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Archive for October, 2011

May the Force be with You!

October27

As a growing mathematician you will need to get really good at working with formulae. That is, you need to learn how to solve simple equations and use this knowledge to work with formulae. Another way of letting you in to this gently is that it is like you need to know the road rules […]

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Codes and Ciphers

October27

    Scientists announced yesterday that they have used computer translation techniques to decipher a 250 year old, coded manuscript written for a secret society. The manuscript, called The Copiale Cipher, is a beautifully-bound, 105-page, 18th century handwritten from Germany. To view this remarkable document and read of the secrets it unlocked (thanks to some […]

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Die Hard Challenge (from Maths Digest) – Help Zeus and John get 4 gallons of water!

October25

The Script. Simon>¬†On the fountain, there should be 2 jugs, do you see them? A 5 gallon and a 3 gallon. Fill one of the jug with exactly 4 gallons of water and place it on the scale and the timer will stop. You must be precise, one ounce of more or less will result […]

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Maths Digest Recommendation

October18

I highly recommend the Maths Digest resource for schools. Here is an example of the puzzles which really do help students and teachers think about their mathematical world:

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Probably not good probability?

October15
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A Difficult Division Question

October7

I loved this question, posed by Sir Ken Robinson at one of his TED Talks; Is a 3 year old half a 6 year old?  

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how seniors solve 3×9

October7
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Organising Maths Ideas

October4

Here is a great way to help understand the strategies you need to adopt to solve mathematical problems – put them into a mind map, such as bubbl.us Here is an example – looking at the strategy steps for factorising:  

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