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Mathematics is a subject that I enjoyed at school, in particular the ability to explain complicated and abstract concepts through equations, and often in relatively simple and generic terms. Moreover, unlike other subjects where there might be different perspectives when analysing a problem; certainty can be established in mathematics through formal proofs. A strand of mathematics I especially like is calculus. I was fascinated by how applicable calculus is in real-world situations, and the fact that these situations can be modelled by simple but also generic equations that ultimately uses relatively elementary calculus concepts. http://www.personal-statement-examples.com
I was given the opportunity to participate in the Senior Mathematics Challenge and was qualified to the Senior Kangaroo as well. Through participating in these competitions, I was able to attempt problems that are vastly different from the syllabus, and often they demand creative solutions and insights. In addition, I also wrote an extended essay on the applications and implications of game theory. I find game theory to be one of the mathematical concepts that extensively simplifies situations, and that although the elementary models can be very simple, it can be expanded to describe very complex situations in many contexts. However, the fact that game theory has its limitations, as well as the different ways to understand and imply a solution suggested by the model also fascinates me.
Furthermore, I have also read many books that explore mathematics beyond the syllabus, for instance ‘How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking’ by Jordan Ellenberg’. Through reading this book. I have gained insights on understanding and applying mathematics in a range of real-world contexts, from economics to politics. While the statistics and probability explored in this book is not particularly complex, it is the simplistic manner that the author manages to interpret and explain the findings taught me how to critically analyse data and statistic we see in everyday life before jumping to an incorrect solution to quickly.
Besides mathematics, I also participated in a research project about cosmic ray muons with Queen Mary University of London, in which a partner and I investigated the Higgs vacuum expectation value through collecting and analysing the half-life of muons. I also competed as a group, in the finals of the BASE competition held by the ICAEW, in which I analysed various business cases and chose and presented our proposal to judges who work in the industry. Through this, I have developed and engaged skills in statistical analysis in the context of both a scientific research and day-to-day business planning, and also to be able to understand and interpret the implications of the analysis. I believe this shows that I am a well-rounded individual in mathematics, but also that I am able to utilise mathematics in a range of real-world situations.
Furthermore, I also volunteered as teaching assistant for physics, chemistry and biology to year six pupils through the ‘Saturday School’ programme organised by the Southwark Schools Learning Partnership. While it is not directly related to mathematics, I have learned techniques as well as gained valuable experience in teaching younger pupils. This has also given me the opportunity to review my previous learning, as you can only fully understand something if you are able to teach it to someone else who knows nothing about it, especially to young pupils.
Overall, I would like to continue to study mathematics at the undergraduate level in order to further expand my knowledge and stretch my capabilities; and eventually equip myself with skills that allow me to be employable, but also in careers that allow me to utilise my knowledge and capabilities in mathematics.
9th September 2018