DCU celebrated Maths Week by inviting 5th year students from local schools to a Maths Seminar sponsored by AOL. Ken Whelan, the first speaker showed the students that music is heavily laden with Mathematics. Complex Maths Functions are used to synthesize music, you have the periodic sequence of scales, sound waves depicted by sine graph and logarithmic scales to calculate intervals to name just a few areas of Mathematics. Rhythm of course is all about numbers.
Christine, the second speaker picked students from the audience to help her out. Some were involved in that logic game What Colour Hat? Others had to distinguish Diet Coke from Coke Zero. All ten students selected could tell the difference!
Thirdly Ciaran O’Sullivan from I.T. Tallaght helped us use our Maths Eyes. He showed us some fascinating uses of Mathematics in correcting curvatures of the spine and in predicting the height of a person from the length of other bones.