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My favourite curve

So what is your favourite curve (do you even have a favourite curve? You should!) A contender would be the Normal Distribution curve, above, which encompasses so much of the natural and statistical world. Or perhaps the more humble straight line: y = mx + c gets your vote To simple? Well the quadratic curve […]

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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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Epiphany on a yoga mat

It was shortly after my standing tree pose had inadvertently become a fallen tree, and I lay on my mat, a crumpled collection of arms and legs listening to the calm, soothing words of my Yogi that it happened, that I had my epiphany, my moment of clarity, when I suddenly understood. A mid-week evening […]

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Holy Venn Diagram

Possibly the best Venn Diagram, ever. Two words – absolute genius. Witty, visually appealing but, most importantly, mathematically correct. Sets and Venn Diagrams have been on the IGCSE syllabus for some time, and made it onto the new GCSE syllabus, so we’ve all got to teach them. Project this image onto your whiteboard, sit back […]

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You are the ref

Regular readers will know that, in addition to maths, I like my sport and, as age diminishes my already limited ability, I find myself increasingly taking to pitch to officiate rather than play. Although it is some fifteen years or more since I qualified as a football ref., I have kept myself abreast of the […]

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