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September 30, 2014

Mathspig hogmobile 2

Hello Babies,

Randall MunroeRandall Munroe is a pro web cartoonist, maths nut and maths guru who answers crazy hypothetical questions using maths. His website is xkcd.

His TED lecture is here.

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Munroe_WHAT_IF_hi-591x768_mediumAnd his book What if? Can be found here.

Here are some of the questions Randall attacks:

When, if ever, will Facebook contain more profiles of dead people than of living ones?

Ans: It could be as early as 2065.

Could you get drunk from drinking a drunk person’s blood?

Ans: Not to be recommended.

At what speed would you have to drive for rain to shatter your windshield?

Ans: Mach 1 or really, really, fast.

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Mathspig loves this crazy maths. Here are some of the hypothetical questions from mathspig:

Can you kill your teacher with chocolate! 

Can you outrun a zombie?

In the REAPING in The Hunger Games Maths what is the chance that a brother and sister are both selected as tributes?

In The TWILIGHT series Edward is an ethical vampire (He only consumes animal blood), but how many Shih tzus would he need a day to stay alive?

Mass Murderer or Maths Teacher?

Don’t forget the Baa Graph Ha! Ha!

baa-graph-1

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And now Mathspig has been cruising in her Hogmobile working out how far a car can travel on human fat. You will find interesting calculations here, here and here.

Ooooooh! I’ve got the munchies. I better go and make some more DIY bio-fuel.

Cheerio

Mathspig 

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1. Who uses more calories to travel 10 km: Mini or Man?

September 30, 2014

man vs mini 1a

Man vs mini 2a

Man vs mini 3a

ENERGY:

In Biodiesel

Consumed walking

In FAT including Human Fat

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2. How far do you have to walk to walk off 1 kg of fat?

September 30, 2014

Man vs mini 4a

ENERGY:

In Biodiesel

Consumed walking

In FAT including Human Fat

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3. How far can a bio-fuel Mini drive on 1 kg of human fat?

September 30, 2014

man vs mini 5b

Of course, in heavy traffic you are burning up the bio-fuel/fat getting nowhere.

Fuel Consumption (F) can plummet, even for the Mini, from 3.4 kg/ 100 km to 6.8 kg/100 km to 8.8 kg/100km. You may as well get out of the car and walk!!

ENERGY:

In Biodiesel

Consumed walking

In FAT including Human Fat

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September 3, 2014

Mathspig psychologist and pig

Hello Little Creatures,…………………………………………

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Here’s the BIG QUESTION:…………………………………

Is our maths teaching too safe?

Does this risk-averse teaching not only make maths boring, but encourage MATHS PHOBIA in children?

Pam Kent, President SAPPA

Pam Kent, President SAPPA

Pam Kent, President of the South Australian Primary Principals Association (SAPPA) writes that ‘risk-averseness looms large’ in teaching today, yet ‘current research strongly supports the notion of risk taking for effective learning’.

This research includes work by Ellen Sandseter, Professor of Early Childhood Education, Queen Maud Uni College, Norway.

Sandseter claims that children are born to take risks and this is how they learn to deal with such things as fear of heights. (See: Can playgrounds be to safe? John, Tierney, New York Times, 18 JUL 2011) If children do not tackle a fear of heights, say, they can develop a phobia.

To tackle Maths Phobia Mathspig has written a list of

42 Maths Things to Do before you are 12…………..

to get them:…………,…………………………………………

*outdoors…………..,…………………………………………

*thinking mathematically in the real world,

and *expose them to higher level maths………………..

Take No 21. Kids get this. As you get further and further away from the candle the sphere gets bigger so the brightness decreases. They don’t have to do the maths. But tell them ‘This is university maths, but very interesting’.

Mathspig No 21

candle intensity

As for No 37: How do you break your teeth playing pool? Well, if you leave your hand on the pool table or lean on the cushion the ball can cannon off the opposite cushion and run back up your arm and smash your teeth. (Ref. Mathspig’s brother)

pool table 2

Cheerio

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Mathspig

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41 Maths things to do before you’re 12

September 1, 2014

Mathspig outdoor play quote

mathspig outdoor-play-app

A growing body of research shows us that outdoor play leads to better physical and mental health, has positive effects on cognitive function and learning, and reduces the incidence of behavioural problems.” Maria Zotti, Nature Play, SA.

Peter Dunstan, Principal Kilkenny PS, SA, writes in SAPPA magazine, Primary Focus, that outdoor play fosters “wonderment, independence and freedom” as well as “social skills, imagination, creativity and problem solving”.

Inspired by SAPPA and NaturePlay, which produced 51 Things to Do before you’re 12 Mathspig has produced her own outdoorsy maths list:

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References:

7. Robin Hood Give us your best shot.

9. You can measure the volume of your lungs by blowing one breath into a balloon and pushing it into a full bucket of water. Measure the overflow.

15: Outdoor Maths: Times Tables

21. Light intensity links. Here and here.

25.  Sound Volume Measurement

36. Killer heels that really kill.

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August 19, 2014

Mathspig sidecar 2

Hellooooooooo Darling,

So who will be my stunt double when they make the film of my exciting maths life. I’m thinking

Miss piggy.

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…Miss Piggy

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babe.

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…Babe

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While I’m deciding you might enjoy some Stuntman Maths as well as Stuntwoman Maths and Stunt pig Maths:

1. STUNTMAN MATHS: Car Stunts

2. STUNTMAN MATHS: Jumping off a Building

3. STUNTMAN MATHS: Motorbike Jump

And if you are a film buff you should check out my 10 Movie Cliches Debunked with Maths posts:

1.You can duck bullets.

 

2.You can out run a fireball.

 

3. You can out run machine gun fire

 

4. If you are involved in a car chase, hijacking, explosion, volcanic eruption or alien invasion, you will not go into shock.

 

5. You can jump out of an airplane that is about to crash and catch the baddie who took the last parachute.

 

6. If the pilot dies the control tower can talk you down.

 

7. You can safely jump from a burning skyscraper/bridge/aircraft into water.

 

8. You can survive any amount of beating in a fight.

 

9. A single match or candle will light a room the size of a football stadium.

 

10 You can out run a lava flow

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Mauw Mauw

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Mathspig

 

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