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Enhancing Learning in Computer Science & Mathematics Using Cross Disciplinary Projects (K-12/HE) is a Course

Enhancing Learning in Computer Science & Mathematics Using Cross Disciplinary Projects (K-12/HE)

Started May 4, 2020

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Full course description

Course Date:

Ongoing

Duration:

Open

Commitment:

1-2 hrs/week

Requirement:

None

Course Type:

Self-paced

Credential:

Badge(s);Certificate (free)

Description

Mathematics & Computer Science are often taught to students as distinct subjects. But there are a multitude of ways in which they can be used to inspire interest in each other. In this course we will use problems from mathematics to stimulate an interest in computer science and vice versa. We’ll also take inspiration from history and the arts. The problems we will study include:

  1. Complex Numbers & the Mandelbrot Set
  2. Recurrence Relations & The Towers of Hanoi
  3. Loops, Recursion & The Sum of the Natural Numbers
  4. Truth Tables & The Island of Knights & Knaves
  5. Iteration, Fibonacci & The Golden Ratio

Each section includes practise sheets and examples which can be used in the classroom.

A basic of knowledge of programming will be useful but is not essential.

Objectives

At the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Use the Mandelbrot set to illustrate the application of complex numbers and for loops.
  • Use the Towers of Hanoi problem to illustrate the application of recurrence relations.
  • Use problems form the arts to stimulate interest in mathematics and programming.
  • Use logic puzzles to illustrate the application of truth tables.
  • Use problems form ancient mathematics to illustrate the application of iteration.

Target Audience: Teachers of Computer Science and/or Mathematics at Second Level, High School, Further Education and Higher Education.


Course is offered by University of Wolvehammpton.

Course Instructors

Dr. Liam Naughton

Dr. Liam Naughton

Senior Lecturer in Mathematics

Liam is a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics at the University of Wolverhampton. Read More.

He has many years experience teaching mathematics and computer science to students in a variety of courses and at a variety of levels. he has extensive experience in designing and developing PD opportunities for Educators.

Dr. Herbert Daly

Dr. Herbert Daly

Senior Lecturer in Computer Science

Herbert is a Senior lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Wolverhampton. Read More.

He has many years experience of teaching mathematics and computer science to students as well as to industry professionals and Educators. He is an IBM Champion.

 

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