Differences in educational practices between Victoria and NSW could explain declines in Australian students’ mathematics performance in international test scores, according to research led by UNSW.


Evidence shows that on certain physics questions, otherwise high-performing female students under-perform compared to their male peers. Kate Wilson, Anna Wilson and David Low want to know why.


UNSW Sydney scientists have discovered the purpose of a famous 3700-year old Babylonian clay tablet, revealing it is the world’s oldest and most accurate trigonometric table, most likely used by ancient mathematical scribes to calculate how to construct palaces, temples and stepped pyramids.


Daniel Mansfield and Norman Wildberger say a 3,700-year old Babylonian clay tablet is the world’s oldest and most accurate trigonometric table.


To address the high demand for data scientists who can make discoveries and gain insights through the analysis of complex information, UNSW has launched a Bachelor of Data Science and Decisions.


UNSW Professor Fedor Sukochev is one of three UNSW scientists elected to the Australian Academy of Science. Sukochev, Professor of Pure Mathematics with UNSW’s School of Mathematics and Statistics, is a world leader in the use of algebraic approaches to solve complex analytic problems.


Complex human brain activity is governed by the same simple universal rule of nature that explains other phenomena such as the beautiful sound of a finely crafted violin or the spots on a leopard, UNSW scientists have found.

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The percentage of students taking intermediate or advanced mathematics at school has declined significantly. Why is this happening and why does it matter? asks Chris Tisdale.

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While we know much about the consequences of happiness, much less is known about its causes, let alone how to guarantee its appearance, writes Brock Bastion.


The future of education will be digital, on-demand and mobile, and online mathematics resources could complement classroom teaching and inspire more high school students, writes Dr Chris Tisdell.