Sunday, 24 March 2013

Specialist Mathematics presentation by Associate Professor Alan Branford 

Alan, who is the Director Studies in Mathematics and Statistics at Flinders University, gave an inspiring talk about how mathematics and statistics can be used in real life to the SMAF Specialist Mathematics students.
His talk centred around his work at the Lotteries Commission, where he was employed to ensure that the commission made money on games such as Kino. His take home message was that it was better to be employed by the Lotteries Commission rather than gambling!
He also gave the students a booklet which showed hundreds of job advertisements for people with qualifications in mathematics, to show there are huge employment opportunities available.
Alan discussed how his work has enabled him to work with people from many different disciplines, including biologists investigating the roosting activity of the southern bent wing bat.

Alan with the Specialist Maths teachers: Daliana and Maurice 

Alan involved students to generate data and demonstrate the probability of throwing a die.

Alan's final slide showed how for every dollar a gambler spends, over the long term they will receive 72 cents in return.

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