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Patterns Open Worlds online webinar for Grade 11 learners
Start: 07/10/2020, 18:00
End: 07/10/2020, 19:00
Contact:Maambele Khosa -
Location: Online / Aanlyn

​The Faculty of Science cordially invites all Grade 11 learners to the annual POW (Patterns Open Worlds) online webinar.
The Patterns open Worlds (POW) programme was established in 2018 to celebrate 100 years of science teaching and research at the Faculty of Science at Stellenbosch University. This year we continue to build on this initiative, and invite Grade 11 learners to join us for an online webinar on 7 October 2020.

Starting with a look at the patterns in the world around us, the presenters will show how mathematics serve as a gateway to all other natural science disciplines. There will also be a worksheet for participants with multiple choice questions based on the presentations which they can submit the following day. Participants will also stand a chance to win a TakeAlot voucher in the lucky draw.


The shapes of reality – presented by Dr Sophie Marques, Mathematics Divison, Department of Mathematical Sciences

When does language become mathematics? An introduction to the idea of numbers and how they differ from other words and concepts in language.

​Is there a knot in my cable? – presented by Dr Bruce Bartlett

"Knot theory" is the mathematical study of tangled loops of string in three-dimensional space. It is fascinating in its own right and it has many beautiful connections with other areas of mathematics and science in general - from number theory to the study of DNA.

​Bioinformatics: Using computers to understand life – presented by Prof Hugh Patterton

With the sequencing of the genomes of many organisms, it became obvious that we need computational methods to analyse and understand the enormous amounts of information contained in genomes. Bioinformatics is thus a new discipline where we use computers to analyse and understand the enormous volumes of data associated with living systems. Research in modern biology is simply not possible without bioinformatics.

Applying mathematics to a real world environmental problem – presented by Dr Hardus Diedericks

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) combines applied mathematics, physics and computer science to produce answers to real-life questions. In this example, we use CFD to investigate if discharging small volumes of heated water in the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town will adversely affect the existing environment.​

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