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An Odd bit of Math

December10

ODD and EVEN NUMBERS. The Pythagoreans knew of the distinction between odd and even numbers. The Pythagoreans used the term gnomon for the odd number. A fragment of Philolaus (c. 425 B. C.) says that “numbers are of two special kinds, odd and even, with a third, even-odd, arising from a mixture of the two.” […]

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Trig Ratios Unplugged

May31

Sine, Cosine and Tangent are the three main trigonometric or Trig Ratios. Before we look at these in more detail, where did these strange terms come from? Trigonometric functions were studied by Hipparchus of Nicaea (180–125 BC), Ptolemy of Egypt (90–165 AD), Aryabhata (476–550), Varahamihira, Brahmagupta, Ulugh Beg and others (14th century). The word “sine” […]

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Interactive History of Maths for iPad

July15

IBM and the Eames Office have developed Mind of Modern Mathematics – an app for the iPad. This interactive app details the history of Mathematics. Click on the image for more, including the download:

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The graph on the left (Coronavirus) is for a time period of 30 days, while the one on the right (SARS) is for 8 months! Very poor graphical comparison and hardly relevant, unless it is attempting to downplay the seriousness of the coronavirus?

10 x 9 x 8 + (7 + 6) x 5 x 4 x (3 + 2) x 1 = 2020

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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