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A Meddlesome Moment at the Fields Medal Awards!

August4

The Fields Medal is the most prestigious award in mathematics, a recognition so esteemed that it is often compared to the Nobel Prize. Every four years, a selection committee chooses two to four mathematicians under the age of 40 to honour for their “existing work and for the promise of future achievement”. Then, at a […]

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$1,000,000 to Solve a Maths Problem

June7

“He dropped out of University, but Texas billionaire D. Andrew Beal has always been fascinated by numbers and the theories behind them. Now Beal, who, with a net worth of $8 billion ranks 43 rd on the Forbes list of U.S. billionaires, is offering a $1 million reward to anyone who can solve a math problem that Beal […]

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Fields Medal Part II

January25

Yes, here is the follow up to the earlier post. Mr Vaughan Jones is an old boy of the school (Auckland Grammar School) in Auckland that I taught at for many years. He was awarded the Fields Medal in 1990 for his amazing work on the Mathematics of Knots. Mr Jones also famously wore a New […]

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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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