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We are often presented with mathematical situations and asked to identify a pattern. Spotting patterns can be an important first step - understanding why the pattern works and explaining why it is appropriate to generalise is the next step, and often the most interesting and important to mathematicians. This participatory session will offer students an opportunity to describe patterns and suggest possible generalisations. Level: suggested age range 11-13

Charlie has over 20 years experience in mathematics education. He taught maths for 9 years in comprehensive schools, progressing to become Head of Department, before taking up a post, which he held for a further 9 years, as a Lecturer in Mathematics Education in the School of Education, University of Cambridge, co-ordinating and examining the Maths PGCE course. He then returned to secondary maths teaching before joining the NRICH team within the Millennium Mathematics Project in 2000 as a Senior Research Associate.


Charlie Gilderdale | talks


Date and Time:

17 March 2005 at 2:30 pm


1 hour



Centre for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge
Wilberforce Road
01223 766839

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Admission to the lecture is free but by ticket only – for tickets please contact
Alison Boyle, Millennium Mathematics Project, Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Wilberforce Road, Cambridge CB3 0WA (01223 766839) or email mmp@maths.cam.ac.uk

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