Posts Tagged ‘Kerry Cue Maths Blog’

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November 1, 2012

Hellooooo Mathspiggies,……………………………………..

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Meet my friend Algee. We’re going to do some very  tricky piggy maths. Some kids in year 6 or 7 get scared by the word a-l-g-b-r-a. Don’t say it out loud. Once letters arrive with numbers they tune out.

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BUT they can learn any number of rules to play video games. So what’s up?  We are going to play ALGEE BAA!!!!

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Sheep make sense to kids. Pictures make sense to kids. We can work out how many baa’s Algee baa’s.

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Algee baa looks like kindergarten maths.

So, like, easy. I’m a pig, I tell you it is e-a-s-y. And that’s the point, mathspiggies. They’ll be doing Algee baa before they know it.

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Later, you can tell them they are experts in that other word. First of all, do the maths with Algee.

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This week you can try:

*Learn the rules of Algee baa  

* Do Algee baa exercises  

* Learn Advanced Algee baa I  

* Do some Advanced Algee baa I exercises  

* Learn Advanced Algee baa II  

* Don’ t forget our Baa Graph.

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Hoo Roo………………………………………………………………………..

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Mathpig

………….. and baa from Algee

clipart from clipartof.com

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September 14, 2012

Helloooooo America,

There’s been lots of talk about dumping math. Recently The New York Times ran an article ‘Is Algebra Necessary? and in the Huffington Post  a NY junior high student noted that math ‘feels meaningless’.

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But don’t you worry your pretty little head about math America.

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Don’t tell students:

* that every pipeline, powerline, car, building, baseball stadium, sound system, TV, video game, fashion item, food product, phone, hair goo and anything else you buy, wear or plug your ears into needs math.

* that Harry Potter movies need Math and The Hunger Games series is based on Math.

*that they can work out how much models legs are stretched in photoshop using math.

*that probability counts. Let them believe in Luck. (Don’t mention that Las Vegas was built by losers)

* that some people who use algorithms don’t know what they’re doing like, um, bankers!

*that it can be fun (The Great Math Scavenger Hunt) and funny. (Manly Moustache Math)

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And don’t let teachers be creative. Make sure they teach math like a dead language. Everyone does.

Make sure teachers grind their students through repetitive exercises to make math boring and irrelevant.

Make sure math is taught simply to pass standardised tests. The math whizz kids will. But as in Australia and the UK those math whizz kids don’t stick with math. Why would they? It’s boring. They get their scores, dump maths and go off to college to do Law or the like.

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But don’t you worry your pretty little head about math, America.

Some folk in some country somewhere will do the math we need. Five letters. Starts with C. Ends with A. Or am I going too fast for you?

This is the FIELD OF NIGHTMARES. Make maths horrible and they won’t come.

Cheerio

Mathspig

By the way, you do have some crazy math mad folk who believe math is really useful, relevant and fun. They get excited about math. And they spread the excitement around.

Here are two of them: 

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Kyle Gerrity is Co-Founder of Slader.COM,  an interactive math forum providing homework help for students across America.

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Patrick Vennebush, Manager of Online Projects for the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics.

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August 15, 2012

Hellooo Mathspigs,…………………………………………………..

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This week it is fun, fun, fun time with maths.

Yes, mathspiggies you are about to adventure into:

The Great Maths Scavenger Hunt.

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This is ideal for Middle School maths students. The Great Maths Scavenger Hunt is not just about fun. There is a secret agenda. Ooooooh, Yes! We want to show those mathspiggies in year 7, 8 and 9 that maths is used everywhere. So we are sending them on a Mission Not-So-Impossible to look at some odd places maths pops up.

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The inspiration for the Scavenger Hunt came from The University of Chicago. In the 1970s the unofficial war cry of its football team was:

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Cosine, secant, tangent, sine

Three point one four one five nine

Square root, cube root, BTU,

Sequence, series, limits too. Rah!

