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STUDENT OF MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE EDUCATION AND COMMUNICATION
Why not dive into it?
‘I looked at several degree programmes, but they didn’t contain enough mathematics for me. Then I realized that I could also study Mathematics! If I like it that much, why not dive into it? I have always loved the puzzles and the problems and to figure out a way to solve it, and this is a huge part of what we do. This does not always involve doing calculations. I liked Logic and Advanced Logic a lot for example, which is about argumentation and assessing the validity of reasoning. Now I’m in the first year of my Master's degree in Education, because I enjoy to make more people enthusiastic about the beauty of mathematics, like fractals. I wrote a thesis about fractals, Lindenmayer systems and dimensions. Fractals are sets that are self-similar, contain intricate detail and their size is not easily determined.’
University-level Mathematics and Applied Mathematics (Wiskunde/Technische wiskunde in Dutch) are not the same as the maths you studied at secondary school. Of course there are similarities, and you will recognize some of the things you learned at school, but you will also discover new areas such as algebra (number theory and coding), dynamic systems (how predictable is the weather?) and systems theory (the maths behind the cruise control).
Whereas the Mathematics degree is concerned with abstract matters, the emphasis in the Applied Mathematics programme is on the mathematics behind practical applications. Some students choose Mathematics or Applied Mathematics for their social relevance or because they are interested in applications. Others choose these programmes because they like solving complicated and abstract puzzles.
A mathematician might use a differential equation to predict the weather, describe a flow, or construct a mathematical model to describe the movement of a robot arm. With the help of logical reasoning, the mathematician can prove or disprove theorems.
Mathematics and Applied Mathematics are so versatile; they are sure to have something to offer you. Graduates can find work just about anywhere, including abroad. Mathematicians learn reason logically, analyse, model, predict and draw clear conclusions, which are all skills that you will find useful in many situations. Maths also plays an important role in for instance economics, sociology and medical sciences. Mathematics has historically played a fundamental role in driving technological progress, and it is still a critical part of the search for solutions to modern dilemmas, such as climate change.
Is this the programme for you?
You will obviously need to be good at science subjects if you want to follow a Bachelor’s programme in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics. You also need to enjoy analysing, reasoning, modelling and reaching conclusions and you need to be naturally inquisitive. You should be the type who gets satisfaction from spending hours searching and puzzling to understand and solve a complicated problem.
What is mathematics?
Student of Mathematics and Science Education and Communication
Study Mathematics at the University of Groningen
In the third year you can study chaos theory as one of the courses in the area of dynamical systems. The University of Groningen is renowned for its knowledge in this field. Chaos theory is concerned with the predictability (and unpredictability) of systems. Examples include climate models, forest fires, the circulatory system or other more abstract systems. You can use mathematics to predict how a system will change under the influence of external factors.
Can you predict an economic crisis? How do you determine the best way to insert a medicine? How can you calculate if a boat is able to safely travel the ocean?
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