## What do the Sydney Opera House and Freddie Mercury have in common?

November 6, 2018

Freddie Mercury is back in the news with the release of the new biopic BOHEMIAN RHAPSOSDY. ( Mathspig gives it ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. But I’m a Freddie fan. ) So Freddie and the Opera House? What do they have in common?

NOTE: Uncanny likeness of biopic actors to the real Queen!

According to intmath The Sydney Opera House is a very unusual design based on slices out of a ball. Many differential equations (one type of integration) were solved in the design of this building.

You will never see a better parody of Queen’s ICONIC song BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY than Calculus Rhapsody By Phil Kirk & Mike Gospel (below).

And if you need to be reminded of the maths you will find links to texts here.

October 11, 2017

## Too many different ways to do the same thing

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#### Add a multi-cultural classroom and even more confusion results.

More maths news from around the world here.

# eg. 2  Expand double brackets

### 1. X-multiply Method

This is the Method Mathspig taught students long, long ago.

### 2. Standard Method

Video tutorial from Me vs Maths here.

### 3. Grid Method

Video tutorial from 3 min Maths here.

## The Solution:

Find the method that works for you. Stick with it and practice, practice, practice.

# THE LEGO ARGUMENT:

It would be tragic IF  Lego blocks only had one solution. That is IF 6 Lego blocks could only be arranged in one way. In fact, the number of possibilities of arranging 6 blocks is MIND EXPLODING!

## 6. You’re either Good at Maths or You’re Not

September 20, 2017

### The Solution:

#### Do something that grabs their attention, something counterintuitive. Here is one of the BEST revision projects ever for middle school maths students. Remember, the best way to learn something is to teach it.

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Project MATHS SLAM WORKSHEET plain txt PDF

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Project Maths Slam

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## 5. Funky, Fab and Fantastic. Yeah! That’s Middle School Maths

September 20, 2016

Algebra! Many students struggle with algebra because they see no point doing it. But here is the best fun with algebra you’ll ever have. It is so counter intuitive that you have to see the algebra to believe this trick. Mathspig tried this exercise out on school teachers at her ICME 13  workshop in Hamburg and this is the result filmed – with a few lighting wobbles – on an iphone.

Detailed explanation here.