Oxford Online Maths Club
Welcome to the club! The Oxford Online Maths Club is a regular livestream from the University of Oxford with maths problems, puzzles, mini-lectures, and Q&A. It’s free, interactive, casual, and relaxed, and the livestreams are recorded so that you can watch back afterwards if you're not free when we're live. All the episodes from the first two seasons are available to stream at any time on this page. We're currently running a related project over on the MAT livestream page - we're live each Thursday at 17:00 (UK time) over there mostly covering MAT problems and related mathematics, starting 05 August.
In some of the episodes below we talk about tricky maths problems, in some of them we explore a maths topic, and sometimes we have a current Oxford student or staff member on the livestream to talk about a bit of maths that they love. Every episode comes with some further reading notes for you to explore the topics we covered in the livestream in more depth. If you're looking for super-curricular mathematics (perhaps you're looking for an EPQ topic, or trying to explore maths beyond the classroom before applying to university), then this should be a good place to start.
The Oxford Online Maths Club is mostly aimed at two sets of people; those who are about to start an undergraduate Mathematics (or joint honours) degree later this year, and those who are thinking of applying later this year to start a Maths degree next year, but anyone who is interested is welcome to join us in the livestream or read the further reading. 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!
Our regular host is Dr James Munro (admissions coordinator for Maths at Oxford), and we often have current Oxford students answering questions in chat and appearing on the livestream to talk about maths.
Here's what people say;
"Thank you for being a constant and giving me a way to enjoy maths without having to leave the house or having to feel bad if I miss it. I honestly love this" - Anonymous participant
"Thank you! I'm both confused and more interested." - Anonymous participant
"How does that make any sense :D" - Anonymous participant
The regular OOMC episodes are on a break while we run the MAT livestream in the Thursday 17:00 slot.
Keep an eye on this page though, because we're planning to do a few aperiodic bonus episodes of OOMC over the summer.
For each episode, there are some notes with further reading and related bits and pieces to try at home. Click on "Read More" under any episode on this page to see these notes (the episodes go live on Thursdays, and the notes are uploaded here on Fridays, so if you come back at the weekend there will be something to read).
In January we experimented with using a mailing list to distribute these notes, but we're now putting them up on the website so that they're easier to find, and because the maths formatting is better.
If you’d like to ask us anything about anything we've covered on OOMC, or about Maths or university, or about Oxford admissions, send an email to oomc [at] maths.ox.ac.uk.
If you'd like a question to a current student, just mention that in your email and we'll show your email to a friendly student.
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!
Note for teachers
Each livestream will be on YouTube indefinitely, and the sessions are free for your students to watch whenever. You can give them this short URL; www.maths.ox.ac.uk/r/club which will always point to this page. If you want to adapt the content covered in our livestreams for your own after-school maths club, please feel free to contact us on the email address below, and we may be able to give you a copy of any original materials used in our sessions.
Resources (adapted from OOMC livestreams)
Looking for more maths? Here are some other things that you might like.
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 offered as part of the Maths degree in 2019/20 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;
- First year ("Prelims") 2019/20 courses
- Second year ("Part A") 2019/20 courses
- Third year ("Part B") 2019/20 courses
- Fourth year ("Part C") 2019/20 courses
University College at Oxford has compiled a great list of other resources, Staircase 12.