## Learning Jump Strategy from a Young Mathematician

June 8, 2018

Mathpig just learnt this from a young Mathematician age 9.

It is a great way to do maths because you are thinking ‘Mmmm! How can I work these numbers.’

Getting maths students to think about what they are doing is so much better than just having them guess ‘ Arrrr!  Whatever. Click B.’

More jump strategy information here.

This will be very useful later when it comes to a similar method used to simplify long division:

## 10 Amazing RANDOM Maths Blogs

April 5, 2016

It is Mathspig’s Mission to bring you news of some of the most practical, inspiring and intriguing maths blogs, tumblr posts and Twitter feeds out there in the blogosphere. And what a great day to do this. Happy Square Root Day people! (from Mathematica Curiosa below)

The following blogs et al fall into the RANDOM but totally intriguing category. Enjoy!

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The background pattern is antagonist from here.

When not writing and hosting Quick and Dirty Tips’ Math Dude podcast, Jason Marshall works as a research scientist at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) studying the infrared light emitted by starburst galaxies and quasars. Here he is as The Maths Dude:

And here he is as an Astrophysicist dude:

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Curiosa Mathematica is run by Jens Bossaert. It shows extraudinary images such as the animation by two cubes  showing the roots of the polynomials x⁵ + tx + 1 and x⁵ + tx² + 1  as t varies. (Shown without animation below) I’d tell you lots more about Jens except his homepage is in Dutch!!!

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LIFE THROUGH A MATHEMATICIAN’S EYES is a tumblr feed run anonymously but fabulously by a self-described ‘professional mathematical concept disrupter’ who ‘believes that the study of mathematics is like air or water to our technological society’.

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Try and Touch My Asymptote  Got Math? is an annonymous Tumblr stream that is a popouri of all sorts of maths brick-a-brack such as the treasure below..

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Into The Continuum is self-described as a perspective on mathematics, the pattern, and the abstract. This anonymous Tumblr feed not only provides amazing moving patterns, it gives you the code as well. Awesome!!! Here is one, sadly stationary, pattern below.

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Robert Kaplinsky has worked in education since 2003 as a classroom teacher, district math teacher specialist, and University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) instructor. He uses maths to answer some really intrguing questions such as the one below. ‘What was the fastest motorcycle speeding ticket ever?’ is pretty scary!!!!!!!

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Math Prof for Life Tumblr stream uses random comments linked to hilarious gifs. The prof knows, he really knows, how maths students feel … on a bad maths day.

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The Reflective Educator is the Tumblr stream of David Wees, a Canadian Maths teacher. His web page is full of all sorts of interesting reflections on how to teach maths.

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Center of Math is an anonymous Twitter feed which is a glad bag of maths ideas, suggestions, diversions and jokes. Intersesting stuff. Here rre some fab examples of posts.

It’s a pun … maths pun. (Hint: A little fishy.)

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Math Jokes Twitter is literally an endless stream of maths jokes. Who knew there were so many?  And what better way to start the day than with a maths joke. Here are a couple.

## 7. GIANT CUBE

February 5, 2016

It would be possible to construct drawings like the following in the school grounds using chalk and/or string. The students have to work out how to construct these drawings themselves. Then you can take some AWESOME photos.

Sand Artist Francois Abelent, Le Val André,France

At Trouville by Unknown