Category Archives: Shape and space

Wales, Boulders and car parking spaces

In a couple of recent blog posts I have written about unconventional units – such as boulders to measure mass or volume, ¬†and football pitches and Wales to measure area. I’m delighted to report another use of an unconventional measure, and this time from the esteemed body that is the ¬†Office for National Statistics. In […]

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A large boulder …

In this post I wrote about using unconventional units of measurement, such as using football pitches or Wales to measure area, or Double Decker Buses for height & volume, the blue whale for mass etc. But, crucially, I omitted a vital measure of volume: the small boulder. In, perhaps, the best tweet of the day, […]

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Shadows

A street in Bath paved with octagonal shadows. Look up to see the reason why: Mix sunshine and an art installation and it all adds up to maths!

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It’s a sin …

Monday morning. January. And its raining. Year 10 Trigonometry. I can get them to work out the missing angle or calculate the size of the hypotenuse. But can I get them to pronounce “sin” properly, as in “sign”? Nope. Class question and answer sessions end up sounding like something from the Spanish Inquisition: Its sin, […]

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An Infinity of Chocolate

I’m off to buy myself a bar!

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