Maths Makes A Difference

Age 14 to 18


2 February 2021: Making predictions in an uncertain world

On 2 February 2021, the Mathematics outreach teams at Oxford and Cambridge streamed a webinar aimed at year 12 students, as part of a series of webinars for Maths Makes A Difference.

In this interactive webinar we discussed how predictions can be useful in a wide range of situations, and why predicting the future might be difficult!

Here is a PDF of the slides from the start of the presentation.
Here is a PDF of the slides from during the presentation.

You can watch the recording of the webinar below:

Here is a summary of the ideas from the webinar, with some extra explanations about cobweb diagrams.

Links to resources used in the webinar

Links to further reading/watching

We encouraged participants to continue exploring after the webinar, and to send us the outcomes of their investigations for others to see. Here are some possibilities we suggested they could explore:

  • You could explore the maths of the logistic map further.
  • You could research the use of maths in studying population dynamics
  • You could research the maths in weather forecasting.
  • You could explore other applications where maths is used to make predictions.
  • You could explore the mathematical concept of Chaos further.

You can see the responses we received here.

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