Posts Tagged ‘algebra’


It is Xmas … Ah! The Joy of Algebra!

December 5, 2019

Great Math Xmas Ornament Ideas for Middle School here @ MathEqualsLove blog.

Mathematicians can make mountains out of mince pies, but in this case Dr Eugenia Cheng, who is Professor of Pure Mathematics at the University of Sheffield, UK, makes it look fun. The video clip includes some great Middle School Maths that you can eat.



Can you escape a FALLING TREE?

August 24, 2019

Tragically, 5 people have been killed by falling trees in Victoria, Australia, this Winter. 

In 3 separate accidents, 4 died when trees crushed the occupants in cars. One victim was a pedestrian.

So if you were walking through a park could you escape a falling tree if you either heard a cracking sound or saw the tree starting to fall?

With thanks to Physics Stack Exchange.

For an inverted pendulum near the top of its arc, there is no period, but the quantity ℎ/𝑔 does represent a characteristic time scale for this system. The tree will take a few of these characteristic times to fall.

Mathspig hates seeing an old tree felled, but it does give us the necessary time data.


There are many assumptions in these calculations.

*You’d be hit by the tree trunk, not a branch which would hit you sooner.

*There is no wind pushing the tree over.

*The tree falling is an approx to a reverse pendulum.



And the tic tic toc of the HYPERBOLA CLOCK

May 19, 2019

You will find everything you want to know about  HYPERBOLAS HERE.


VAMPIRES: a math horror story

March 6, 2019

You will find TWILIGHT TV series Math here.


Math Grafitti: The good, the bad and the OMG-That’s AMAZING!

March 1, 2019

We’ll start with the GOODCheck out the graph here.

…. and the NOT SO GOOD.

More information at


and the OMG-That’s-AMAZING!

Thanks to Slumfe on IMgur


This is why students HATE algebra

January 31, 2019

So Mathspig is helping the kid next door with Grade 11 Math.

Here is the revision Q:

This is the sort of Q that makes students hate ALGEBRA. (Solution by Mathspig below)




This equation looks like a chicken ran through some ink and ran across the page.

Why do so many MATH work sheets look like this?

The result:


One way to tackle a long and complexmath  problem is to defront the classroom and solve it in groups. 


Here is the Q in orginal form:

NOTE: With a proof, you have to prove that one side of the equation

equals the other.



10. You can out run a lava flow … USA UNITS

November 17, 2018

This is a rework of a previous post with full calcs.

Dantes_peak_ver2Every volcano disaster movie from Volcano (1997) with Tommy Lee Jones to Dante’s Peak (1997) with Pierce Brosnan someone somewhere tries to out run a lava flow. Is this possible?

The answer is maybe. You will find everything you want to know about lava flows here.Volcano_ver2

On January 10,1977, at Nyiragongo lava sprang from the sides of the volcano moving at speeds up to 40 miles per hour. About 70 people were killed.


lava temp Measuring the temperature of lava. Photograph by R.L. Christiansen, U.S. Geological Survey, January 9, 1973.

The fastest Lava flows recorded were in Hawaiiin 1950 when Mauna Loa erupted. The lava traveled at 6 miles per hour through thick forest. But once the lava flows became established and good channels developed, the lava in the channels was flowing at up to 60 mph.

Speed of average sprinter = 10 – 15 mph

Can you out run a lava flow?

 You would be scorched in 33 seconds!!!