Online Professional Development Course: Curves from Apollonius to Bezier


Monday, 3 April 2017 - 9:00am to Monday, 8 May 2017 - 8:00pm


This PD course, Curves from Apollonius to Bezier, explains interesting constructions and application of curves in mathematics, from the time of the ancient Greeks, through the great developments of the 17th and 18th centuries, to the modern applications of design and computer graphics of the de Casteljau Bezier curves. It also provides a self contained introduction to using GeoGebra in the classroom.

This is an online Professional Development course for maths teachers, part of the Mathematics in The Modern World suite of courses developed at the School of Mathematics and Statistics. It is presented by A/Prof Norman Wildberger, who in 2014 received a UNSW VCATE teaching award, and assisted by Daniel Mansfield, who recently received a VCATE teaching award!

The course costs $90 and will run over roughly a five-week period from April 3 to May 8 2017. You will be able to work through the four Modules at your own pace, and of course interact with other learners as well as the course instructors via comments and questions on the openlearning platform. 

There will be a mix of online videos, activities and quizzes. You will get some experience using GeoGebra to illustrate two dimensional geometry. The course will present lots of interesting historical and mathematical material which will be valuable to maths teachers, from primary years to senior high school. Please join us!


This video introduces our suite of Professional Development courses, Mathematics in the Modern World.