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March 31, 2014

Travel Pig 2

Helloooooo Sweat Peas,

Did you know the world is just covered in mathsy place names? There are streets, Boulevards, roads, lanes and ways all boasting mathsy names. 

So this week Mathspig just has to ask: 

What place boasts the most mathematical street names in the world?

And this week don’t forget the yummy Easter Egg maths.

How to plot an Easter Egg Graph

How to calculate the amount of sugar in an Easter Egg

Did I hear the word .. CHOCOLATE?  Gotta run ………………………………………

Bye-de-bye

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Mathspig

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THE SPEECH MathsPig MathsPig MathsPig MathsPig MathsPig MathsPig MathsPig MathsPig MathsPig MathsPig MathsPig MathsPig MathsPig MathsPig MathsPig MathsPig MathsPig MathsPig MathsPig ……………………. with Kerry Cue

February 28, 2014

Hello My Mathematical Friends,

Official Seal of MATHSPIG The President of the United States of Mathematics

Official Seal of MATHSPIG
The President of the
United States of Mathematics

The Gettysburg Address, Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ Speech and Winston Churchill’s ‘We shall fight on the beaches … we shall fight in the fields and in the streets … we shall never surrender’ speech were speeches that inspired millions in difficult times.

Maths needs an inspiring speech.

Why?

Because today too many kids do maths like this:

They sit in front of a computer. They answer questions on a program as if they’re shooting at a target. They don’t care about the maths. They just want to know their score. All very entertaining … but they’re not working their brains. They do not think.

Many do not know their tables even in Year 7.

Maths has turned into a guessing game. And they struggle with it.

Here is the comic take on the problem: Hugo Does His Homework, sort of.

But there is a serious side.

Maths needs an inspiring speech. So listen up Middle School students. Here it is:

220 MATHSPIG THE SPEECH 2

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Take Care

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Mathspig

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January 23, 2014

Sochi Olympic Mathspig

Hellooooooooo Chilly Chubblies,

Here is some simply fab maths for the Sochi Winter Olympics. You don’t have to jump off a ski ramp to work out what’s going on … just do the chilly maths. 

1. The Real REASON why figure skaters can spin so fast

2. One Rule Aerial Skiers Cannot Break

3. How maths rules ski jumping

4. Why the best figure skater doesn’t always win

5. Beaten by 0.001 seconds

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Bye-de-bye

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Mathspig

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January 15, 2014

Mathspig Daily Express 2

Hellooooooooo My Little Butterflies,

Even if, like Muhammad Ali, you can move like a butterfly and sting like a bee, evidence shows that being hit in the head can cause brain damage and/or kill you. (Ban boxing – it’s demeaning and dangerous, New Scientist, 12 Aug, 2013)

Don’t get into a fight about this issue. Just do the maths. It’s a no brainer!

It’s a Knuckle Breaker KNUCKLE HEAD!

Toodles

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Mathspig

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January 6, 2014

mathspig 2014 new year

Hellooooooooo My Sweeties,

Last year was a yummy year. Mathspig statistics … Mathspig lervs statistics show:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 170,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 7 days for that many people to see it.

But some think you don’t need maths. This makes Mathspig soooooooo mad. Here is what she has to say, Sweeties:

3 Don’t-Mess-with-Mama Reasons Why You Need Maths today

Bye-de-bye

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Mathspig

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December 13, 2013

Christmas Mathspig 2

Helloooo My Lovelies,

Get ready to sing-a-long.

Here it is a Christmas Maths Song: 

12 Days of Kris-maths

On the 12th day of Kris-maths

my maths class gave to me:

12 Quad soln

12 Proofs a proving

11 Bar-Graph-Tee

11 Bar Graphs plotting

10 Washi Tape by InTheClear

 

10 Factors finding

9 surds a sorting

 

9 Surds a sorting

midpoint mug

8 Midpoints Marking

Merry Christmas Maths

7 Powers adding

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6 Curves a graphing

5 Golden Rules

5 Golden Rules

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4 Perfect squares

3 Cube root

3 Cube roots

2 Stop Sine

2 Sine Curves

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and gifts wrapped in a fractal tree

 

 

Happy Kris-maths

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Bye-de-bye

Mathspig

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November 7, 2013

Harry Potter Maths Pig

Hellooooooooo Mathpiggies,

Some schools teach maths as if it was a dead language like Latin.

Maths is great. Maths is useful. Maths is vital. Maths is fun.

But maths needs good PR. Tell students just how amazing maths can be. Everyday.

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We’re counting down the:

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10 Totally Awesome Reasons Why You Should Do Maths

With maths you can://////////////////////////////////////

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1. Design a Monster Duck///////////////////////////////

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2. Make a 3D Mini Me////////////////////////////////////

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3. Find a Ghost Ship////////////////////////////////////

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4. Build a Creepy Crabmobile////////////////////////

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5. Make Lotsa D’Oh!

