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Archive for September, 2015

Creative Mathematics teacher wins award

September22

How does the supply and demand for iPods help students make hypothetical business decisions both graphically and algebraically? And, what does bungy-jumping have to do with Barbie Doll calculations? Meredith Progar won a State-wide teaching award for engaging 9th and 10th-grade Algebra students at North Allegheny Intermediate High School, using such common, everyday illustrations and […]

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The Magic of Number 9 and Coffee!

September10

Does this number 9 seem to be smiling at you? Well perhaps it is! At least it doesn’t look sad and there is a smile in the middle after all. “In eight studies published from 1987 to 2004, prices ending in the magic number nine ($1.99, 49 and so on) boosted sales by 24 per […]

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The best math advice I was ever given

September6

The very best advice I was given when studying Mathematics was by a wise teacher who seemed quite old at the time (since I have grown up he seems much younger). What was that advice you might ask? “This course is going to be really difficult” So, why was this good advice? Because the teacher […]

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Personal H3 Post – 55555

September4

Dear Math Diary, It was the usual dull trip home on a Friday night, with heavy traffic clogging the lanes as commuters (see the “commutative law“) struggled to exit the city center for the weekend. So, what was H3 doing at this time? Why…looking for things mathematical you might ask? No! Actually, H3 was listening […]

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Math tools – learn your calculator!

September1

H3 continues to be amazed how many students have a calculator but have not taken the trouble to learn how to use it, often for simple statistical questions. Ask yourself a couple of questions: 1. Have you a copy (real or downloaded) of the manual for your model of calculator? – if not, then download […]

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