The day before exams started, a small group of senior students were treated to a lecture by UK mathematician, Rob Eastaway. Eastaway has a varied maths background using his statistical knowledge to work with big business, sports and education. The topic of this lecture was ‘Decision Maths’ where he looked at the maths involved in decision-meking, from sports to Mars orbiters and everything in between. He showed us how he developed a ranking system for the world cricket stage and how mathematical decisions could help you win at game shows. It was thoroughly enjoyable with lots of interaction and opportunities for students to win money, chocolate and the coveted truncatable prime pencil which Mrs Rabulall is surfing the internet to try to find as we speak. It was a great opportunity to see how maths relates to real-world scenarios, the pit-falls and tips of applying our maths knowledge.
Here’s what a couple of the seniors had to say about their experience:
Jeonghyeok Park, Matthew Walters, Ryan O’Sullivan, Tonii Ruiterman and Callum Travers
Quotes from the students
It was a beneficial time to have a think about mathematical models around us. There were lots of interesting topics that could be explained by statistics which will help for my future decisions.
The most interesting part was the $50 trust game where a prize of $50 was offered to whoever wrote the largest numbers out of 10 people. The prize of $50 went to the largest number written down and was divided amongst the winners. It was interesting to learn about the whole statistics that went into predictions.
I learned a lot about stats and I also found the maths behind ranking systems very interesting. The best part of the lecture was the mathematical applications of game theory and it showed how human mind-set has such a large effect on outcomes and decisions.
The lecture offered an insightful view into how maths is incorporated into our everyday life and the decisions we make. It was interesting to see how personalities and human characteristics can affect our decisions and its probability.
It was really interesting with the practical demonstrations of statistics. The games were entertaining and the talk was a great supplement to the maths we learn in class.