The Flying Colours Maths Blog: Latest posts

Free for all Friday (Midsummer edition)

It's midsummer, which of course means the start of summer. Happy solstice, if you're so inclined. Well, what can I help you with this week? Just drop me a comment below and I'll do what I can to answer it.

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Michael Gove's Dinner Party

-or- If we're going to teach a dead language, let's make it BASIC. If there's one complaint industry leaders have about modern school leavers, it's that there are just too few of them who speak Latin and Greek well. There is widespread concern about the UK slipping down the international

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Secrets of the Mathematical Ninja: Pascal’s Triangle

You've seen Pascal's triangle before: 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 3 3 1 1 4 6 4 1 1 5 10 10 5 1 You get the number in each row by adding its two 'parents' - for instance, each 10 in the row that starts with 1

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Free for all Friday

Ooops! Almost forgot about this week. Well, what can I help you with this week? Just drop me a comment below and I'll do what I can to answer it.

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"How do I know which method to use?" – How to Integrate

My student frowns as I write down $u = \cos(x)$. "Wait wait wait", he says, "how do you know to do a substitution?" The honest answer is, I just do. I've done integration sum after integration sum for the last 20 years and it comes naturally. However, I know that's

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The Way Of The Mathematical Ninja

The Code of the Mathematical Ninja has been developed over many centuries1, and is considered by most serious mathematicians to be one of the Far East's greatest contributions to maths. Its very existence was - until now - a closely guarded secret, known only by the inner circle of mathematicians

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Free for all Friday

Only a few weeks to the summer break now! Got anything nice planned? Well, what can I help you with this week? Just drop me a comment below and I'll do what I can to answer it.

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