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6. Clean Up Mega Messes////////////////////////////

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7. Produce Amazing Architecture

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8. Create Awesome CGI for Harry Potter Films

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9. Rethink the Hotelicopter

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10. Design Cool Techno Stuff

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Cheerio

Mathspig

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August 6, 2013

mathspig world 2

Hellooooooooo Sweat Peas,

If you counted @ the rate of 1 number per second …. That’s 7 Billion seconds 

or (rounding off) 117,000,000 mins

or 1,944,000 hrs

or 81,000 days

or 221 years !!!!

Oooooooo! But this is sloooooow counting. 

How fast can you count?

You’ll find an online stop watch here.

Time yourself counting to 60. This will give you your count rate (60/time = rate nos. per sec)

Now you can calculate how long it would take YOU to count to 7 Billion.

Who is the fastest counter in your maths class?

More population maths follows.

Bye-de-bye

Mathspig

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Can You Die Laughing, Sir?

May 4, 2012


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The.skeptics acknowledge two recorded cases of death by laughing. On 24 March 1975, Alex Mitchell, a 50-year-old bricklayer from King’s Lynn, England, died laughing while watching the “Kung Fu Kapers” episode of The Goodies, featuring a kilt-clad Scotsman with his bagpipes battling “Ecky Thump”, who was armed with a black pudding

and

Damnoen Saen-um, a Thai ice cream salesman, is reported to have died in 2003 while laughing in his sleep at the age of 52.

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Wikipedia claims one American died in 2012 from laughing. This claim cannot be confirmed.

 Even if one case was reported look at the odds or probability:

Die Laughing : 1 in 7,000,000,000 for the World

or 1 in 310,000,000 in the USA.

This is a much lower probability according to Oddee than dying in the USA from:

Roller Coasters

1 in 77.5 million

Vending Machines

1 in 24 million

 Falling out of bed

1 in 690,000

Texting while driving

1 in 62,000

Meanwhile LiveScience puts the probability of dying in the States from:

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Legal Execution*

1-in-58,618

Tornado

1-in-60,000

Lightning Strike

1-in-83,930

Snake, Bee or other Venomous Bite or Sting

1-in-100,000

Earthquake

1-in-131,890

Heart Disease*

1-in-457

* According to Time Magazine . More scary stats @ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Note Mathspigs: Reading statistics requires brains. The probability of you dying from legal execution is ZERO if you have not murdered anyone. The probability of dying from a Vending Machine is almost ZERO if you never go near one. One could, of course, fall of the back off the back of a truck. The probability of dying from heart disease is very low at 12 years of age.

Death by Maths:

Here is the exercise my pretties.

Put these statistics into a bar graph.  The exercise is really looking at GRAPH SCALES because once you put in Heart Disease everything else almost disappears off the graph.

Here is a graph from Chartgo:

Death by lightning strike occurs 1-in-83,930. Now we will convert this to No. Deaths per 100,000.

No. Deaths per 100,00 = 100,000/83,930 = 1.2

Cause of Death US

No. Death per100,000
A. laughing 0.0003
B. roller coaster 0.001
C. vending machine 0.004
D. falling out of bed 0.14
E. texting driving 1.6
F. legal execution 1.7
G. tornado 1.7
H. lightning 1.2
I. snake, bee sting 1.0
J. earthquake

0.8

K. heart disease 218

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Ball Park Figures or Brad Pitt Does Maths

November 21, 2011


MONEYBALL is a film starring Brad Pitt and  Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jonah HIll on current release in Australia. It is based on the true story of Oakland A’s Baseball team manager, Billy Beane (Pitt), who along with Ivy League Economics graduate and Uber Maths Nerd Peter Brand (Hill) used player stats to save the Oakland A’s baseball team in 2002. 

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Not only does Billy Beane have to deal with enormous budget restraints ( Oakland A’s budget was $4o million compared with the Yankee’s $125 million), he showed that the statistics were more effective than experience ie. the  stats BEAT the club selector’s know-how.

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Mathspig, who played softball in Australia – bigger ball, similar rules – saw the film and lerved the maths. Basically, Billy Beane bought up players with one particular skill – holding first base, stealing bases and the like – thus boosting the overall stats for the team. But Mathspig found some of the calculations weird.

This equation is called the Pythagorean Expectation. The wha? Mathspig is sooooo confused.

WHAT’S GOING ON?

Mathpig went searching for an expert opinion and found it at MATHS GOES POP, an awesome blog linking maths with pop culture and written by a mathematics PhD student at UCLA.

Mathspig won’t give a spoiler for the film, but found the maths is BASEBALL MATHS. It’s a formula used for baseball only and named after Pythagoras because it sorta looks – chew gum here and try a Brad Pitt drawl- like the Theorem of that Greek Math Guy. You do not need to use this EQUATION unless, perhaps, you are going to coach the New York Yankees.

Even IF YOU DO COACH THE NEW YORK YANKEES this equation, doesn’t give you that much information.  We will fix ‘runs allowed’. OK. If ‘runs scored’ is high Win is high; it ‘runs scored’ is low Win is low. Um, this means SCORING RUNS is GOOD. Yeah! We knew that without the maths.

If you are interested in the maths, have a look at MONEYBALL MATH on the Math Goes Pop blog otherwise just keep eating your popcorn and enjoy the film.


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