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The below is a list of presentations appropriate for junior high school classes, in alphabetical order. If you would like us to come and give any of these presentations in your classroom for free, please use the contact form on the School Visits page.

Eulerian Circuits


Grade: 9
In this talk, students will be asked to find a route through the historic city of Königsberg so that they cross every bridge exactly once. This problem spawned an area of mathematics called graph theory, which makes this problem (and many others) much easier to solve! This talk serves as a gentle introduction to graph theory and its applications.

Outcomes:

  • Solve problems using graphs.
  • Learn definitions involving graphs.
  • Look into different types of graphs.
  • Try to deduce mathematical theorems.
  • Understand why graph theory is so important in real life.

Fibonacci and the Golden Ratio


Grade: 7-9
In this talk students discover the relationship between the Golden Ratio and Fibonacci numbers. We also learn why the Golden Ratio is found throughout nature and listen to Fibonacci number inspired music.

Outcomes:

  • What can happen when you sum numbers with a certain pattern.
  • Look into a spatial math sequence and a special number, that appears in nature a lot and is now used in everyday life.
  • Math and art.
  • Math and music.
  • Count the number of solutions to a problem.

Graph Colouring


Grade: 9
This talk introduces students to graph theory. We look at the four colour problem, how graph colouring can be used to solve scheduling problems and even lead students through an activity that will classify what graphs can be coloured with 2 colours.

Outcomes:

  • Solve problems using graphs.
  • Look into different types of graphs.
  • Try to deduce mathematical theorems.
  • Understand why graph theory is so important in real life.
  • Look into the known problem of map colouring.
  • Applications to scheduling problems.

Jury Duty


Grade: 7-9
A crime has been committed! By exploring various areas of mathematics, such as logic, graph theory, geometry and more we will see if we can put the guilty party behind bars!

Outcomes:

  • Use math to solve problems that seem to have unpredictable solutions.
  • Attempt to think outside the box to solve math problems.
  • Determine and explain strategies for solving problems or winning games.
  • Understand that a problem might not have a solution and being capable of explaining why.
  • Apply logic to solve problems.
  • Learn how to eliminate possible solutions to a problem.
  • Introduction the mathematical areas that are currently studied: graph theory, cryptography, logic, geometry, algebra and number theory.

Mathemagic


Grade: 7-9
Can you always correctly guess someones birthday, magically untie yourself from ropes or read someones mind? You should be able to! It is not magic, it's math!

Outcomes:

  • Use math to solve problems that seem to have unpredictable solutions.
  • Introduction to binary representation of numbers.
  • Review of mental math skills and applying these to concrete problems.
  • The role of each digit in a sum.
  • Factorization of large numbers.
  • What can happen when you sum numbers with a certain pattern.
  • Different properties of different 2-D shapes.

Prime Numbers


Grade: 9
Learn how ancient Greeks found prime numbers, and how huge primes today are the secret to internet encryption! We will learn some divisibility "tricks", prove that there are an infinite number of primes, and explore one of the oldest unsolved problems in mathematics: the Goldbach Conjecture!

Outcomes:

  • Understand divisibility, factorization and prime numbers.
  • Find solutions to problems by sieving.
  • Why prime numbers are so important.

Problem Solving


Grade: 7-9
Explore the art of problem solving by investigating
tiling problems, number games and graph theory problems.

Outcomes:

  • Use math to solve problems that seem to have unpredictable solutions.
  • Attempt to think outside the box to solve math problems.
  • Determine and explain strategies for solving problems or winning games.
  • Understand that a problem might not have a solution and being capable of explaining why.
  • Practice mental math skills.
  • Recognize equivalent problems.
  • View some interesting applications of areas and geometry.

Tessellations


Grade: 7-9
We will explore geometry in artwork and nature through tessellations. We will look at the work of artist who used mathematics to enhance their work and even create some of our own tessellation artwork!

Outcomes:

  • Counting possible solutions to a problem.
  • Finding repeated patterns.

Toads and Frogs


Grade: 7-9
Toads & Frogs is a game where the students are the game pieces. We will explore number patterns in this game and find out the number of moves it takes to win.

Outcomes:

  • Study the mathematics behind the strategies to a game.
  • Introduction to polynomials.

Tower of Hanoi


Grade: 9
The Tower of Hanoi is a very old and very popular problem. According to Ancient priests there was a temple, which contained a large room with a Tower of Hanoi with 64 golden disks. It was believed that when the last move of the puzzle is completed, the world would end!
We will look at number patterns in this game.

Outcomes:

  • Study a classical game.
  • Usage of graphs to solve problems.

If there is a topic you'd like to see a presentation on, but we do not have it in our list yet, just let us know and we will create one!

Contact us for ideas on how we can best serve your needs!

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