## April Fool Maths Test

March 23, 2017

Tell your year 8 or 9 students this test is designed to test their ability to concentrate and use logic while doing a challenging test under pressure.

Tell students to circle the ‘correct’ answer. Then wait to see how long it takes them to think you have totally lost the plot! You can make copies of the test using the PDF links below. You can put the answers up later on the smart board.

Mathspig April Fools Maths Test 1

Mathspig April Fools Maths Test 2

Mathspig April Fools Maths Test ANSWER

## April Fool Math TEST USA

March 23, 2017

Tell your year 8 or 9 students this test is designed to test their ability to concentrate and use logic while doing a challenging test under pressure.

Tell students to circle the ‘correct’ answer. Then wait to see how long it takes them to think you have totally lost the plot! You can make copies of the test using the PDF links below. You can put the answers up later on the smart board or just read out the answers.

Mathspig April Fools Math Test 1 USA

Mathspig April Fools Math Test 2 USA

Mathspig April Fools Math Test ANSWER USA

March 23, 2017

# 1. Frostbite Theatre

This is a cool trick to show the class. k

# 2. Maths Teacher Totally Pranked

This maths teacher is, like, sooooo pranked.

# 3. Rounding off pi

You have to wait until No. 10. But there it is! It is official. We’re going to round pi off to 3.

Hey, it’s about time isn’t it.

# 4. Matthew Weathers

The best maths class April Fools trick ever as the numbers show!

March 8, 2017

# Pi Day celebrates an AMERICAN Pi because:

## 1. AUSTRALIA and UK:

Australia and UK write their dates DD/MM/YY and the 14th March or 14.3 is nothing to get excited about.

## 2. EUROPE

Pi in Europe is pronounced Pee. So 14th March Would be

# Pee Day.

And Pee Day would not be something to encourage in Middle School. Also the perfume below is hilarious in Europe.

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Nevertheless, here are 2 interesting appearances by Pi in the movies plus a middle school challenge to count the Pi’s in the movie clip.

# 1. A Beautiful Mind

In this movie where Russell Crowe plays Mathematician Nobel Laureate John Nash, there is a maths  blooper involving Pi. Watch for pi on the window at 43 seconds.

You should have seen 0<π<1. But we all know π = 3.1415 etc.  For those mathematically fastidious an argument can be put that π can be used as a variable, which would make the statement true. But π is a universal constant so using π as a variable is just STUPID.

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# 2. Pi: The Movie

This 1998 psychological thriller promo clip is also the coolest maths promo you will ever see. It is only 1.42 mins long and it is big on π. But be warned the full lenght moive (SPOILER ALERT) involves madness, π and self-lobotomising with a power drill with a ‘happy’ ending.

# Pi Day Challenge:

How many times do you see π in this clip? Watch carefully!!!!!

## Use the WIFI Force, Luke!

February 23, 2017

So you have cracked the WIFI password (above). It’s time for some Fun, Fun, Funnies.

Here are Mathspig’s favourite WIFI names:

Duracell Bunny Arrested

Charged With Battery

FBI Surveillance Van 4

Go home tourists

And check the links at the end of this post for a little bit of weird.

## Weird 1:

It leads to a meme of people posting ‘put your head in a refigerator’ selfies. Why? Dunno.

## Weird 2:

The Google page is askew!!!! Really. What is the angle of the page below horizontal. You can work it out.

## How to Die from HOMEWORK!

November 29, 2016

We are good at graphs in maths, even funny graphs, but we often forget the power of story telling. Here’s a story about HOW NOT TO DO your MATHS HOMEWORK*.

*NOTE: Homework has never been recorded as the cause of death of a 13 year old.

Read longer version of Hugo Does His Homework here.

## 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.