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To infinity and beyond... well, nearly! (Keynote address by Associate Professor Helen Chick)

To infinity and beyond... well, nearly!

Have you ever wondered what a billion dollars actually looks like? Or how big infinity is? Or how best to teach students about very large numbers (and why you should bother in the first place)? You are not alone! Associate Professor Helen Chick has been wondering these things too.

Infinity (and very big numbers) can be hard to comprehend. They're also hard to find in the Australian Curriculum - Mathematics. Helen Chick delivered a stellar keynote at the Mathematical Association of Tasmania's Conference this year about the importance of teaching very big numbers and how to go about doing this. MAT is thrilled to offer educators in the north of Tasmania the opportunity to hear Helen’s keynote “To infinity and beyond – well nearly!”. Please note that this is a repeat from the MAT Conference.

Cost per person: $10 (MAT member) or $15 (non-member); groups of 10+ can register for $10 per person if registering in one order.

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Associate Professor Helen Chick

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Helen Chick is well-respected in the Mathematics education community, having led highly successful professional learning across the state and nationally. She has a PhD in Mathematics, is a qualified high school Mathematics teacher and works with pre-service and in-service teachers at the University of Tasmania’s School of Education. Prior to this, she taught for thirteen years at the University of Melbourne. She turns everyday events, such as noticing peculiarities in Google Maps, into opportunities to problem solve with mathematics.

There will be light refreshments served from 3:45pm - 4:05pm in the foyer. Please be seated by 4:10pm. To avoid after-school traffic, please aim to arrive in the auditorium at 3:45pm (or later).

Organiser: Emily Peterson (, MAT Committee Member