OOMC

Oxford Online Maths Club

Welcome to the club!

The Oxford Online Maths Club is a weekly livestream from the University of Oxford. It’s free, interactive, casual, and relaxed, and the livestreams are recorded so that you can watch back afterwards if you can't make it to the live broadcast on Thursday afternoons. Our regular host is Dr James Munro, and we often have current Oxford students answering questions in chat and appearing on the livestream to talk about maths.

The club is mostly aimed at people about to apply to university or about to start a Maths course, but everyone's welcome and there's no registration needed. Whether you’re the only person you know who’s interested in mathematics, or if you’re an entire sixth-form maths club looking for more maths content, we’re here for you.

Next Livestream

The Oxford Online Maths Club is live at 17:00 (UK time) each Thursday. The links below take you to the livestream and to the live chat feature.

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Contact us

If you’d like to ask us anything about anything we've covered on OOMC, send an email to oomc [at] maths.ox.ac.uk.

We'd love your suggestions for Maths topics, or feedback or comments on the livestream, which you can also send to the email address above.

Previous Episodes

You can watch previous episodes and access all the further reading with the links below. There's no need to watch the episodes "in order"; choose one with a title that sounds interesting to you!

Season 7 (2024)

Colour by Numbers

OOMC S7 Episode 7: Colour by Numbers

Sophie is on the livestream in this episode to demonstrate some problems that can be solved by adding a splash of colour!

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Further Reading

Six Degrees of Maths Club

OOMC Season 7 Episode 6

Tarek is on the Oxford Online Maths Club in this episode to help us understand how it can be the case that your friends almost always have more friends that you!

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Further Reading

Projective Geometry

OOMC Projective Geometry

Do two lines always meet at a point? What would a really big parabola look like? In this episode, Miles shows us what projective geometry is all about.

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Further Reading

Maths and the Law

Maths and the Law

Lawyers have, on occasion, tried to use somewhat dubious mathematical arguments in a court of law. In this episode, author and mathematician Coralie Colmez is on the show to discuss this with us!

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Further Reading

Hydra!

OOMC Season 7 Episode 3

It's time to face the hydra; a mythical creature that regrows heads whenever you cut one off. In this episode, we're looking at some variant hydras and some associated number systems.

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Further Reading

Waves

Waves

Part of the power of mathematics is that one equation can turn up in many different places. In this episode; the wave equation.

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Further Reading

Continue this sequence

Text 3, 5, 17, 257, 65537, ... ?

Take a large power of two and calculate two to the power of that. Is the answer one less than a prime? In this episode; probably not!

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Further Reading

Fake primes!

OOMC S7ep0 Fake Primes

Some numbers aren't prime but feel almost prime. In this episode, we find a way to make that feeling more precise!

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Further Reading

More Episodes

We've been running Oxford Online Maths Club since 2021. For recordings of all the livestreams from previous years, click or tap the link to the right.

More links

The STEP support programme is a great set of maths resources, even if you're not going to take the STEP exams. Start here and then work through these; if they're too easy for you, then try these or eventually these. Dr Stephen Siklos's book Advanced Problems in Mathematics: Preparing for University is great, and free.

NRICH has lots of maths problems, investigations, games, and activities.

The Maths department at Oxford has written practice problems and material to help with bridging the gap, which some colleges send out to students to look at over the summer before starting the Oxford maths degree. The Bridging the Gap material has been expanded into the book "Towards Higher Mathematics: A Companion" by Dr Richard Earl.

The maths departmental prospectus has more information about the Oxford maths and joint honours degrees.

Full details of the courses currently offered as part of the Maths degree are available here. Please note that the courses offered may change year-on-year, and course details may change. Links to courses in specific years of the Maths degree;

Note that the courses are sorted by term (Michaelmas, Hilary, and Trinity are Oxford's names for the three terms).

University College at Oxford has compiled a list of other resources, Staircase 12.

Jane Street

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The Oxford Online Maths Club is supported by Jane Street.

Jane Street is a research-driven trading firm with offices in New York, London, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Amsterdam. They combine techniques from machine learning, distributed systems, programmable hardware, and statistics to trade on markets around the world. 

They're always looking to add smart, curious people to their team. If you're inquisitive, collaborative, and enjoy solving interesting problems, explore Jane Street's open roles and upcoming educational programs.

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