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An ancient tablet that demonstrates undoubted genius

August25

For nearly 100 years, the mysterious tablet above (no, it’s not an iPad) has been referred to as Plimpton 322. It was first discovered in Iraq in the early 1900s by Edgar Banks, the American archaeologist on which the character Indiana Jones is thought to have been largely based. Now researchers from the University of […]

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The solutions are in the manual!

July7

Some time ago, H3 picked up a repair manual used by the Army when working on vehicles that had broken down. We expected a complex, technical manual but were really surprised at the simple layout. For example, when faced with a vehicle that won’t start, there are just two possible faults – no fuel or […]

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Sine Method used to measure tallest tree

January23

Scientists recently measured the tallest tree in New Zealand at just over 81 metres. How did they do this? Using lasers and the Sine method – that is, the Sine of the angle formed by the lasers gave the height/hypotenuse. Read more here. (Note: This image is not of the tallest tree but gives some […]

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The Art of Rectangular Pyramids

January15

Ah…The Louvre – perhaps the world’s most famous museum and an iconic, classical building which is noted for its modernistic entry which uses pyramids to contrast its surroundings. (H3 was taken aback by the beauty of this entry and the way in which it differed so much to the style of the French buildings and […]

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Angles of Depression and Elevation

September13

Angles of Depression and Angles of Elevation both relate to the view from a horizontal line. When someone is depressed they tend to look down and the same is true for an angle of depression – it is an angle looking down from an imaginary horizontal line. In the sketch below, imagine someone in the […]

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Take one tablet a day to become a better mathematician

September7

This is an ancient clay tablet (aka school book) discovered in Babylonia in the second millennium B.C. – some 1000 years before Pythagoras. You will notice that is shows, within the square, an isosceles triangle with a diagonal hypotenuse. The Babylonians understood the relationship between the sides of a right-angled triangle, and, in solving for the hypotenuse, […]

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Touch Mathematics – cool curves

November2

Click here for the simpler Unit Circle of Sine

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