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Counting caterpillars

Maths Jam Conference 2018 (17/11/2018).

We bought a new toy for our three-year-old, a robot caterpillar. On its packaging, this promised its pieces could be arranged into "endless combinations". Of course, I had to investigate a more sensible number! And it proved to be not a completely straightforward combinatorics problem.

I teach mathematics at Sheffield Hallam University and am a researcher focused on higher education mathematics educational practice. Find out more about Peter Rowlett. This website also houses lists of my publications and talks I have given.





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