Author Archives: A Maths Teacher

A tough question

A student asked me a difficult question the other day. I’m normally pretty confident with my subject knowledge, and am rarely stumped when quizzed out of the blue. Sometimes a tricky question from Further Maths, or a more esoteric A level problem may leave me scratching my head for a minute or two. Worst case […]

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Deaths due to terrorism in the UK

I came across the graph above and I was immediately struck by the stories it tells by forcing you, the reader, to ask the obvious questions. Clearly something happened in the 1990’s. The peace process was begun in Northern Ireland, culminating in the Good Friday Agreement of 1998. Surely this graph alone is enough to […]

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The Aeroplane Seating Problem

As ever, the publication last week of A level results, and the imminent release of GCSE results later this week, signal the beginning of the end of the wonderful long summer holidays. I hope you’ve had a fantastic time and, possibly, enjoyed the delights of foreign travel. If you did, I doubt you flew with […]

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Were the refs more lenient on the hosts in Russia 2018?

We may be on the eve of the new domestic football season, but before we consign the World Cup, Russia 2018, to history, I just want to share this plot with you. It compares the fouls committed per game by a team, and the number of yellow cards received. By eye, there does appear to […]

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Saints or Sinners?

The football may be over, but the fun never stops! There is plenty of data on the recent Russia 2018 World Cup to be found on the Official Fifa site Using their statistics, I have compared the number of fouls committed versus the number of fouls suffered and plotted the scatter graph above. ¬†Fouls committed […]

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