Mathematics

Offered at La Trobe University's Melbourne campus, our Mathematics outreach programs allow students to explore graphs and musical rhythms.

Middle years

What's the use of Mathematics

For: Years 9 and 10, Mathematics

Available: By arrangement

Duration: 1 hour

Cost: $10 per student

Maximum: 25 students

Location: Melbourne

Mathematics is so critical to our daily lives that we more or less take it for granted. Mathematics however is an abstract science. It’s as old as humanity, as complex as humanity’s oldest problems, and as simple as its most ingenious solutions. It embodies definitions, concepts, methods and patterns, and like most other scientific disciplines, it offers a practical bridge between abstract problems and real world solutions.

In this workshop students explore the algorithms, logic and mysteries of Mathematics, how to use Mathematics to think outside the square, and how to ask the right questions to get the right answers. Topics covered include integrable systems, initial values, the quad rule, and how to generalise the quad-graph rule. The workshop also considers the rewards and challenges of teaching Mathematics.

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Maths and Music - What's the Link?

For: Years 9 and 10, Mathematics

Available: By arrangement

Duration: 1.5 hours

Cost: $10 per student

Maximum: 25 students

Location: Melbourne

In this workshop students investigate the mathematics of rhythm via a journey through classical music, rock, metal, alt, rap, goth, world and folk music, as well as making forays into calendars, unending chess, neutron accelerators and origami.

In addition to participating in a lot of rhythmic tapping and clapping, students engage in mathematical exercises involving basic geometry and number theory, which arise naturally with a new understanding of the structure of rhythms in music and other fields.  They do the maths, tap out the rhythms, and acquire a new perspective on mathematics and an informed musical understanding of some of the patterns arising naturally in geometry and number theory.

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Made by Maths - Self Guided Walk

For: Years 7-10, Mathematics

Available: Register and download the app at madebymaths.mav.vic.edu.au

Duration: 2 hours

Cost: Free

Maximum: 25 students

Location: Melbourne

La Trobe University’s Melbourne Campus is home to the third walk in the ‘Made by Maths’ app of The Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV). The walk, which takes in buildings and sculptures, includes ‘things to do’ to earn trophies within the app, and is suitable for Australian Curriculum levels 7–10. Students will need to bring their own device (tablet, smart phone), so they can access the app, take videos and photos, and record their answers to open and multiple choice questions.

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