December, 2012

What day of the week is it? It’s DOOMSDAY! Secrets of the Mathematical Ninja

Today’s the day you should be outside looking for the man with as many noses are there are days left in the year! However, if you’ve spotted him, you could turn your attention to something all mathematicians have trouble with: knowing what day of the week it is. This is

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Silly Questions Amnesty

Between Christmas and New Year is a silly time to ask anyone anything… so go ahead and bring on your silliest questions!

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Recurring Decimals – Secrets of the Mathematical Ninja

— Thanks to Rosalind for showing me this trick. It’s one of the questions in the GCSE that looks like it ought to be easy: What is $0.1\dot{4}3\dot{6}$ as a fraction? But it’s a lot less easy than it seems at first. I’ve taught the longwinded way for years. It

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Did the world end yesterday?

No, no it didn’t. To everyone who took my bet: I’ll be in touch.

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Silly Questions Amnesty

Today’s silly question is “What’s going to end today?” The answer is “Autumn. Autumn is going to end today.” Anything on your mind? Preferably mathsy?

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Algebraic Fractions: A reader asks

Oo, a question to answer! This one’s from Deborah. How would you solve: $\frac{1}{x-2} + \frac{1}{x} = \frac{3}{4}$ and $\frac{1}{x}+\frac{1}{2x+1}=\frac{7}{10}$? When I substitute my answer back in, I can’t get it to work out! Forgive me if my working is a bit pedestrian — I figure it’s better to err

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How to get a C in GCSE Maths without becoming a nervous wreck.

Adrian from Adrian Beckett Maths Tutors has kindly contributed a guest post. We LOOOOOVES guest posts at Flying Colours – if you have something about Maths you want to get off your chest, do drop me an email. For a lot of people, getting a C in GCSE Maths can

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How to get a C in GCSE Maths without becoming a nervous wreck

Adrian from Adrian Beckett Maths Tutors has kindly contributed a guest post. We LOOOOOVES guest posts at Flying Colours – if you have something about Maths you want to get off your chest, do drop me an email. For a lot of people, getting a C in GCSE Maths can

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