths, who will give you a tour of King's College then take you from King's to the Centre for Mathematical Studies (outside King's) for the Mathematics Faculty Open Afternoon (a series of taster lectures and information about STEP). The event ends at 16:50.

If you would like to attend, you need to complete two booking forms:

Date posted: 

Wednesday 12 April 2017

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