Welcome to Mathematics and Applied Mathematics Department

Mathematics underlies the rise of science and technology, and is also a very interesting area of study in its own right. Its pursuit is the rigorous study of patterns: in geometry, in time and space, in nature, in physics, in biology, in industry...

Mathematics and Applied Mathematics Department held Honours Braai

The Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town (MAM, for short) is world-renowned for the strength of its research and teaching. MAM has more than thirty permanent academic members of staff, is home to a vibrant...

UCT hosts open days aimed at high school students in Grades 10, 11 and 12, their families, teachers and guidance counsellors. This event presents an ideal opportunity for school-going learners and their parents or guardians to explore the vast range...

The Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics of the University of Cape Town is a large and dynamic department with research taking place in a wide range of directions: (non-associative) algebra, category theory, computational fluid dynamics, cosmology and gravitation, cryptography, dynamical systems, functional analysis, graph theory, group theory, mathematics education, partial differential equations, quantum gravity and string theory, (algebraic and categorical) topology.

Off to Madrid! Congratulations to PhD students Sulona Kandhai and Miguel Alfonzo Méndez together with Masters students Mariam Campbell and Juhi Hurgobin who will spend the next 5 months at the Autonomous University of Madrid, funded by the Erasmus+ programme.

2016 was a great year for teaching at UCT, at least if you go by the number of people that won a Distinguished Teacher Award (DTA).

Dr Jonathan Shock, who convenes a dreaded first-year mathematics course, was one of six awardees for 2016. This after 64 nominations were submitted for the coveted award. Yusuf Omar spoke to the senior lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics about what makes his teaching tick.

Primes - numbers greater than 1 that are divisible only by themselves and 1 – are considered the ‘building blocks’ of mathematics, because every number is either a prime or can be built by multiplying primes together - (84, for example, is 2x2x3x7).

Their properties have baffled number theorists for centuries, but mathematicians have usually felt safe working on the assumption they could treat primes as if they occur randomly.