Posted in free-for-all friday.

It’s that time of the week again! What’s been on your mind? What’s giving you a headache? As always, drop your questions in the comments box and I’ll get back to you as swiftly as I can!

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Posted in quotes.

We all agree that your theory is crazy, but is it crazy enough? – Niels Bohr

Read More →A conjecture both deep and profound Needs a proof that the circle is round. In a paper by Erdős Written in Kurdish A counter-example is found. One of my favourite questions to ask students is “what’s a circle?” because I get to play “so that means this is a circle!”

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Posted in ninja maths.

Some of the secrets of the mathematical ninja are pretty pointless, when you come down to it: after all, we have machines for most of these things. The divisibility tricks are useful (as far as I can see) only in a very specific circumstance: when you’re deciding whether to cancel

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Posted in free-for-all friday.

It’s that time of the week again! What’s been on your mind? What’s giving you a headache? As always, drop your questions in the comments box and I’ll get back to you as swiftly as I can!

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Posted in exam technique, ranting.

Right! That’s it. I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more. If one more student looks at a question and says “I don’t know where to start!” I’m going to… I’m going to… I’m going to FROWN and look at them VERY CROSSLY. Because I

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Posted in ninja maths.

Difficulty: ** Impressiveness: **** (Many thanks to Swar for pointing me at this one – and challenging me to explain it well!) It’s surprisingly easy to square numbers near 50. Here’s the recipe: 1. Find the difference between your number and 50. (If you’re looking at 46, it’d be -4.

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Posted in free-for-all friday.

It’s that time of the week again! What’s been on your mind? What’s giving you a headache? As always, drop your questions in the comments box and I’ll get back to you as swiftly as I can!

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