A picture of my third Saturday morning workshop for Mathematics and Applied Maths 1000W students, University of Cape Town (Kenneth Rafel)

Commencement Celebration 2019

The Mathematics and Applied Mathematics Department hosted their commencement celebration braai on the 08/02/2019 at the UCT Tennis Club, Upper Campus

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...

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.

14 March is celebrated by some as the most exciting day in mathematics — when the date lines up in the numbers of the famous constant. But some people would rather it isn’t celebrated at all.