This is an online professional development course for high school teachers that covers an important topic in the new syllabus: Networks and Paths for Year 12 Standard Mathematics Topic MS-N1.
It is the fourth part in our suite of New Syllabus Professional Development courses, focused on addressing the new parts of the new stage 6 mathematics syllabi.
This course is accredited for three hours of NESA (formerly BOSTES) professional development. It runs from 1 January 2018 until 31 March 2018.
Networks and Paths is presented by A/Prof Catherine Greenhill from the School of Mathematics and Statistics at UNSW Sydney.
The course covers the basic definitions of networks and paths, then discusses trees and, in particular, "spanning trees" which are very useful in applications. The rest of the course is devoted two algorithms (or methods) for finding spanning trees with useful properties: Kruskal's algorithm, or Prim's algorithm, for finding minimum weight spanning trees, and Dijkstra's algorithm for finding shortest paths from a given vertex.
Teachers will have an opportunity to consider how networks emerge naturally in the world around us and will share ideas and information to make this important topic more accessible to their students.
The cost for this course is $30.