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August 15, 2012## Hellooo Mathspigs,…………………………………………………..

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## This week it is fun, fun, fun time with maths.

## Yes, mathspiggies you are about to adventure into:

# The Great Maths Scavenger Hunt.

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## This is ideal for Middle School maths students. The Great Maths Scavenger Hunt is not just about fun. There is a secret agenda. Ooooooh, Yes! We want to show those mathspiggies in year 7, 8 and 9 that maths is used everywhere. So we are sending them on a Mission Not-So-Impossible to look at some odd places maths pops up.

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## The inspiration for the Scavenger Hunt came from The University of Chicago. In the 1970s the unofficial war cry of its football team was:

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# Cosine, secant, tangent, sine

# Three point one four one five nine

# Square root, cube root, BTU,

# Sequence, series, limits too. Rah!

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## Today the University of Chicago has 4 days of mayhem known as Scav, the Scavenger Hunt. (*See The New Yorker, The Hunter Games, Patricia Marx, 2 Jul 2012.)* There are up to 120 teams. All with names. Challenges include anything from finding a Hula Hoop (10 points) to delivering your appendix in a jar (34 pts) to eating your own umbilical cord (one student did. His mum had kept it. Ergh!) to getting a potato to break the sound barrier.

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## In 1999 one challenge was to build a working nuclear breeder reactor (500 pts). A very worried Nuclear Physicist confirmed that two students had built the device using converted Thorium powder from inside vacuum tubes as weapon-grade Uranium!!!

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## Ooooh! Argh! We won’t get sooooo carried away mathspiggies. But the challenge is on.

## So GAME ON, you Scavs.

## See what maths mayhem you can conjure into the universe.

## May the most ingenious mathspiggy win.

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## Mathspig

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