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November 22, 2017
by Alan MacDonald
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My Future with Fundamental Mathematics – Final Reflection on Discovering Mathematics

Semester 1 of second year is nearing its end and we are all preparing for our assignments and exam. I am deliberately taking the time away from the heavy studying to reflect upon the learning I have gained in the Discovering Mathematics module as I think it will be beneficial to create a short final […] Continue reading

November 17, 2017
by Alan MacDonald
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“Maths is truth, truth maths”: Romanticism, Poetry and Mathematics

The Romantic Period, an intellectual, literary and artistic movement that swept across Europe, saw a change in the way society viewed the world during the late 1700s and early 1800s (Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2005). Nature was increasingly becoming more valuable to the Romantics during a time of industrial revolution, where trade and business was becoming king. […] Continue reading

November 11, 2017
by Alan MacDonald
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Two-kwondo: Breaking Down Maths in Taekwondo and Sports

The sport industry is a huge sector in the market that people enjoy watching, participating in and involving themselves in someway. There is a sense of community with playing or being a fan of a particular sport which is crucial for people (children in particular) and their physical and mental wellbeing (Croddy, 2013). For our […] Continue reading

November 3, 2017
by Alan MacDonald
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The Truth is; The Game Was Rigged From The Very Start

“The good news is that in every deck of fifty-two cards there are 2 598 960 possible hands. The bad news is that you are only going to be dealt one of them” Anthony Holden (no date) A famous saying goes, that one must “play the hand they are dealt” with in life. This is […] Continue reading

October 25, 2017
by Alan MacDonald
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99p – Maths Behind Consumerism

During my first year placement, a key topic that I was regularly given the responsibility of planning lessons for within mathematics was budgeting. Now, within the Experiences and Outcomes documents there are various outcomes that cover this topic: MNU 2-09a – “I can manage money, compare costs from different retailers, and determine what I can […] Continue reading

October 23, 2017
by Alan MacDonald
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Maths Anxiety: What We Should All Fear…

The subject of Maths is divisive, even beyond the system of education, and it has the potential to greatly impact people’s everyday life (both for good and for bad, depending on someone’s experience with it during their school years) (Bellos, 2010). It has been argued that it has the potential to separate humans into two […] Continue reading

October 19, 2017
by Alan MacDonald
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Binary, Counting Horses, Indigenous Tribes… Oh my!

Richard’s last two inputs about number systems and place value have left me perplexed to say the very least. Binary, a counting horse and indigenous tribes… All these aspects were covered in two inputs and they definitely broke down my structured beliefs on what mathematics really is. A key point that I took away from […] Continue reading

October 9, 2017
by Alan MacDonald
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Art in Maths and Maths in Art

Art and artistic expression both have connotations of creativity, freedom and exploration for those that are deemed artistically imaginative to delve deep into their own vivid minds. One must be capable of thinking outside of the box of convention when viewing artwork, for example, to be appreciative of the emotions or message an artist is […] Continue reading

September 21, 2017
by Alan MacDonald
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Time – The Underlying Mathematics and Science

As a species, we form our daily lives around clocks, calendars and alarms. It would be extremely difficult for us to cope if we didn’t know what time it was or what day it might be because the concept of time is at the core of our society and our civilisation. From what I gathered […] Continue reading

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