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The conference for all 11-19 mathematics teachers

29 June - 1 July 2017

Keele University

Modelling and problem solving in the MEI A level (Part II - Modelling with Algorithms)

Keith Proffitt

15:15 - 16:15 Saturday 1st July

A level Mathematics / Further Mathematics OCR(MEI) and Use of technology in teaching mathematics

Often Decision Maths has been criticised because the algorithms can only be applied to very simple cases. In the real world technology is used to tackle much larger problems. The MEI unit Modelling with Algorithms shows how several of the problems met in the first half of the course (e.g. shortest path, longest path, network flow) can be reformulated as linear programs, and tackled using technology.

Delegates will be expected to be familiar with simple network algorithms such as Dijkstra. Please bring a laptop or tablet with internet access.

Assumed knowledge

A basic knowledge of the underlying mathematical content is expected.

About the speaker(s)

Keith has worked for MEI for 3 years, having previously been a teacher for 25 years and worked for OCR for 5 years. He delivers CPD and writes resources but has spent most of the last 3 years helping to design the new MEI A levels, with particular responsibility for Further Mathematics.