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### Zero Has a New Hero

November16

London (2017): An ancient Indian manuscript, dating back to the third century, has revealed the oldest recorded use of ‘zero’ – pushing back one of the greatest breakthroughs in the history of mathematics back by over 500 years, Oxford scientists say. Bakhshali manuscript was found in 1881, buried in a field in what was then […]

### You can’t build these gates with Lego!

April3

Researchers at Oxford University have set a new speed record for the ‘logic gates’ that form the building blocks of quantum computing – a technology that has  the potential to dwarf the processing power of today’s classical computers. The Oxford team is using a trapped-ion technique to develop its computer, in which logic gates place […]

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### Oxford Entrance Exam Math Q

October12

Q: Imagine a ladder leaning against a vertical wall with its feet on the ground. The middle rung of the ladder has been painted a different colour on the side, so that we can see it when we look at the ladder from the side on. What shape does that middle rung trace out as […]

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July12

Hundreds of the UK’s poorest bright teenagers are to be given scholarships to attend Oxford after the university was handed a £75 million donation by a former student – former journalist Michael Moritz and his novelist wife Harriet Heyman. It comes as tuition fees in England are tripled to a maximum of £9,000 per year, and […]

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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)?]