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Mathematics: Mathematical Problem Solving – University Tutorial With Dr Robert Whittaker From University of East Anglia

28th September 2023 @ 15:35 - 16:20

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In this live interactive Mathematics tutorial, we will be joined by Dr Robert Whittaker, Lecturer in Applied Mathematics in the School of Mathematics at University of East Anglia, who will explore Mathematical Problem Solving.

The full context/introduction to this live and interactive discussion is provided in a Headliner recorded resource (see below). This recording can be watched as a class activity or independently in preparation for the discussion.

Robert considers problem solving in terms of ‘applying things you know to solve an unfamiliar problem’ and examines what mathematical problem solving is before looking at some techniques that can be used. Robert then applies these techniques to some example problems before introducing the ‘homework’ problems which will be discussed and solved during the live session on 28th September.

The session aims to deepen students’ understanding of the topic whilst enabling them to access and experience a live online university tutorial.

Lecturer Profile (Please Click): Dr Robert Whittaker


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom, or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but access to the Headliner recording will continue to be accessible.


Suitable for: Key Stage 5, and equivalent, students studying or with an interest in studying Mathematics and related subjects. Teachers and members of school staff, as always, are welcome too and participants can join as individuals from school/college or home, or as a group from school/college.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students are asked to watch the Headliner recording and consider the ‘homework’ problems introduced by Robert in advance of the live session.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:


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28th September 2023
15:35 - 16:20
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