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Academic Scholars explore Space through Mathematics as part of latest seminar

Academic Scholars explore Space through Mathematics as part of latest seminar

Academic Scholars at Rydal Penrhos got the chance to explore space through mathematics as part of their latest seminar.

Under the guidance of Head of Maths Rhian Williams, the group begun by discussing what an astronaut would need to survive and successfully complete a spacewalk, with the key answer being oxygen.

They then moved on to talk about how oxygen usage varies from person to person, with the mathematical idea producing linear regression line and the product-moment correlation coefficient.

Mrs Williams also handed out significant data that been collected by NASA from a previous spacewalk and asked she the pupils to analyse the information that had been presented to them.

Following their examination of the statistics, the group correlated a graph regarding their findings which also demonstrated the linear regression theory, before using the equation to work out whether the astronaut would have enough oxygen to complete a seven hour mission and how long they actually had until their supply ran out.

To end the session they also discussed how the Ti-nspire graphical display calculator can be used to find the linear regression and Mrs Williams handed out a class set of these calculators for the pupils to use for themselves.

She said: “They really enjoyed this particular part of the session and I hope to do some more sessions on these calculators in the future.”

 

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