Archive for the ‘10 Weird and Wacky Maths Projects’ Category

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1. Cool Maths Video

January 15, 2013

Sometimes the muses look down upon Middle School Maths teachers and say ‘Gadzooks! …

…. those courageous purveyors of The mathematiques need a little help.

Shazam!’

one direction

And here it is.

ONE Direction … who Mathspig foolishly kept calling ONe Dimesnsion in a talk to 14 year olds last year … AHHHH!!!

Getting confused over rock star names is just, soooooo pathetic, like mum and dad.

But do One Direction know their maths? What do you think? Does this video make sense?

Or are they just number Tragics?

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Weird Maths Activity

Play the video at the beginning of the class. Set the days work. Then at the end of the class, students have to sing their answers … clicking their fingers … One Direction style ….

One Direction Math Joke:

one direction in math

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2. MoMaths: Manhattan’s Museum of Mathematics

January 15, 2013

Mathspig is excited. O wonder. O rapture. O Mathematical magic.

A museum of mathematics has just opened in New York, on Manhattan no less.

George Hart with his math art and students at MOMATH

George Hart with his math art and students at MOMATH

Here is a quote from New Scientist:  New Scientist 10 Dec 2012

The founders of the Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) know they have a fight on their hands, given the pervasive idea that the subject is boring, hard and scary. But they are determined to give mathematics a makeover, with exhibits that express an unselfconscious, giddy joy in exploring the world of numbers and forms.

“We want to show a different side of mathematics,” says museum co-founder Cindy Lawrence. “Our goal is to get kids excited, and show them the math they’re doing in school is just one tree in a whole huge forest.”

It looks like fun, fun, fun.

Mathspig will go all the way from Australia later in the year just to wallow mathspiggy-style in all this fun maths.

2 menger sponge momaths

Menger Sponge Cycle

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View Inside MOMATH math museum NY

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Having fun at MOMATH

Weird Math ACTIVITY

Here is a link to a PDF file of some fantastic shapes that fold two ways like TRANSFORMERS.

You can make these fantastic shapes by Joseph O’Rouke, Olin Professor of Computer Science @ Smith College MA if you go here.

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If you really are curious as to what research mathematicans do, go here. It’s really interesting stuff.

SNACK TIME

While you are in the cafe you better do something mathsy. Here is the way to cut a bagel for the maximum spread of cream cheese.

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How to maximise cream cheese spread.

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3. Yes! They’ll All Stare at Your Mathematical Hair

January 15, 2013

Maths teachers are often accused of having the dress sense of a circus elephant and the hairstyles of a geriatric orangutan.

Is this fair? You decide. Here are some maths teacher haircuts from the archives.

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However there are maths teachers and mathematicians out there who will take one for the cause. Here are two noble maths devotees.

 

How dedicated are maths teachers?????

Or, a more relevant question could be how insane are maths teachers?

1. Nick Sayers

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Makezine Math Monday

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2. David Whitfield, Math Teacher, Parkrose High School

3 Parkrose HS Math teacher DAvid Whitfield

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3. You should be scared Mathspiggies.

Very, very scared.

What happens if you don’t do you maths homework?

Cruel and unusual punishment:

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You vill be punished. You vill pay for the error of you vays. Evil laugh.

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Weird Maths Activity

How long would it take for your hair to grow as tall as you??? Assuming your hair can grow that long.

You’ll find all you need to know here:

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Jedward Hair

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4. Wow! Maths You Can Wear if You Dare!

January 15, 2013

1. Math Homework Dress

Here is something you may not have thought to do with your maths homework.

17-year-old Kara Koskowich spent months putting a dress together to wear to her graduation using only her old math homework.

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1.1 Kara Koskowich math dress

She used 75 pieces of paper altogether, and says that she finished the design the night before.

 

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2. Knit Your Own Brain Hat

Go to Xah’s Math Blog for details.

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3. Maths Hats

Cool Surfer dude maths baseball cap

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You can make your own maths hat like students at  Crookham Junior School, who seem to possibly be enjoying themselves.

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But there will always be some snotty nosed little nerd who wants to suck up to the teacher.

4.2 math teacher hat

And somewhere some maths teacher will always go a mathematical step too far.

