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Jeff Anderson Visit

01 October 2015

Last Thursday our Year 10 maths students were treated to a talk by our guest speaker, Jeff Anderson.

Jeff is from the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing at The University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Jeff has spent his career working in mathematics education and also in industry. He has worked with former students to build sophisticated data transfer devices which are used today to broadcast live TV footage without the need for expensive remote broadcasting trucks.

“Sometimes maths, especially when getting into more advanced topics, can be seen as quite mechanical and unnecessary for the future. However after an awe inspiring lecture about how maths can translate into a variety of intriguing jobs, as well as being I quote “The most important subject you’ll learn at school”, it gave me an insight into how essential to the world maths really is. The topics he talked about were very relevant today’s society; he talked in great detail about how if we excel at maths it ensures you will have better opportunities in the future. Furthermore I think this gave everybody a little more of an incentive to work hard as well as motivating everyone. Overall he gave us an insight into another perspective on maths, showing us how fascinating and widely used it is in a multitude of industries; it may have even made us like maths a little more!” Oliver Clarke, 10S

Over lunch Jeff held a voluntary problem solving workshop. An impressive 64 students attended and worked hard to complete as many questions as possible. Attached are the questions and solutions from the workshop, we invite you to try them for yourselves!

<<Try out Jeff's Problems here if you are brave enough!>>

If you would like more information about the work of Jeff and his team, please check out the Centre’s website

Ben Sillitoe / Assistant Head of Mathematics