This quiz is to get you up to speed with straight lines, gradients, distances and midpoints. Enjoy!

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Posted in basic maths skills.

I caught a bit of the Chancellor’s budget speech recently. I try to avoid doing silly things like that, it just makes me angry. However, I was interested to find I was hearing big numbers bandied about without really knowing what was big in the context of a national budget.

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Posted in silly questions amnesty.

That’ll be the last SQA in April, that will. Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun?

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Posted in geometry.

My podcast co-host Dave Gale asked an interesting question: why is the volume of a pyramid $V=\frac{1}{3}x^2h$? Dave being Dave, he doesn’t want to mess around with 3D geometry, so I figured I should find an explanation a smart GCSE student would be able to grasp. I’m going to start

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Posted in ninja maths.

The Mathematical Ninja took one look at the list of the 10 coolest numbers and scoffed. “Those,” he said, “are not the ten coolest numbers.” “What are, then?” said the student. “Remember, nothing for cultural significance, so you can’t have 42. And no physical constants, so $g$ is out.” “I

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Posted in silly questions amnesty.

Roll up, roll up! Well, that’s my lunch ready. Now, how about some silly questions for pudding?

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Posted in probability, reader questions.

Imagine you go to the casino with $100 in one-dollar chips and decide to play the roulette wheel. You’ve nothing better to do; you can stay there as long as you have chips left. How long can you expect to carry on playing? Let’s pick on the 50-50 bets (such

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Posted in quizzes.

A slight change of pace this week: a game rather than a quiz. Can you sink the enemy ships by firing at the right co-ordinates? (If the grid doesn’t show up, try refreshing.) Your guess:

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Posted in basic maths skills.

My colleague Adrian has submitted a guest post in the form of a video explaining how to answer a typical QTS mental arithmetic question on percentages. Adrian? Take it away. Or rather, divide it and multiply it!

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