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Be a Number Wizz with Scott Flansburg

October24

Where did we get our number system from? Watch Scott Flansburg amaze with his addition skills and be equally transformed as he explains that our number system is based on angles. Yes, Trigonometry is the foundation of Number, or is Number the foundation of Trigonometry? Are you getting confused? Find out more in this video, […]

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Amazing Brain Man

October9

Daniel Tammet was bullied at school and also suffers from autism, etc. Yet, he has been gifted with an amazing ability to manipulate numbers. Check out this video link for an insight into Daniel’s rather different way of thinking mathematically.

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The Human Calculator

March1

Willem (Will) Klein was a Dutch Mathematician who astounded the world with his abilities to do complex calculations in his head. There are many interesting stories about his life – check this one out. Also, click on the image below for a short (3min) youtube video to see him in action. Note that Willem needs […]

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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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