## Archive for the ‘POPULAR POSTS’ Category

## No Frills MATHs SKILLS for Parents 3: Pre-Algebra

May 23, 2022## No Frills MATHs SKILLS for Parents 2 : Algebra

May 4, 2022## No Frills MATHs SKILLS for Parents 1: Super Easy Long Mult and Division

April 27, 2022Go to **BASIC MATHEMATICS** here. It will take you through basic maths by your Grade level.

NB. If you can’t remember how to ‘borrow the 1’ for division or ‘carry the 2’ for multiplication here go back to the link above.

## FOR THE LONGEST KICK or THROW in Football you need this MATHS

April 19, 2022………………………………………………

**The following maths is suitable for Year 9+**

**but can be presented to lower grades just to show**

**maths is cool!**

## Killer Easter Egg Math

March 30, 2022According to **The Guinness Book of Records** the largest chocolate Easter Egg went on display at Le Acciaierie Shopping Centre, in Cortenuova, Italy, on 2011.

** Egg Weight = 7,200 kg = 15,873 lbs**

**Height = 10 m = 34 ft**

**Circumference = 19.6 m = 64 ft**

**The sugar content for easter eggs is: 55-65% by weight**

**So we will assume the sugar content of the giant egg was in the middle:**

# 60%

## The weight of sugar in the giant egg equals:

## Dave Grohl and The Curious Nature of Drummers’ Brains

March 4, 2022**Live music is back. **

**The Foo Fighters play a stadium concert in Geelong TONIGHT. This is the first stadium concert in Australia in 2 years!!!!! Dave Grohl, the FF’s guitarist, is a legend. He played drums for Nirvana and is considered by many to be the best drummer in the world. Meanwhile, Taylor Hawkins, the drummer for the Foo Fighters, is also considered one of the best rock drummers ever. **

**In honour of this auspicious occasion and to work out what might be going on inside these rock legends’ heads, I’m reposting (below) the math article about drummers’ brains.**

**In a 2011 article in the New Yorker Burkhard Bilger wrote about neuroscientist David Eagleman and his research into time and the brain especially drummers’ brains.**

**Some of the drummers he has interviewed and/or tested include William Champion of Cold Play, Brian Eno of Roxy Music and Larry Mullen, Jnr of U2.**

**Eno, on keyboards (above) who was working on a U2 album, talks about Mullen’s amazing timing. They were using a click-track (computer generated beat) when mMullen complained he couldn’t drum to it. ENO adjusted the beat. Mullen was happy.**

**ENO adjusted the beat by 6 milliseconds!!!!!!!!! **

**6 thousandths of a second or 0.006sec.**

# Cool Larry Mullen Jnr Drum solo

**Tempo is measured in beats per minute or bpm. **

# Drum Beats for different tracks:

### Here are some drum beats provided by Justin Alan Cox so you can get your timing right:

### 60 bpm

### 80 bpm

### 100 bpm

### 120 bpm

# Drummer Maths:

# How Cool a Drummer are you?

**Pick a beat and see how accurate you can beat tempo. Time how long it takes you to beat out 60, 80, 100 or 120 drum beats using a pencil. It should, obviously, take one minute if you are an ENO or a Mullens.**

**What was the difference in time in seconds?**

**But drummers like Eno, Grohl and Hawkins have other problems!!!!!**

# Bilger’s conclusion:

**‘Like perfect pitch, which dooms the possessor to hear every false note and flat car horn, perfect timing may just makes a drummer more sensitive to the world’s arrhythmias and repeated patterns, Eagleman said—to the flicker of computer screens and fluorescent lights. Reality, stripped of an extra beat in which the brain orchestrates its signals, isn’t necessarily a livelier place. It’s just filled with badly dubbed television shows.’**

## What’s the Maths Curriculum got to do with it? WHEN Maths is, like, soooo BORING!!!!!

February 22, 2022Australia is reviewing its Maths Curriculum.

Sides are taken. Arguments are rife. See the excellent article by Donna Lu, **Cracking the formula: how should Australia be teaching maths under the national curriculum?**, The Guardian,13 FEB, 2022)

Should teachers teach? Or students explore problems? (Called Cognitive Activation in academe!)

Why not, both? Then add **outdoor maths** (below) plus **defronting the classroom** sometimes and **try some maths selfies** for homework. More ideas **here**.

It doesn’t matter what’s written in the curriculum, the biggest problem in maths for students is

# BOREDOM.

Here, to tackle boredom are:

# 41 Maths things to do before you’re 12

“**A growing body of research shows us that outdoor play leads to better physical and mental health, has positive effects on cognitive function and learning, and reduces the incidence of behavioural problems**.” Maria Zotti, **Nature Play, SA**.

Peter Dunstan, Principal Kilkenny PS, SA, writes in **SAPPA** magazine, Primary Focus, that outdoor play fosters “**wonderment, independence and freedom**” as well as “**social skills, imagination, creativity and problem solving**”.

Inspired by SAPPA and NaturePlay, Mathspig has produced her own outdoorsy maths list:

References:

7. Robin Hood Give us your best shot.

9. You can measure the volume of your lungs by blowing one breath into a balloon and pushing it into a full bucket of water. Measure the overflow.

15: Outdoor Maths: Times Tables

21. Light intensity links. Here and here.

36. Killer heels that really kill.

## How Gamers Gamed the Hedge Funds: Middle School Math

January 28, 2022## Death by Caffeine: The Maths Part 1 METRIC

November 26, 2021Death by Caffeine: The Math Part 1 USA UNITS **here**.

The lethal dose for **caffeine** is about 150 milligrams per kg of body weight. While the average person’s **caffeine** consumption is around 200 milligrams a day, the Mayo Clinic advises against exceeding 500 to 600 milligrams per day.

This work titled Timing is Everything is by street artist ABOVE in London.

You may want this much energy but be warned, energy drinks can kill.

It would take a ridiculously huge number of ANGRY WOMBAT energy drinks to kill a 14 year old weighing, say, 48 kg. Nevertheless, some kids are more sensitive to caffeine than others and then much lower levels of consumption of energy drinks can be fatal.

See Death by Caffeine: The Maths Part 2 METRIC

Here is the work (see below) TIMING IS EVERYTHING by street artist ABOVE in London showing the timing.

## Death by Caffeine: The Math Part 1 USA UNITS

November 26, 2021Death by Caffeine: The Maths Part 1 METRIC **here**

The lethal dose for **caffeine** is about 68 milligrams per lb of body weight. Average consumption of caffeine is about 200 milligrams a day. The Mayo Clinic advises against exceeding 500 to 600 milligrams per day.

This work titled Timing is Everything is by street artist ABOVE in London.

You may want this much energy but be warned, energy drinks can kill.

It would take a ridiculously huge number of ANGRY WOMBAT energy drinks to kill a 14 year old weighing, say, 110 lb. Nevertheless, some kids are more sensitive to caffeine than others and then much lower levels of consumption of energy drinks can be fatal.

See Death by Caffeine: The Math Part 2 USA UNITS

Here is the work (see below) TIMING IS EVERYTHING by street artist ABOVE in London showing the timing.