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FemMath – where fewer run away!

June3

Recent research has shown than people are slightly less likely to flee an oncoming storm with a feminine name than a masculine one. Researchers found that hurricanes with feminine names turn out to be deadlier than their more macho-sounding counterparts, possibly because the feminine names sound less dangerous. For example, the two deadliest storms to […]

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Iditarod Activity Sheet for Middle School

February28

I have included an activity sheet for Year 8 or 9 students to help them take a mathematical interest in the Iditarod Race, and also use Excel to sort and graph the mushers. Click on or download Using the Iditarod Race as a Teaching Tool in Mathematics.  

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Does Gender Make a Difference in Maths?

January30

An often debated topic in casual conversation goes something like, “I can’t do maths ’cause I’m a girl.” Here is some recent research that debunks this theory and places the blame on much simpler factors. Check out this article from Science Daily:

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NCEA Level 2 Algebra Problem. Using the information given, the shaded area = 9, that is:
y(y-8) = 9 –> y.y – 8y – 9 =0
–> (y-9)(y+1) = 0, therefore y = 9 (can’t have a distance of – 1 for the other solution for y)
Using the top and bottom of the rectangle,
x = (y-8)(y+2) = (9-8)(9+2) = 11
but, the left side = (x-4) = 11-4 = 7, but rhs = y+? = 9+?, which is greater than the value of the opp. side??
[I think that the left had side was a mistake and should have read (x+4)?]

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