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November 7, 2014


Mathspig Volcano

Hello My Cherubs,

This week we are survivors. Sort of.

Lava flowing from the Kilauea volcano is threatening tiny town of Pahoa in Hawaii.

Can you out run a lava Flow? You have to do the maths.

Volcano Survivor 1: Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii, 2014

Volcano Survivor 2: Mauna Loa Volcano, Hawaii, 1950

Volcano Survivor 3: Mount Unzen, Japan, 1991.

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On your bike

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Cheerio

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Mathspig

 

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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!

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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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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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July 31, 2014

Mathspig Politicans maths

Hellooooooooo Sweeties,

Mathspig is always bemused that politicians (all shades), who struggle with maths of the economy, taxes and even their own expense accounts, suddenly become experts on how to teach maths.

Back to Basics is the current catch cry of politicians around the world … to win votes, of course. But what does it mean?:

Back to the 1950s?

With class sizes of 50, student reports stating ‘Margret was 33rd in the grade’ and the ‘strap’ waiting at the ready in the teacher’s desk draw.

Back to the 1960s?

When maths wasn’t taught to girls. (In Year 8 Mathspig went to a convent. The nuns only taught arithmetic.)

Back to the 1970s?

When the school curriculum was seen by some to be class-based patriarchal propaganda. Some schools stopped scoring football games to prevent the elitist paradigm spreading.

Today?

For some Back to Basics means Direct Instruction: a rigid, repetitious form of maths instruction when maths can be so much more. See Beware Maths Fundamentalists

Mathspigs Mission:

To make maths interesting, relevant and fun.

Here are some examples:

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The Curious Nature of Drummers’ Brains

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% and LINEAR GRAPH:………………………………………

Hunger Games: How long does it take to bleed to death?

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PARABOLIC EQN:………………………………………………….

Hunger Games:  How much an arrow drops in 100m?

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GEOMETRY:………………………………………………………..

The raising of the Concordia

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PYTHAGORUS:…………………………………………………….

How Radar Works and the Search for a Ghost Ship

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Cheerio

Mathspig

 

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June 30, 2014

Mathspig Outdoor Activities

Hellooooooooo My Little Wallaroos,

Mathspig has been reading The Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv.  He describes school today as a form of ‘passive incarceration’. Too many children live their life indoors exposed to the ‘one-way experience of television and other electronic media’. Many rarely, or never, experience nature or just digging for worms in the garden. And sometimes nature is just around the corner. 

Mathspig lives 10 km from the CBD in Melbourne, Australia. Aussies often joke about riding kangaroos to school or warn of Drop Bears (Koalas that kill tourists dropping from trees). It’s our Aussie sense of humour. Those jokes almost seemed real when these kangaroos turned up by the Yarra river below Mathspig’s house recently. They’re wild roos. I saw them at 9am one Sunday looking at all the joggers, dog-walkers and cyclists on the nearby bike track. They didn’t seem worried. Awesome. Or, maybe, roo-some.

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So outdoors we go, mathpiggeies, to embrace nature and have some grand maths adventures:

Outdoor Maths Adventures: Grade 3 – 5

Outdoor Maths Adventures: Middle School

And don’t forget some Geometry Jokes.

Other outdoor maths adventures on this blog:

The shop is 50 Smoots on your left

Why not invent a new unit of length, make a string in, say, Smoots, and go outside and measure parts of the school.

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Hoo Roo

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Mathspig

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May 29, 2014

 

Mathspig Death by Chocolate herculanum

Hellooooooooo My Little Sweetpeas,

Put it down. Step back from the ch0colate box. Did you know chocolate can kill you? And it takes less than you think. Stop chewing and read on:

Death by Chocolate: The Maths

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How to kill your teacher with kindness! Do the maths.

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Death by Chocolate for DOGS

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Death by Chocolate for CATS

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 While we’re looking at spooky DEATH Statistics check out these posts:

 We’re All Gonna Die

or Why Death Rates are Over-Rated!

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A Comic Look at Death Statistics

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Can you die laughing?

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 Maybe, won’t die. Maybe, you will become a ZOMIE. No worries, we have that covered too.

Zombie Maths

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Bye-de-bye and watch your step

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Mathspig

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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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