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Maths Jam Conference 2010 (13/11/2010).

I propose to show an old puzzle - that of drawing a limited number of straight lines to form a continuous path through every dot in a grid - and discuss students' attempts to solve it. In my experience, students typically approach this problem with so many preconceptions that they define a new problem which cannot be solved.

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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