## Archive for the ‘statspig’ Category

April 25, 2015

### Helloooo My Little Luvvies,

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### So here are the 10 Maths Mystery Box challenges I’ve put together for you:

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**And the bonus Maths Mystery Box Question:**

**Sniffer rats have been in the news this week, but:**

### (Hint: It has to do with a measurement?)

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**Isn’t MATHS marvelous? And magical too!**

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**Hoo Roo for now,**

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**MATHSPIG**

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January 2, 2015

### Hellooooooooo Sweeties,

**This has to be the best way to save the planet. Yes! Eat up my little lovelies. For every kilo you pack on, you reduce your carbon footprint. Isn’t that the best news for piggies everywhere!!!!! You will find the yummy maths here:**

**Meanwhile, here are some other mathsy things to do with pigging out for fun and profit:**

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### Cheerio my Chubbies

### Mathspig

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November 7, 2014

# 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.

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## On your bike

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## Cheerio

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September 30, 2014

### Hello Babies,

### Randall 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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### And his book What if? Can be found here.

### Here are some of the questions Randall attacks:

### Ans: It could be as early as 2065.

### Ans: Not to be recommended.

### 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:

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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

#### Hellooooooooo Darling,

#### So who will be my stunt double when they make the film of my exciting maths life. I’m thinking

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#### …Miss Piggy

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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:

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#### Mauw Mauw

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July 31, 2014

### 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 33**^{rd} 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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## PARABOLIC EQN:………………………………………………….

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### Cheerio

### Mathspig

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June 30, 2014

### 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.

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

#### Other outdoor maths adventures on this blog:

#### 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

### 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:

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

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

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### Bye-de-bye and watch your step

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# Mathspig

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March 31, 2014

### 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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February 28, 2014
### Hello My Mathematical Friends,

Official Seal of MATHSPIG

The President of the

United States of Mathematics

### The Gettysburg Address, Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ Speech and Winston Churchill’s ‘We shall fight on the beaches … we shall fight in the fields and in the streets … we shall never surrender’ speech were speeches that inspired millions in difficult times.

### Maths needs an inspiring speech.

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### Because today too many kids do maths like this:

### They sit in front of a computer. They answer questions on a program as if they’re shooting at a target. They don’t care about the maths. They just want to know their score. All very entertaining … but they’re not working their brains. They do not think.

### Many do not know their tables even in Year 7.

### Maths has turned into a guessing game. And they struggle with it.

### But there is a serious side.

### Maths needs an inspiring speech. So listen up Middle School students. Here it is:

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## Mathspig

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