## Posts Tagged ‘Math %’

## Have Yourself a Mathsy Little Christmas

December 5, 2019## 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.**

## Dangerous Math: Would You Survive a Shark Attack

July 5, 2019Aussie Pro surfer, Mick Fanning, grabbed world attention when he was attacked by a shark in the Fanning J-Bay Open, South Africa on Sunday 19 July, 2015. Fanning was knocked off his board and forced to fight for his life. He survived. News.com

One shark expert suggested the shark was a young great white shark under 3.5 m or 12 ft.

# Would you survive a shark attack?

# Let’s do the maths.

# How fast can a shark swim?

According to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History:The torpedo shape of the great white is built for speed: up to 35 miles per hour (50 kilometers per hour). And then there are the teeth — 300 total in up to seven rows.

# How fast can you swim?

**According to Junior Olympic Games Qualifying Times 2015**

**For 13-14 yo 100m or 328 ft freestyle:**

**t girl = 1.15 or 75sec**

**t boy =1.10. Or 70 sec**

**Let’s assume you are an average swimmer but highly motivated on seeing a shark:**

**t kid = 100 secs**

**So you can swim 100m (328 ft) in 100 sec. But will you survive??????**

Surf Lesson Bluey’s Beach NSW 2009

We’re sooo tough in Australia! Shark, Smark! Whatever.

Picture from Daily Telegraph

Also according to the Smithsonian: Sharks can detect both the direction and amount of movement made by prey, even from as far as 820 feet (250 meters) away.

But there is hope as, according to the National Geographic Channel, Most shark attacks occur less than 100 feet or 30.5 m from the shore mainly around popular beaches in North America (especially Florida and Hawaii), Australia, and South Africa.

If average swimmer Dav is 100 ft (30 m) offshore and starts swimming when he sees the shark 820 ft (250 m) away, he would swim 63 ft (19.2 m) before the shark attacked. He is still 37 ft offshore. He might make it to shallow water. Or not!!!!

## A Shark vs the World’s Fastest Swimmer

Again we will assume that the swimmer is 30m ( 100 ft) offshore when he sees the shark fin 250m (820 ft) away. But this time we will have the world’s fastest swimmer. This time we are talking Dav Holmes vs Shark!!!!!!!!!

If world champion swimmer Dav starts swimming when he saw the shark 820 ft (250 m) away, he would swim 163 ft (49.6 m) before the shark attacked. He would easily make it to shore before an attack. Dav would be swimming on sand.

## The Terrifying Math of Running from a Bear … USA Units

May 14, 2019## USA UNITS below. METRIC UNITS here.

# BEAR STATISTICS

# Grizzly Bear

**Weight: 550 lb **

**Height: 8’ 2” **

**Top Speed: 35 mph = 51 ft/s **

# Brown Bear

**Weight: 1,500 lb **

**Height: 8’ 2” **

**Top Speed: 22 mph = 32 ft/s**** **

**Comparing these speeds to the fastest man on earth, Usain Bolt:**

**Usain Bolt:**

**Top speed: 27 mph = 40 ft/s **

# Bears are not dangerous:

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**In fact, more Americans die each year from choking on their own vomit than are killed by bears.**

**More death stats here. **

**Nevertheless, bears are very fast. So you can see why Park Rangers offer the following advice:**

More information at Mountain Nature.

**The reason for waiting until the bear is 15 ft away is to make sure the spray doesn’t disperse in the air. If the Pepper Spray is too spread out it will not stop the bear.**

Ref: Dog helps save hikers after grizzly chases them for 20 minutes.

## The Terrifying Maths of Running from a Bear … Metric Units

May 14, 2019## METRIC UNITS below. USA UNITS here.

