## Archive for December, 2012

### The Mathematics of Christmas

It does seem strange to be sweltering here in summer heat and wanting to have a swim at the beach, while our Northern Hemisphere friends are fighting off cold, winter blasts, and snow. I really enjoyed this blog entry on the Wondrous Mathematics of Winter: “There’s the snowman: the human form given in three spheres. […]

### Formula for a Perfect Holiday

What’s the formula for the perfect holiday? I’d have thought it depends very much on what sort of person you are. But a mathematician, a psychologist and travel experts from online travel agency Expedia.co.nz, reckon they’ve got it sussed for all of us. Based on research from 1000 Australians and 500 New Zealanders about their […]

### How does Santa visit all those homes?

In The Mathematics of Christmas Keith Devlin notes that, “…by traveling east to west, Santa can take advantage of the different time zones, and that gives him 24 hours. Santa can complete the job if he averages 1250 household visits per second. In other words, for […]

### MoMath Opens in New York

Mathematics illuminates the patterns and structures all around us. The dynamic exhibits and programs at the new MoMath Museum stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity, and reveal the wonders of mathematics. The Museum is located at 11 East 26th Street in Manhattan and is open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, seven days a week.

### 125th Anniversary of Srinivasa Ramanujan Celebrated

Coinciding with the 125th birth anniversary of mathematics genius Srinivasa Ramanujan, a math lab was inaugurated at Sri Chaitanya International Olympiad School at Gayathri Nagar on Saturday. Read the full article here.

### Why do some students find Math difficult?

“It’s not yours to reason why, just learn to multiply”. Too often, as students (or even as adults) we simply do our Mathematics by learning a rule, rather than finding out why a certain rule works! Then, when we forget the rule, we give up. That is not good Mathematics (unless we have a great […]

### 10 Biggest Math Mistakes in History

Check out these 10 big math errors from the pages of history. Many are so simple that students are trained to avoid them in class!

### Factorials

The factorial of a number is the product of all the whole numbers, except zero, that are less than or equal to that number. For example, to find the factorial of 7 you would multiply together all the whole numbers, except zero, that are less than or equal to 7. Like this: 7 x 6 x 5 x 4 […]

### 6=3+2+1

Funny how we can see numbers all around us…