maths study via The Open University

Less beer

More study.

The first TMA for M343, and the first TMA plus first three iCMAs for M347 are done, or long-done.
Study of what’s required up to the end of the month is done.

That gives me a fortnight of free time – to go back through everything covered so far, so as to drive a few key points home before moving on to asymptotic theory with M347 and multi-dimensional stochastic stuff with M343.

There was quite a lot of overlap between the pair at the start, now that’s diverging into:

M347 – a lot of work to do all of the exercises, follow all of the examples, and by-pass the “eh” moments inherent in pages of calculus.

M343 is, by comparison, a bit of a walk in the park work-wise, and conceptually, at this point in time.

In my downtime over the next couple of weeks, I will be doing a fair bit of Game Theory – a course starts this week, online, with Stanford University.

It’s free to enrol and you get a certificate at the end if you do well enough, but no degree credit.

Tens of thousands of online students are expected. The material is delivered via problem sheets and recorded video lectures, from the looks of it.

So…. if you have about an hour a week to spare, and fancy forming an OU maths team, shout up. The maths shouldn’t be too difficult, but the thinking and strategy needed should create some good banter.

Lots of people are forming Google+ circles.
I’m thinking OU intranet (Chris, hint, hint….)

I guess this course will have about as much work as (or less than) an OU 10 pointer, from the time requirements.

The URL to signup at is

I’m also looking for something similar for econometrics, if anyone happens to know. The maths in M347 lends itself well to this.


2 responses

  1. Chris Finlay

    I’m sorry mate I’m just snowed under with other extra curricular activities and trying to get my head round topology. Those Stanford courses do look interesting however . I would be very intetrested in the one on Information theory for both my work and as a foundation for understanding the application of quantum mechanics to informatioin theory. So if it’s still going and we can both sign up at a mutually convenient time slot whatever then thats a goer. Glad to see you enjoying both M343 and M347 must admit M347 sounds really tempting

    March 16, 2012 at 12:35 AM

  2. No worries mate, I’m sure you’re busy with the workload you’ve taken on. I’ll be up for information theory in the future, as long as it’s nowhere near exam time. 🙂
    I think you’d enjoy M347 – nice and rigorous, proofy in places, but looks like becoming a bit more “applied” in blocks two and three, at least. Great module.

    March 17, 2012 at 2:45 PM

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