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Today the University of Chicago has 4 days of mayhem known as Scav, the Scavenger Hunt. (See The New Yorker, The Hunter Games, Patricia Marx, 2 Jul 2012.) There are up to 120 teams. All with names. Challenges include anything from finding a Hula Hoop (10 points) to delivering your appendix in a jar (34 pts) to eating your own umbilical cord (one student did. His mum had kept it. Ergh!) to getting a potato to break the sound barrier.

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In 1999 one challenge was to build a working nuclear breeder reactor (500 pts). A very worried Nuclear Physicist confirmed that two students had built the device using converted Thorium powder from inside vacuum tubes as weapon-grade Uranium!!!

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Ooooh! Argh! We won’t get sooooo carried away mathspiggies. But the challenge is on.

So GAME ON, you Scavs.

See what maths mayhem you can conjure into the universe.

May the most ingenious mathspiggy win.

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Mathspig

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July 6, 2012

 Bonjour  Mathematiquepigs,

Mathspig has just returned from Europe. And what does a little mathspig do when she is in Paris? Why she trots along to Maths Scene: 

the 13e Salon Culture & Jeux  Mathematique

or

The  13th Expo of Mathematical Games and Living Culture.

The Expo is sponsored by Universite of Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC) Sorbonne Universities to show that maths can be both fascinating and fun. In France, the home of Descartes, maths is often taught at school as if it were a ‘formal discipline’ or ‘ dead language’.

Run by the Comite International des Jeux Mathematiques (Committee of Mathematical Games) the expo is a feast of maths competitions, games and debates along with 75 game booths run by PhD maths students and sponsors.

Here are university students Aline and Elise (above) demonstrating some pretty tricky tessellations @ the Expo. The problems look so simple but Aline and Elise showed Mathspig how tricky tessellations can be.  Mathspig had to think.

This is a page (below) from one Expo brochure:

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Here is the front cover of another brochure:

 Three fascinating maths ideas Mathspig took home to Australia from the Mathematique Expo are:

Morph Me

What’s the time? Flintstone O’Clock

I’m Forever Blowing Cubic Bubbles!

Merci, Mes Amis, Le Comite International des Jeux Mathematiques

Au Revoir

Mathspig

PS: The spectacular 3D fractal image on the top brochure was designed by Jérémie Brunet. You can find more of his amaaaaazing images at his website.


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May 29, 2012

Helloooooo My Little Pretties,

Mathspig has gone all wallpappery this week. We are going to have some fun with symmetry, patterns, 3D mirror images and 3D rotations. So get ready mathspigs and GO, Go, Go

Cherio

Mathspig

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May 4, 2012

Helloooooo mathspig possums,

This week we are just going crazy with maths jokes. Yes! Real maths. Real jokes.

It’s a Hoot!

Mathspig saw Standup Maths comics, Matt Parker and Timandra Harkness, and they are just Fab, darls.

Inspired by their bold courage to go where no maths comics have gone before Mathspig made up a few of her maths jokes.

Some Triangles that I used to Know (Don’t tell Gotye!)

Finding Nemo Algebra

The Trigonometry of Fake Tan

But wait, there’s more ………………

Barcode Maths

Dad Joke Pain Index Calculations

Working Out the Probability of Becoming Famous

and looking at the Statistics of Dying Laughing

Have fun, my little Sweeties

Cheerioo

Mathspig

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April 11, 2012

Hellooo Mathspig Sweeties,

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I am worried about all those young folk in The Hunger Games.

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So I thought I’d knit them something to keep them warm while they are out there, um,  ………. killing each other.

There is some amaaaaaazing maths in The Hunger Games, so while I get on with my knitting you should check out the posts below:

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The Hunger Games Maths……………………………………..

Hunger Games: Survival Maths 1……………………………

Hunger Games: Survival Maths 2……………………………

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Cherrio Must Run

………………………………. …..…….some annoying little tribute is chasing me with an axe.

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Mathspig

 PS: The wonderful knitted Mocking Jay brooch Mathspig is holding was made by the clever gals at Chicks Who Give a Hoot