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Mathematics. Trust me. It’s important in your life

April27

Who uses calculus? You do. Every day. Dr Ron Sandland celebrates the International Year of the Mathematics of Planet Earth. The American writer Jodi Picoult (seen here) was invited to contribute to Dear Me, in which she wrote a letter to her younger 16-year old self. It contains some very warm and witty advice, but […]

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We will remember them…

April25

At the end of last week a group of young students presented their thoughts on Gallipoli at a special school assembly. It was a moving experience. The Gallipoli Campaign in World War I was a valiant, but flawed attempt to bring about victory for the British and allied forces from France, Australia and New Zealand. […]

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More space discovered in Space

April23

Yahoo News reports that “Astronomers say they have discovered a “supervoid” in the universe that is 1.8 billion light years in width. Dr Istvan Szapudi, who led a team of researchers from the University of Hawaii, has labeled it “the largest individual structure ever identified by humanity”. The vast, large space, which is “missing” around […]

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So, who sang these lyrics?

April18

“I’m very well acquainted, too, with matters mathematical, I understand equations, both the simple and quadratical, About binomial theorem I’m teeming with a lot o’ news, With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse.” Answer in the Post Support and a clue below:

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Check Mate for Chess Cheats

April15

A recent news article reported that “a chess grandmaster has been thrown out of an international tournament and faces a 15-year ban after he was caught sneaking to the toilet to check moves on his mobile phone. Gaioz Nigalidze, the current Georgian champion, was expelled from the Dubai Open Chess tournament when he was found […]

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Math Olympiad Question goes viral

April14

It is quite heart-warming when a Math Olympiad question goes viral. After all, when was the last time you can remember this happening? Exactly! This problem was set for 14-year-olds in the Singapore and Asean Schools Math Olympiads (SASMO): And below is the true ‘solution’, courtesy of a debate on Singapore’s Study Room (“a Singapore-based […]

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Learn Math by making mistakes!

April6

It has been a long couple of weeks setting exams, working out solutions and then marking. Of course, given the pressure that we are often under, mistakes do happen – both in the papers and solutions, and in the students’ answers. However, you do need to realise that making these mistakes is a real positive, […]

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