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4. Knit Your Own Pi Socks

The Infinite Pi Sox

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And if you can’t be bothered knitting there are plenty of maths sox out there just waiting for you to pop on your mathspiggy toes.

5.1 math socks 2 bethomedecoratiors.com

 

And if you should lose one of your maths socks sock you can work out what’s going on with the lost sock equation:

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5. Tasteful Math Stuff

Oh! Yes! There are maths teachers out there with fashion sense. Somewhere. It’s highly probable. Surely.

For those stylish maths teachers we have

maths jewellery

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math teacher earrings

Math Teacher Earrings;

It’s a SINE. It’s A SINE.

Alright we give up on the stylish maths teacher post. Here is a cool maths teacher or nerd tie:

8 math zombie fighter tie

Math Teacher: I fight Zombies in My Spare Time

9 way too smart math hat

And way too smart nerd hat

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Weird Maths Activity

When students finish their maths in class set them the task of suing their maths sheet to make a ‘lovely’ maths hat.

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Give prizes to the weirdest effort!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OR, bring in some old white sox and make some MATHS Sox with black marker!!!!

Lovely!!!!!!

 

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5. ARty Maths

January 15, 2013

Wow! Wow! Mathspiggies there is so much maths art it is mind bog-alog-alogaling.

So here are some examples and links to fab maths art plus a link to a fab MOMATH math art project with playing cards and more.

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3D- hilbert curve

Here is a 2D Hilbert Curve

2D HIlbert Curve

2D HIlbert Curve

 

Here is a dot graph you can use to draw a 2D Hilbert Curve.

2 dot graph paper

Any graph paper will do.

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Here is a 3D Hilbert Curve you can build yourself. with plumbing supplies.

ore information @ Makezine.

 

2What do mathematicians do when they get together?

Well, apparently they knit. That is according to the mathematical knitting network

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Seirpinski Shawl by Jake Wildstrom

Seirpinski Shawl by Jake Wildstrom

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Here is an awesome crochet fractal pattern.

3 Daina Taimina is Assoc Prof Maths at Cornell Uni.

 

Here crochet work especially of coral reefs is stunning. If you get a bit tangled knitting a scarf, you will appreciate these 3D sculptures.

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8.1 daina Taimna's crocheted hyperbolic plane

4 George Hart is a 3D math artist.

Here are just some of the works he created for the opening dinner at MOMATH NY in December 2012.

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You will find more of George Hart’s amaaaaaazing sculptures here.

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Weird Math Activity

George hart 12 card star

3D Maths Art Project:

Here are the instructions from George Hart on the MOMATH website so you too make your very own 12 Star Card Puzzle/Sculpture below.

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6. Mass Murderer or Maths Teacher?

January 15, 2013

Just to remind maths teachers to smile once in a while and in a NICE way, here are 12 pictures* : half are seriel killlers and the other half maths teachers.

But which are which?

What’s the probability of getting ALL answers correct?

Yes! 50%

Weird Maths Activity

Mass Murderer or Maths Teacher?

You choose!!!

Subject A

Subject A

 

Subject B

Subject B

 

Subject C

Subject C

 

Subject D

Subject D

 

Subject E

Subject E

 

Subject F

Subject F

 

Subject G

Subject G

 

Subject H

Subject H

 

Subject I

Subject I

 

Subject J

Subject J

Subject K

Subject K

 

Subject L

Subject L

 

This is a maths teacher,However, you might understand why students suspect he falls in the other category!!!!!!

This is a maths teacher,
However, you might understand why students suspect he falls in the other category!!!!!!

ANSWERS:

A. Teacher, B. Teacher, C. Jeffery Dahmer, D. Teacher, EDr Harold Shipman, F. Charles Manson, G. Albert Fish, H. Joseph Harwell, I. Teacher, J. Teacher, K. Teacher.

 

*All the teacher photos come from education archives but will be removed on request.

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7. Cool Maths Stuff

January 15, 2013

Maths rocks, right?

math handbag

So mathspiggies here is some really cooooool maths stuff.

funny girl graph

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1. Cool Math Jeans for Girls

by Australian designer Perrin Linn.

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1.2 The Math Jeans by Peren Linn

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2. Cool bag

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3. Cool iPhone cover

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4. Cool Poster

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5. Cool Math Stamp

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Weird Maths Activity

Really, Really Cool Paper Plane from NASA

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