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The aim of this research study is to investigate how undergraduate mathematics can be enhanced through research and how this enriched content can be exploited for the enrichment of academically stronger students.
The study offers a unique blend of mathematical and educational research.
The mathematical research was to expand on the undergraduate mathematics topic of complex numbers.
One of the problems encountered when teaching complex numbers arises from an inability to visualize the complex roots of a polynomial in a convincing manner.
Sibling curves offer an elegant and natural way to represent the zeroes of a polynomial.
By expanding on this work, new and interesting results were obtained, which can be visually demonstrated using technology.
The educational research was to design and implement an enrichment programme, based on the mathematics developed in the first part of the study, for a select group of students and then to investigate their perspective on the enrichment.
A group of first year students was then guided to explore polynomials, complex numbers and ultimately sibling curves.
Their experiences, discoveries and learning curves were captured in this study.
Harry Wiggins was born in Cape Town, South Africa.
He received his B.Sc.
degree, Honours and M.Sc.
degree at the University of Cape Town and his Ph.D.
degree at the University of Pretoria.Harry's interest includes mathematics education, complex numbers, recreational mathematics and olympiads.
His non-mathematical interests include scrabble.
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