# BEAR STATISTICS

# Grizzly Bear

**Weight: 250kg**

**Height: 250cm**

**Top Speed: 56kph = 16 m/sec**

**More bear stats here. **

# Brown Bear

**Weight: 680kg**

**Height: 250cm**

**Top Speed: 35kph = 10m/s**

**More bear stats here.**

**Comparing these speeds to the fastest man on earth, Usain Bolt:**

# Usain Bolt:

**Top speed: 243kph = 12m/s**

**So Usain Bolt could out run a Brown Bear but NOT a Grizzly!**

# Bears are NOT as dangerous as:

**In fact more Americans die choking on their own vomit each year than a re killed by bears.**

**More death stats here.**

**But bears are very fast so Park Rangers recommend the following survival tactics:**

**More bear survival info here.**

**REF: Dog helps save hikers after grizzly chases them for 20 minutes here.**

## Medals, Meglomaniacs and Sharp Shooters…….. The Math USA units

May 8, 2019When Mathspig recently saw images of some Russian soldiers covered in medals it prompted the question

### ‘Could medals protect the wearer from a sharpshooter?’

Mathspig was interested in this question because megalomaniac military dictators who take over countries by force tend to award themselves lots of medals. But they are also likely to be the target of sharpshooters from a liberation movement.

The target zone (circle) had a diameter of 0.7 inches. This is smaller than the diameter of an American Quarter, an Australian 10c and a UK pound all of which have a diameter of approx 0.96 inches.

So the megolmaniac military dictator wins!!! He IS protected – on his chest – by his medals!!!!!! Unless the sharpshooter manages a ‘lucky’ shot.

## Giant Easter Egg Math … USA units

April 5, 2019# Good News for Chocoholics

#### To get the right texture Easter Eggs are made from sugar or sucrose and not from corn syrup. But chocolate contains lots and lots of sugar.

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#### Guylian Sea Shells:

#### Weight Sea Shell: 4.23 oz

#### Weight Sugar: 1.69 oz

#### % sugar = 1.69/4.23 x 100 = 40%

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#### This is a Guylian Luxury Easter Egg. It can also be used as a designer handbag, I guess.

#### Guylian Easter Eggs:

#### Weight Easter Egg: 3.53 oz

#### Weight Sugar: 1.83 oz

#### % sugar = 1.83/3.53 x 100 = 52%

#### You’ll find nutrition data here.

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# Easter Challenge:

#### You will find the largest Chocolate Easter Egg ever here.

#### This egg is 34 ft 1.05 in high and weighs 15,873lbs, but it is ugly.

#### I like the GUYLIAN GIANT EGG (below) because it looks good and we know exactly how much sugar is in this egg.

#### This Giant Egg was made in 2005 in Belgium by chocolate maker Guylian.

# Statistics:

#### Height: 27 ft

#### Weight: 4300 lb Chocolate

#### No. Chocolatiers: 26

#### No. Chocolate bars: 50,000

#### Total time: 525 hrs

# Easter Challenge for Chocoholics

#### The amount of sugar in the giant egg weighs as much as a Fiat Punto.

## April Fool Math TEST USA

March 27, 2019Tell 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

## April Fool Maths Test

March 27, 2019Tell 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**

## 41 Maths things to do before you’re 12

March 25, 2019“**A growing body of research shows us that outdoor play leads to better physical and mental health, has positive effects on cognitive function and learning, and reduces the incidence of behavioural problems**.” Maria Zotti, **Nature Play, SA**.

Peter Dunstan, Principal Kilkenny PS, SA, writes in **SAPPA** magazine, Primary Focus, that outdoor play fosters “**wonderment, independence and freedom**” as well as “**social skills, imagination, creativity and problem solving**”.

Inspired by SAPPA and NaturePlay, Mathspig has produced her own outdoorsy maths list:

References:

7. Robin Hood Give us your best shot.

9. You can measure the volume of your lungs by blowing one breath into a balloon and pushing it into a full bucket of water. Measure the overflow.

15: Outdoor Maths: Times Tables

21. Light intensity links. Here and here.

36. Killer heels that really kill.