# Maths All Around

This is a learning resource page for "Discovering Maths".
It is independent of any particular module or programme.

In particular the Leeds module Math1210 Maths All Around is relevant.

#### 1. What is "membership"?

• Think about the notion of MEMBERSHIP, and how it might connect maths to life...
• We talk about `membership' and `belonging' in life. Membership of the club or the gang or the team.
Being a passport holder. Belonging (or not) to the group. Classes of things, to which certain things belong.
Sameness and difference within a group. A notion of "shared ownership".
And these are all very interesting and complex topics. And important.
• Can maths help us to get a handle on these ideas? ... Perhaps not! But we might learn something useful about maths if we give it a try.
• Maths, of course, has its own versions of membership:
If a number is an odd number then it is not an even number.
If an animal is a dog then it is not a cat.
Exercise: what does this mean? Discuss!
• And the dictionary says something is a member of a class if...?
Sort yourself (if you can) into a group according to the following sequence of criteria:
Female/Male; Young/Old; Religious/not; Football fan/not; Music fan/not; ...
Discuss!

Paul Martin (base=amsta)