World of Mathematics Workshop for G11 Students

On Thursday 29 November 20 students attended the first in a series of workshops exploring the World of Mathematics. The workshops are open to any Grade 11 students interested in enriching their mathematics learning experience by briefly exploring aspects of Mathematics rarely encountered in high school as well as their applications in the real world. The students were introduced to Topology, a branch of Discrete Mathematics, and explored the amazing properties of a Möbius band, which has just one surface and one edge and which is used, amongst other applications, in constructing conveyor belts. After cutting the bands in different places the students began to make predictions and conjectures about the effects of cuts at different fractions across the width of the band; learning that a small change in the position of the cut can lead to dramatic differences in the outcome. The next World of Mathematics workshop will be held on Thursday 13 December at 10.15am (G11 study periods 3&4) in SS28. We hope that many G11 students will come along to explore the mathematics of Tesselations, Tiling and Kaleidocycles.

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