Topic outline

  • General

    UNSW Mathematics Teachers PD Day 2016

    Welcome to the Moodle space for the UNSW Mathematics Teachers Professional Development Day 2016.

    Some workshops will have materials uploaded before the day and other may post materials after the day.

    Your access to this Moodle page will last for 180 days.  Please download anything you want to keep within that time.

  • Learning statistics by doing a study

    Presenters: David Warton and Jakub Stoklosa

  • Simulations of random variables

    Presenters Diana Combe, Yanan Fan and Donna Salopek

    We will be introducing the stats package RStudio and using it to simulate random variables. RStudio is free to use and you may bring your own computer and use it (we can help you install RStudio) or else use the computers in our labs.

    We will start in the lecture theatre RC-M032 which is on the mezzanine level of the Red Centre Building (entrance off the foyer to the central wing of the Red Centre and then we will move to the computer labs for some hand on exercises.

    Participants in this session will receive a folder with hard copy of (i) the lecture slides and (ii) the exercises and (iii) an extra guide to the binomial distribution (this last document produced from AMSI).

    You will find here a copy of the slides (and soon a copy of the exercises). 

    There is also a link to the AMSI site which has wonderful resources for teachers.

  • Vectors and geometry

    Presenter: Daniel Mansfield

    Bring your rulers and dust off your protractor! This session provides a concrete geometric introduction to vectors, starting from the definition of a vector and finishing with the cross product. We will visit many familiar geometric results, which can be elegantly proven using vectors.

    The notes for this session are available below.

  • An introduction to matrices with applications

    Presenter: Milan Pahor

  • Differential equations and modelling

    Presenters: Jonathan Kress and Joshua Capel

    The slides and handouts from the day are below.  The geogebra apps require geogebra 5 because of the SlopeField function that they use.  Some additional notes based on the feedback received so far are being written to accompany the workshop.

    If you have any requests or suggestions post it on facebook or, send an email to

  • Networks

    Presenter: Thomas Britz

    Welcome to Networks!

    The rise of online social networks has put networks and graph theory in a bright spotlight, not only for the general public but also for researchers across a wide range of research fields, from biology to psychology to computer science and beyond.

    In this workshop, we will present a useful and interesting glimpse into graph theory, first providing some history and the basic definitions and properties of networks. We will then find minimal spanning trees in a network, using Prim's Algorithm which is related to the algorithm used in Google Maps, for instance.

    The lecture slides are available via the links below, as are the lecture notes - a condensed version of the slides.
    To get the most out of this workshop, download the notes, fill in the exercises and complete the challenges!

  • Proof

    Presenter: David Angell