Monthly Archives: December 2013

If maths teachers wrote Christmas cracker jokes

If maths teachers wrote Christmas cracker jokes, this is what they would come up with: A gang of decimal figures are on the run.  The police are trying to round them up. “3 ish” – Humble Pi. I failed my GCSE maths in 1995.  25 years later and it hasn’t done me any harm. Why […]

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7 Great Maths reources for teachers, pupils and parents

As a maths teacher, I’m always on the look out for great resources that I can use to help me teach and, more importantly, help my pupils learn.  Here, I’ve put together my pick of seven of the best online resources.  Whether you are a teacher, pupil or parent you should be able to find […]

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11 12 13

Wednesday 11th December 2013 – 11 12 13, a very special day! It can, of course, be written as: n + 10 but it looks so much better as 11 12 13. And, at ten past nine, it’ll be 9:10 11 12 13 You won’t get another day like this for some time – the […]

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The Joy of X

Looking for a Christmas gift for a mathematically minded individual? Or perhaps you are being pestered to provide ‘a list?’ I’m happy to recommend this book: ‘The Joy of X’ by Steven Strogatz which I read, and thoroughly enjoyed, in the summer. As I said on my review of the book on Amazon, its a […]

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Pythagoras Day

Thursday 5th December 2013 – 5 12 13 – is a Pythagoras Day. A Pythagorean triple is a set of 3 integers (whole numbers) a, b & c such that: a2 + b2 = c2 Pythagorean triples can be used to create right angled triangles, like the one above.  You can’t just use any three […]

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