Online Professional Development Course for High School Educators: Archimedes and the Law of the Lever


Monday, 17 November 2014 - 6:00pm



The School of Mathematics and Statistics is currently developing a suite of six short professional development courses called Mathematics in the Modern World. These are aimed at Australian high school mathematics teachers and will provided focused online lessons and activities through OpenLearning. Each course is for 4 hours over a 2 week period.

The first of the series is: "Archimedes and the Law of the Lever".

Trial Special offer: The first run of Archimedes and the Law of the Lever is only $60.

Archimedes and the Law of the Lever

This course is given by award-winning lecturer A/Prof N. J. Wildberger from the School of Mathematics and Statistics at UNSW. Click here to join the course:

  • Session times:
    17 November 6-8pm; and
    24 November 6-8pm.
    All videos and content will be accessible from 17 - 30 November.
  • Accreditation: 4 hours
  • View the course poster


Module 1: Levers and Centres of Mass

Module 2: Balancing and Expected Values

Module 3: Vectors and Barycentric Co-ordinates

Module 4: Projects and Challenges

More than 2000 years ago, Archimedes discovered a fundamental law that mathematically explains how a lever works. This insight still has wide applications in the modern world, from designing helicopters to discovering planets around distant stars. In this course teachers will strengthen their understanding of algebra, vectors, parametric equations for lines, centres of mass and planar geometry, as well as expected values (or means) of probability distributions--- all arising from Archimedes' Principle. They will also have fun with activities and small projects that they can bring to the classroom.

This video introduces our new suite of Professional Development courses.