Game Theory and Modelling

This theme was probably the most fun - from Prisoners Dilemna to Monty Hall to running outside in a group trying to mimic the behaviour of swarming birds; there was certainly lots of hands on action.

Students watched a TED talk by Steven Strogatz explaining the basic rules that can be used to model how each bird flies in a swarm.

1. Only aware of your nearest neighbour
2. Fly in the same direction as your neighbour
3. Maintain the same distance from your neighbour
4. Fly away if you see a predator

Easy to understand, hard to enact!

The main idea we were trying to get across was that maths is all about sets of rules.  Once you understand the rules you can do the maths.  We played card games every evening which reinforced this idea of being able to operate within rules.

 

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Date: Monday, 30. January 2012 11:50
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