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Math is about solving problems!

July18

There is a dilemma in Mathematics – the pressure to get students through coursework versus the joy of problem-solving and mathematical investigation. As sure as one plus one equals two, it happens year after year. Kids who have been bringing home A’s in chemistry and acing AP Calculus arrive at college with visions of STEM […]

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Math Olympiad Question goes viral

April14

It is quite heart-warming when a Math Olympiad question goes viral. After all, when was the last time you can remember this happening? Exactly! This problem was set for 14-year-olds in the Singapore and Asean Schools Math Olympiads (SASMO): And below is the true ‘solution’, courtesy of a debate on Singapore’s Study Room (“a Singapore-based […]

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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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