## Archive for the ‘MEDIA MATHS’ Category

March 14, 2019

### There is a fab article on the History of calculating pi in the New York Times today.

# Now to THE FUNNY SIDE OF PI DAY

### In Australia we don’t get too carried away with 14 March aka Pi Day aka 3.14.19 because, unlike Americans, we do not write the date as 3/14/19. We prefer 14/3/19.

### No problem.

### Meanwhile Mathspig called her talk for the *International Congress of Mathematical Education 2016* in Hamburg:

### Then odd emails arrived relabelling my talk ‘…….. p-in-your-face funny!’

### I thought it was a typo. Not so! The Germans, the Dutch and other European countries do not call π ‘Pi’, they call it ‘P’ or ‘Pee’ because ‘i’ is pronounced ‘ee’, for instance, in German. So I had called my great international maths talk Pee-in-your-face funny! And the German organising committee seemed happy enough with the title.

### To be diplomatic and to avoid the attracting the wrong type of audience I’ve retitled my talk:

**How many m&ms would kill a 14-year-old? Making middle-school maths real, relevant, deadly serious and ha^2 funny!**

### So Happy **π Day English speakers and now, for a laugh, look at some of our Pi or Pee jokes through the eyes of, say, a German.**

### That’s because of the beer.

### One whole day dedicated to pi.

### It’s epic!

### Mathematicians in love .., awwww!

### So cute or they’re pissed.

………………………………………..

### OK. ‘I 8 sum pi’ but adding the ‘delicous’ makes this weird for a German. D’Oh!

### Very expensive bottle of pi.

### Mmmm! Pecan pi.

### Rabbit Pi must be a problem.

### Dessert wine, maybe?

### That’s, like, every day after a night out on the ‘piss’ as we so delicately call it in Australia.

### You too can have tasty pi. I don’t know how and frankly, I don’t want to know.

Posted in Funny ha^2 Maths, Pi Day Joke **|** Tagged 2019, 3.14, 3rd march, America, crazy, embarrassing, Europe, funny, German, hilarious, joke, Math %, Pi Day, weird **|** 1 Comment »

March 6, 2019

You will find TWILIGHT TV series Math **here**.

Posted in algebra, Exponential Functions, Hollywood Maths, Middle School, Senior School, TV SHOW Maths, Vampire Maths **|** Tagged algebra, challenge, exponential, function, horror, Math, Maths, Middle school, scary, simple, story, TV, Twilight, vampire **|** 2 Comments »

February 14, 2019
**The New York Times (The Perfect Valentine? A math formula 14 FEB 2019) has published an interactive widget from my favourite math website IMAGINARY for Valentine’s Day.**

**Here is the formula:**

**You’ll find IMAGINARY’S interactive LOVE widget HERE.**

Posted in algebra, graphs, MATH NERD LOVE, Middle School, Senior School, Year 9 Mathspig **|** Tagged 3D graph, article, Cupid, Fun, Graph, HEART, Interactive, LOVE, Maths, NERD, New York Times, Valentine's Day, widget **|** Leave a Comment »

January 21, 2019
**My satirical novel on US gun culture, TARGET 91, has just been published by Penmore Press. **

**I became interested in the maths of guns when trying to work out why “****Dirty**” **Harry** Callahan (Clint Eastwood) in the film

**carries ****a Smith & Wesson Model 29, .44 Magnum.**

**What’s this .44?**

# The caliber of guns in the USA is the diameter of the bullet measured in decimalised inches.

# .44 = .44 inch

**Why write satire on such a serious topic?**

**Because HUMOUR HAS THE POWER TO TAKE ILLOGICAL THINKING TO ITS LOGICAL CONCLUSION.**

**TARGET 91 includes illogical and often hilarious thinking on both sides of this debate.**

**More at Penmore Press here.**

**You’ll find TARGET 91 print copy & ebook on AMAZON USA, UK and finally now on AMAZON AUS. **

**Also KOBO, SMASHWORDS and Barnes&Noble NOOK and Apple iBook.**

Posted in Hollywood Maths **|** Tagged action, American, crime detective, culture war, detective noir, dystopian, Gun Culture, humor, humorous novel, Kerry Cue, novel, Penmore Press, satire, suspense, Target 91 **|** Leave a Comment »

January 15, 2019

You will find all the ballistics stats you need** here:**

Posted in 10 Movie Cliches Debunked with Maths, Arithmetic, decimals, Hollywood Maths, Middle School, units length, units speed, Year 9 Mathspig **|** Tagged .40 caliber, ballistics, bullet, calculation, Cliche, duck, gun, gun safety, Math, Middle school, movie, pistol, smith & Wesson, speed, velocity **|** Leave a Comment »

January 14, 2019

In nearly every Action Movie our hero possibly holding hands with his love interest will run and jump ( just in time ) out of the way of explosion. eg. Man on Fire (2004) with Denzel Washington, The Marine (2006) with John Triton, Mad MAX FURY ROAD (2015) with Charlize Theron and Predator 2 (1990) with Danny Glover .

We will use car bomb stats that come from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. (We in Australia can only assume this bureau exists because, um , there are many exploding cigars in America.) You will find these at **Car Bomb Response.**

Posted in 10 Movie Cliches Debunked with Maths, algebra, Decimals, Hollywood Maths, Middle School, units length, units speed **|** Tagged 10 Movie Cliches Debunked with Math, bomb, car, Cliche, explosion, fireball, Mad Max, Math, movie, outrun, Predator, Shock wave, speed, stunt, velocity **|** Leave a Comment »

January 12, 2019

**Mathspig is amazed. She didn’t think there would be any hope of survival. But if the baddies sweep the machine gun tracking you as you run then …. see calcs below.**

**Are you feeling lucky Punk?**

Posted in 10 Movie Cliches Debunked with Maths, angles, arc, arc, Circle C, D and r, Hollywood Maths, Middle School, units speed, Year 7 mathspig, Year 9 Mathspig **|** Tagged Are you feeling lucky, assault rifle, automatic, calculation, fire, machine gun, Magnificent 7, Math, movie cliche, out run, Predator, punk?, Rambo, rapid fire, rate, sweep **|** Leave a Comment »