Posts Tagged ‘I love Math’

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Hey, Year 9 maths girls! Watch This.

November 15, 2013

This is the coolest math promo for girls you’ll ever see

by Mathematigal.

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4. The X Squared Factor

August 15, 2012

Challenge 4:

The Great Maths Scavenger Hunt

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Students must complete 2 challenges @ 4points each. No additional challenges allowed.

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4. The X Squared Factor

* Make an origami soccer ball

* Video of a pile of Lego sorting into a Venn Diag of shape, colour and bumps

*  Fill a matchbox full of rice. How many grains? How many grains of rice to fill an Olympic swimming pool?

*  Learn π to 20 places then annoy everyone. No. Just demonstrate this skill.

* Devise a way to simply measure the volume of a set of keys. (Go Archimedes Go)

*  Toast the area of a piece of toast into the toast.

* Draw a simple picture of mathematician on graph paper. Write the co-ordinates of major points [eg. (2,5), (5, 7) etc] in order so that someone else can redraw the picture without seeing it. Test it.

*  How many corn flakes are there in a 750gm box?

* Trap yourself inside a Matrix. Full points for most creative effort.

*  Give a 3-minute humorous talk on why fractions are vulgar.

* Devise a method to calculate the speed of ants around your house or the school. Now calculate the time it would take for an ant to finish the 100m Olympic sprint.

* Demonstrate n! from n = 1 to n = 10 in Lego blocks

* Bring in an Abacus and demonstrate how you multiply 96 x 72.

* Find the minimum aeroplane seat width @ Seatguru for British Air, Qantas and American airlines. Now calculate how many seats these airlines could fit across your couch @ home.

*Rewrite the 12 Days of Christmas Carol with maths terms. Sing in woollie hat and scarf to class.

* Sing the 7 times table to the class Opera Style.

* There are 1,070 dimples on a golf ball. The diameter of a golf ball is 4.3 cm. How many dimples per square cm? The diameter of a tennis ball is 6.9 cm, how many dimples would fit on a tennis ball?

* How many slices of bread to cover your country? How many loaves? You will find size and links here.  A pre-sliced loaf of supermarket bread is approx 10 cm by 11 cm.

* A large tube of toothpaste is 4.2 oz or 119 gm. What length of toothpaste squeezed in a straight line could you squeeze out of that tube?

* How much air is in an Aero? This can be calculated. By weight and by volume.

* How many 100s & 1000s or sprinkles or jimmies are there on average on top of a cup cake? Make an equation (That’s algebra, folks) using symbols made of sprinkles on cupcakes. Bring to class. They will be eaten.

* Rewrite Some of My Favourite Things from the sound of music using only maths terms. You can make clothes out of curtains or use old clothes and felt markers and whatever grabs your imagination to make a maths tie/skirt/shirt/hat to sing the song to the class.

* What is the probability that a peanut butter sandwich will land peanut butter if you get a fright and throw it in the air? Show trial numbers.

* How many channels can you surf in a 20 second period? If you had to get up off the couch, walk to the TV set, push a button and return to the couch, how long would it take to surf that many channels? Yeah! Like in the olden days.

* Make a complex tessellation using Cuisenaire rods or potato stamps you have carved. (Diagram below is not a tessellation but nice potato stamp art.)

Here are the The Great Maths Scavenger Hunt PDF files: The Great Maths Scavenger Hunt

Here are the answer guidelines: The Great Maths Scavenger Hunt Answers

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Maths Girls a Go Go II

September 8, 2011

Vi Hart ( pic below) calls herself a mathemusician. She graduated  with a degree in music from Stony Brook University, NY, two year ago, but has always maintained an interest in maths. Last November she posted Doodling in Maths Class on You Tube, which as the New York Times explained ‘ married a distaste for the way math is taught in school with an exuberant exploration of math as art’. It went viral. Her youtube videos have collected over 1 million hits already.

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The question for maths teachers is this:

Why didn’t Vi study MATHS at uni when she:

* is smart

* loves maths

* is mathematically creative

Was she booooooooored by high school maths?

Vi’s videos should be a must see for all maths teachers. They are fun and they encourage girls to take on the maths challenge.

Vi Hart: Infinity Elephants

Fun Jnr Maths Exercise in Fractals

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Vi Hart: Binary Trees

Fun Introduction to Exponential Functions

You will find more videos @ Vi Hart Website.

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1. Festo Smart Bird

August 19, 2011

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Here are the scientists:

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Here is the smart bird:

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And here is just some of the maths that went into this robot:

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Full explanation here.

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4. Festo Air Penguin

August 19, 2011

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Can you feel the Air Penguin love tonight?

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8. Crawling Zombie

August 19, 2011

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This is not exactly a techno toy. It’s just fun. And maths would have been used in the design of the components. So Zombies need maths too.

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&  Zombie hand

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8. Hi Six????

August 3, 2011

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Here is a very funny Hi Five Tribute. These roolly are funny, dudes.

But how about a Hi Six?

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Invent a new Hi Five that’s sort of mathsy for your maths class.

Then, when kids do achieve something in your class go wild.

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11. In – House Nutty Professor

August 3, 2011

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They are not related

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Get one kid (You’ll know which one) to prepare a mock presentation of the subject getting things wrong.

If the kids don’t ‘get it’ you say ‘Is he/she right, then?’

Could be frightening.

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10 Reasons Why Maths Teachers Rock!!!!

January 4, 2011

Science Teachers can be a little creepy.

Music Teachers can get carried away.

The new foreign language teacher can be too friendly.

PE teachers expect you to enthusiastically embrace the challenge of  freezing your ass off outdoors.

Domestic Science teachers teach too many useless things like how to boil an egg or shrink a child.

Librarians get really upset when you don’t return books.

Art teachers can go too post-modern.

English teachers nag you to read books that are, get this, already out on DVD.

Drama teachers can get too carried away with the performance concept.

Some teachers really do know how to make you do your homework!

But maths teachers …

Oh YEAH Maths Teachers

we are cool, babe!

… like totally co^2l!

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2 I’m-in-Love Graph

November 26, 2010

You will find an even better heart graph here.