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Archive for October, 2017

Do I have to be good at Spatial Reasoning to be good at Math?

October31

“There is much, much more to mathematics than “spatial reasoning“: I am a research mathematician with some kind of international reputation, but my inherent spatial reasoning abilities are no better than average. I bought a bookcase a few months ago, but delayed assembling it and seem to have lost the instructions: without them, I think […]

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From Poetry to Mathematics

October29

“When you teach, you do something useful. When you do research, most days you don’t.” This comment, by June Huh, explains his passion to teach others and probably explains why your own teacher loves their job too! Huh is a member of the rarefied Institute for Advanced Study, which lies adjacent to Princeton’s campus. As […]

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Fast way to learn your tables

October28

In every math classroom there are some students who have struggled or are struggling to learn their multiplication tables. Even with phones handy, printed tables on card, and calculators the ability to quickly rehash basic multiplication facts fast is a great asset. Knowing your tables is, in our humble opinion, a confidence cornerstone for all […]

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The Matrix was a mashup of…sushi!

October27

Yes, you probably read about it here last, but 20 years ago (ask your parents) the film The Matrix featured scrolling green ‘code’ which turned out to simply be sushi recipes! If you read Japanese and look closely you’ll be able to see it’s a jumble of characters: hiragana, katakana, and kanji. The production designer, […]

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The 10958 Problem or Fun with Integers

October26

The 10,958 Problem from NumberPhile

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Crazy Classroom Mathematics

October24
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Test your rounding skills – only 10% pass this test!

October24

click on the image to play – there are 10 questions in total

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A Brilliant Young Mind

October14

Maths at the Movies – A Brilliant Young Mind ~A socially awkward teenage math prodigy finds new confidence and new friendships when he lands a spot on the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad~

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Paradox – an absurd truth

October13

By definition, a Paradox is an absurd statement which may prove to be true. The amazingly impossible designs of the artist Escher are excellent examples and his work is shown in the sculpture above. Mathematics is one large system of logic – a kind of universal language that transcends individual civilizations and specific languages. As […]

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Trick Math Question Upsets Beethoven

October13

Frustrated maths fans were recently seething at a puzzling question. The trick question about Beethoven’s 9th Symphony was trending on Twitter after an alarmed person posted it. “An orchestra of 120 players takes 40 minutes to play Beethoven’s 9th symphony,” the question goes. “How long would it take for 60 players to play the symphony?” […]

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