Professional Development Short Course for Mathematics Teachers


Friday, 25 November 2011 - 9:15am


Webster Theatre A, Robert Webster Building, UNSW Kensington campus

The next in our popular series of Professional Development Short Courses for high school mathematics teachers will be held on the morning of Friday 25th November. The course consists of two one-hour seminars separated by morning tea.


  • Vectors - a look at a National Curriculum topic

Peter Brown, School of Mathematics and Statistics

Although the details of the senior National Curriculum are not yet out, it is almost certain that the new syllabus will include the topic of Vectors. In this talk we will have a look at some of the key ideas and suggested presentations of parts of this topic. No prior knowledge of the subject will be assumed, but there should be material of interest to all.

  • The Mathematics of Origami and the Origami of Mathematics

Milan Pahor, School of Mathematics and Statistics

By simply folding paper it is possible to generate constructions far beyond the scope of the classic straight edge and compass. We will trisect the angle, prove Pythagoras’ theorem and solve quadratic equations using nothing but a sheet of paper.
(Classroom worksheets will be supplied. Please bring a heavy duty pen, sturdy ruler and scissors).


9:15am – 9:30am Registration
9:30am – 10:30am Seminar 1 – Peter Brown
10:30am – 11:00am Morning tea
11:00am – 12:00pm Seminar 2 – Milan Pahor


Webster Theatre A, Robert Webster Building, (map reference G14), UNSW Kensington campus.

Who should attend?

All high school mathematics teachers are welcome.


The Professional Development Short Course is $55.00 per teacher (including GST). This includes two lectures and morning tea.


Online registration is now open. Click here to register.


Should you have any questions regarding this short course, please contact Renee Falvey, Marketing Officer, Faculty of Science on p: 9385 7307 or e:

Click here to download the flyer.

This course is registered with the NSW Institute of Teachers (Course code C07182).