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Archive for January, 2014

16 yr old math student solves 350 yr old problem

January31

From IndiaTVnews, May 26: Shouryya Ray, a 16-year-old Kolkata boy who came to Germany without any knowledge of German, has managed to solve two fundamental particle dynamics theories which physicists have previously been able to calculate only by using powerful computers. Shouryya currently in Dresden has cracked a 350-year-old maths problem set by Sir Isaac Newton. His […]

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Infinite Series

January29

An infinite number of mathematicians walk into a restaurant. The first one orders a soda. The second one orders half a soda. The third, a quarter of a soda, etc. The waitress says, “You’re all idiots”, and pours out two full sodas!

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Doodling leads to math discoveries

January28

Click on the Fibonacci tag below for more information on this great math subject.

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Mathematics abounds in The Simpsons

January27
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Who uses math the most in the workforce?

January25

A recent USA study of over 2000 workers by sociologist Michael Handel found most workers in the United States weren’t actually doing very much complicated maths at all. The study revealed that high-skilled blue-collar workers, such as those in construction trades and mechanics, were actually the highest daily users of maths, while those in lower paid white […]

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Statistical Measuring Question…

January24

You’ve got an audience of 350 people. They’ve just heard two poems recited on stage. You want to know which one they like best. How do you do it, assuming that you need the voting result within a few minutes? After giving this problem a go yourself (or in your class group) check out some […]

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Sine Method used to measure tallest tree

January23

Scientists recently measured the tallest tree in New Zealand at just over 81 metres. How did they do this? Using lasers and the Sine method – that is, the Sine of the angle formed by the lasers gave the height/hypotenuse. Read more here. (Note: This image is not of the tallest tree but gives some […]

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Can you handle a bit of pizza?

January22

In this online test you are required to interpret Pie Graphs. See how you do. The pizza was photographed by H3 in Italy in the city of Florence.

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The Art of Rectangular Pyramids

January15

Ah…The Louvre – perhaps the world’s most famous museum and an iconic, classical building which is noted for its modernistic entry which uses pyramids to contrast its surroundings. (H3 was taken aback by the beauty of this entry and the way in which it differed so much to the style of the French buildings and […]

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New learning materials for Math Students

January12

The Salt Lake Tribune newspaper recently announced a new mathematical initiative to help students and teachers in Years 7 and 8, with further development in High School Mathematics. In this instance, Utah Middle School Math is not a traditional hardbound textbook. Rather, it is a series of “chapters” that can be downloaded, free of charge, by […]

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