Abstract: What is the common thread in the following? There are points in the ocean where there is no tidal variation. There are antipodal points on the earth’s surface where both the temperature and the barometric pressure are the same. If you place a sheet of paper on a table then pick it up and crumple and fold it (and even stretch it if you can) without tearing then replace it within the spot where it was then some point on the paper will be back where it was or directly above. You can build a fence through very rugged terrain and still stop your sheep wandering. The answer is topology. Amongst other things I shall explain the links.
Tuesday 3 May, 6:30pm in Room 303.G02, University of Auckland City Campus
The Casio Senior Mathematics Competition is again underway. This is an important competition as it not only allows us to recognise the top Mathematicians but also allows top students, from all regions, to meet and share ideas. The format of the competition is remaining the same as in previous years with a preliminary round, which is 90 minutes long and marked within the school. Results are then forward to the regional markers to allow us to select the top 200 competitors. The papers then forwarded to NZAMT are used to select the 15 finalists. Both rounds consist of a written paper prepared by Examiners appointed by NZAMT.
Innovative maths resource promotes higher order thinking
A new resource designed to empower secondary school students to use maths concepts in contexts within and beyond the subject has been published. The LEMMA series: Mathematics tasks that promote higher order thinking is a collection of booklets that contain sequences of metamathematical activities which encourage students to focus on problem solving and critical thinking.
The resource was developed by Associate Professor Caroline Yoon, head of the Mathematics Education Unit at the University of Auckland, through funding from the Beeby fellowship, a partnership between the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO and the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER).
The innovative resource differs from a standard maths textbook as it addresses higher level skills and higher level thinking that are much harder to assess and often missed. The series is linked to the mathematics and statistics learning area of the national curriculum and encompasses communication and writing skills.
“Rather than being a text book trying to cover a wide area, the resource is designed to offer flexibility to teachers who can choose to use the resources that best fit with their own classroom and students,” Dr Yoon explains.
Making Assessment Judgements in Mathematics and Statistics
NZQA National Assessment Moderators for Mathematics and Statistics can be contracted to provide workshops to teachers to increase assessor confidence in making assessor judgements consistent with the national standard for the internally assessed NCEA standards.
The 2016 International Mathematical Modeling Challenge IM2C - An Announcement and an Invitation March 16, 2016 – May 9, 2016 Rationale: The purpose of the IM2C is to promote the teaching of mathematical modeling and applications at all educational levels for all students. It is based on the firm belief that students and teachers need to experience the power of mathematics to help better understand, analyze and solve real world problems outside of mathematics itself – and to do so in realistic contexts. The Challenge has been established in the spirit of promoting educational change. More Information