Mathematical Networks

For: Year 10 and 11 students

Programs will commence on Tuesday 9 May 2017

Description

Mathematical network theory is used extensively in society to solve problems and find optimal solutions. Logistics, transportation and disease control are just a few examples of where network theory is applied to solve important problems around the world.

UniSA Connect’s Mathematical Networks will explore a number of these networks using puzzles and games based on real life situations. Students will also be lead through the process of forming and testing conjectures and understanding network terminology.

What will students do?

In this hands on program students will use a series of puzzles to explore principles of networks, established by the famous mathematician Leonhard Euler. In the first instance students will use trial and error to solve a problem. Students will then be introduced to “nodes”, “edges” and “degrees’” in network theory, and will subsequently be lead through an examination of their work, constructing and testing conjectures leading to the establishment of the mathematical rule that satisfies all situations.

Students will also apply network theory to train scheduling, using techniques to prevent grid lock in a series of transport network examples. 

Finally students will use a computer simulation to explore the spread and control of disease within a community, and the role that vaccination has in reducing the spread of a disease. The aim of the simulation is to “save” as many people as possible from contracting the disease.

 Conditions

  • As this program is a practical activity and may be run in a laboritory, students and accompanying adults will be required to wear closed in shoes and appropriate dress.
  • Teachers will receive confirmation of booking and pre-visit information.

Bookings

For further assistance, please contact UniSAConnect@unisa.edu.au

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