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Year 9  Maths Quest Poster Competition Categories:

Year nines can choose from:

Year 9 Theme – Mathematics – A Universal Language for the Future

or

Year 9 Theme -  Mathematics – The Language of Science (Years 9 and 10)

or

Year 9 Theme - The Mathematics of Planet Earth and Beyond (Years 7 - 10) 

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Year 9 Theme – Mathematics – A Universal Language for the Future

The world into which present students are entering is characterised by rapid change, due in part to growing human population, associated climate change, globalisation of industry, and almost instantaneous communication world-wide using cell-phones. Mathematics provides a language with which to understand these rapid changes. This theme asks you to think about how mathematics may be important in understanding future issues for mankind, and the planet.

The following notes are for possible guidance only. If you are stuck, please ask your teacher. However it is likely you will discover a really interesting topic to base your poster on.

Here are some thoughts that may help you develop ideas for your poster.

Mathematics is a language. It is able to describe how things add up, multiply, grow, change with time, and are related to one another, among many other things. Mathematics expresses these ideas in a form that is much more compact and convenient than if you were to describe them in your native language. Moreover, mathematics is a universal language spoken all over the world: you can talk maths with people whose native language you don't share.

The language of Mathematics is being expanded and applied in increasingly many fields. For example, mathematics is vitally important to many new technologies, including the internet, mobile communication, space exploration, modern architecture, and finding cures for diseases. Many people from all over the world are collaborating to address these issues, and they need to communicate through the language of mathematics.

As our world becomes more connected and complex, mathematics will also be important for our future. Think 20 years from now: Can you think of a new technology you would like to have, and how mathematics can help you get it? Can you think of a global challenge, and how mathematics can help address it? You could be motivated by an item in the news, or a movie you have seen, or something you found on the internet. Ask yourself: in which way would mathematics play a key role for what you have in mind?

Some aspects of mathematics which will increasingly affect our lives in the future are: Computing, big data, increasing complexity, uncertainty and risk, interdisciplinary research, connectedness.

These are just some of the big questions about the Mathematics – A Universal Language for the Future, that mathematics can help us understand.

Please think about what the underlying mathematics (or statistics) could be that relates to your question or questions in your poster.

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Year 7 Poster
   
Year 7 Poster



Year 9 Theme -  Mathematics – The Language of Science (Years 9 and 10)

Some of the questions associated with the “mathematics: the language of   science” which you could think about for your poster - go to the MacDiarmid Institute website

Nanotechnologists use mathematics to invent the technologies of the future. By simulating atoms on computers they can design new devices and other technologies, including solar cells and carbon nanotubes. What types of equations do computational nanotechnologists solve?

Materials scientists can make new materials by combing the atomic elements in new ways. How do they know what properties the materials will have before they make them? What equations do they use to understand how atoms interact?

Superconductors are really cool! No, really – superconductors need to be cooled down to 200 degrees below zero to work! What is superconductivity, and how is it used in levitated trains and MRI machines. What mathematics can be used to describe it?

These are just some of the big questions about the Mathematics – The Language of Science, that mathematics can help us understand.

Please think about what the underlying mathematics (or statistics) could be that relates to your question or questions in your poster.

Year 7 Poster

Year 7 Poster

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 Year 9 Theme - The Mathematics of Planet Earth and Beyond (Years 7 - 10)

The theme "Mathematics of Planet Earth and Beyond" challenges your imagination, by dealing with the mathematics associated with our Earth, as well as larger systems in the Universe.

The following notes are for guidance only.  If you are stuck, please ask your teacher.  However it is likely you will discover a really interesting topic to base your poster on.  Here are some questions associated with the Mathematics Planet Earth and Beyond:

  • Why is it important to understand the weather and atmosphere?
  • What role does mathematics and/or statistics have in this understanding?
  • What are the rainfall and temperature patterns were you live and how do they compare to other locations in NZ?
  • What amount of rainfall is needed to cause a severe flood?
  • What are the likely effects of climate change in the future?
  • What are the latest predictions for temperatures over the next 50 years?
  • Does the Universe have a beginning or will it have an end?
  • How do black holes form and how can they be detected?
  • Where is the Earth located in the Galaxy and Universe?
  • How are the ages of the Universe and the Earth determined?
  • What is gravity?
  • How do the planets move around the Sun?
  • What causes an earthquake?
  • What is a volcano?
  • How are earthquakes measured?
  • How do different species evolve?
  • How can different species be characterised
  • using mathematics or statistics?
  • What are some of the differences about species native to NZ when compared to other parts of the world?

These are just some of the big questions about the Mathematics of Planet Earth and Beyond, that mathematics can help us understand.

Please think about what the underlying mathematics (or statistics) could be that relates to your question or questions in your poster.

Year 7 Poster

Year 7 Poster

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