DIT to celebrate Maths Week with host of events

 Maths week


12th October 2012: Maths Week Ireland is an all-Ireland celebration of Maths and is a partnership of over 50 universities, institutes of technology, colleges, museums, libraries, visitors’ centres, and professional bodies - any group that values maths. The idea behind the week is to promote awareness, appreciation and understanding of maths through a huge variety of events and activities. This year Maths Week Ireland 2012 will take place from 13th October - 21 October and there will be events around the Island of Ireland. In celebration DIT’s School of Mathematical Sciences will host a number of events aimed at both primary and secondary school students.

Monday 15th October 2012

11.45am – 3.00 pm:

Number of stands with fun interactive demonstrations and competitions

1.00pm – 2.00pm:

Maths and Rhythm with Paco Gomez & Giovanna Farigu

Target audience:

Junior Certificate Cycle.

In the African and Cuban music traditions, the Bembe rhythm is very popular. It is played on bells and appears in many styles.

Finding the greatest common denominator (g.c.d.) of two numbers is easy. We learnt in primary school that it simply consists of listing the divisors of the two numbers and pick their greatest common divisor.

What do the Bembe rhythm and the g.c.d. of two numbers have in common? They are related by Euclid's algorithm, a very old and simple method to compute the g.c.d. In this presentation we will look at the connection between Bembe rhythm and Euclids algorithim in this interactive presentation. We will also explore other connections between Mathematics and Music.

Contact details: Claire/Martina t. 01-4024610 e. mathsecretary@dit.ie

Wednesday 17th October 2012

12.00 pm – 3.00 pm:

Number of stands with fun interactive demonstrations and competitions

1.00 pm – 2.00 pm:

Murderous Maths with Kjartan Poskitt

Target audience:

Senior Primary Cycle

Kjartan Poskitt is the author of Scholastic's "Murderous Maths" series which have sold over 1,500,000 copies world wide. His latest book "Everyday Maths For Grown Ups" is written to help adults who have never quite grasped how sums work!

Over the last 10 years he has entertained schools, teacher conferences and theatre audiences with items from his books including strange numbers, bizarre facts, tricks, predictions, flexagons and magic squares, and he has presented numerous science and maths programmes for BBC TV.

Contact details: Claire/Martina t. 01-4024610 e. mathsecretary@dit.ie

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