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Archive for January, 2012

Numbers for Exploration and Curiosity

January31

Yes, numbers! Mathematics is a language, just like English, Chinese and Spanish – but, it is the language of numbers! I came across this interesting set of numbers released by NASA for their latest mobile space lab which is set to touch down on Mars next August. Click on the Mars Curiosity Rover to learn […]

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So Now it’s Your Turn!

January31

Time for some work. On a blank piece of paper rule a line somewhere. Now put a dot anywhere on the page too (or see LocusTask1 done for you). Your task is to draw a set of points (locus) that is the same distance (in a direct line) from the point and the ruled line. What shape […]

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Mapping the Loci of Human Occupation

January31

In geometry, a locus (Latin for “place”, plural loci) is a collection of points which share a property. For example a circle may be defined as the locus of points that are the same distance from a fixed point (the centre of the circle). A Canadian scientist, Felix Pharand Deschenes, has gone one step further […]

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Mathematics – the Queen of the Sciences

January30

Chad Magers says, “I am a scientist in the research and analysis division of the Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM) program here at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Dahlgren Division. To do my job well I must be able to write software tools for data analysis, model both simple and complex problems using mathematics, […]

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Secrets of a successful maths student – part II

January30

“It was not a good start to my Year 9 maths. I was about middle of the class and struggled with key concepts and was never keen to raise my hand in response to a question from the teacher – do you know the feeling? We had a visiting teachers from somewhere in Australia who […]

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Does Gender Make a Difference in Maths?

January30

An often debated topic in casual conversation goes something like, “I can’t do maths ’cause I’m a girl.” Here is some recent research that debunks this theory and places the blame on much simpler factors. Check out this article from Science Daily:

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Puzzle Time!

January29
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Follow up to Mathematicians at Work

January28

I had the follow up thought to the post below. What kinds of jobs do Mathematicians do? Actually, Mathematics is foundational for most jobs! A good grounding in Mathematics will you in whatever career you enjoy. This website (from the Mathematical Association of America) has a really helpful list of maths-based career profiles and may […]

Mathematics at Work

January28
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Secrets of a successful maths student – part 1

January26

Dr Ben Carson was born in Detroit and brought up by his single mother. When he was young, he was in the bottom of the class. and he struggled in primary school (Grade 1-6), but started to excel in middle school and throughout high school. He graduated with honors from his high school and eventually […]

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