First Steps at Unlimited Paenga Tawhiti - Class Report

"In block 2.2 (the second half of Term 2) we have been studying the Dance of Mathematics. There is currently a group of three of us (Cameron Mason, Kelsey Vavasour and Tony Rowley), but we had four most of the time. We have been having a lot of fun in learning the moves, and dancing. We each had to make two or more 'zeros', which is where you combine a sequence of moves so that you end up in the same place that you started."

"Bill has also been teaching us other things like how to untangle Mathematical Tangles (which comes from a square dance holding ropes invented by John Conway and discussed on the bottom of page 10 in his article The Power of Mathematics), and how an iterative method to find Square Roots of numbers like 2 and 10 can produce some `music', and how to stop a table wobbling."

The Dance of Maths at Unlimited Paenga Tawhiti and Discovery One.

We're taking the dance of mathematics to a new level. Bill is working with students exploring real mathematical dancing! Yes, there is such a thing! At MIT in America, engineering and science students at do it at Tech Squares.

Students at Unlimited and Discovery One in Christchurch are getting into it. With their many special talents, they should come up with some interesting maths projects, ranging from making videos about symmetry, making music to mesh with the mathematical patterns, and learning challenging maths about complex numbers and deeper ideas from algebra.