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October 31, 2016
by Alice Grange
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I really wish it was an infinite bar of chocolate

Chocolate cutting trick https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmBsPgPu0Wc I recently watched this video which showed someone cutting up a bar of chocolate. Originally I questioned where the maths was in this, until I looked further into this. I watched this video several times and tried to work out how a bar of chocolate could be cut up, with a […] Continue reading

October 31, 2016
by Alice Grange
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Baking is maths?

Liping Ma (2010, p.111) states that “mathematics is not rigid.” Originally, I would have completely disagreed with this statement as I believed that mathematics wasn’t important and not needed in real life. I thought that after doing maths in school I would never use it ever again because it was pointless. However, I discovered mathematics […] Continue reading

October 28, 2016
by Carys Boyle
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The Only One Who Wins at the Bookies is the Bookmaker

Our most recent workshop was about probability and chance. This is most definitely something which we see every single day and affects people in both positive and negative ways. So, what is probability? Probability is defined as “the study of chance” in one of our key texts: “Alex’s adventure in Numberland.” Gambling is strongly connected […] Continue reading

October 26, 2016
by Abi Fairweather
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A New Number System!!

Recently, in our Discovering Maths module we were asked to come up with our own number system. This proved to be a lot more difficult than I thought it would be. How can you come up with another symbol rather than the numeral we are use to to represent a number?! Myself and my partner […] Continue reading

October 18, 2016
by Ailsa Mackie
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The Importance of Zero.

After yesterday’s lecture on place value, I was left feeling some what baffled by the binary system as even though we tried hard to crack it at our table, it wasn’t until I watched a video explaining it that it all made sense. Studying number systems closely over the past couple of weeks has sparked […] Continue reading

October 18, 2016
by Emma Kilpatrick
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12 is now 10

From the title, it would be understandable for you to think I had gone mad. In fact, quite the opposite. I had a wonderful lesson today exploring the joys of number systems and place value.  Although at first it was not as clear, it was exciting watching the numbers evolve and make sense in front […] Continue reading

October 18, 2016
by Max Hatton
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Base 10 or not?

A numeral system is a writing system for expressing numbers, using digits or other symbols in a consistent manner. Here in the United Kingdom we use a simple base 10 system or decimal number system. In base 10, each digit in a position of a number can have an integer value ranging from 0 to […] Continue reading

October 16, 2016
by Carys Boyle
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Maths and Play

We recently had a workshop with Wendee which was all about learning about mathematics through play. It was great as it let us pretend that we were children again! Play has an extremely important part in a child’s development. It allows them to learn new skills, such as socialising with their peers. But, it also […] Continue reading

October 16, 2016
by Abi Fairweather
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Math is Pretty!!

Even though I have always loved math I did not realise how pretty maths could be. Symmetry is what we use to make this ‘pretty maths’. This symmetry is the most significant area of math the makes a connection between science, art and maths. Symmetrical patterns can be used in several different areas. Artists use […] Continue reading

October 11, 2016
by Ailsa Mackie
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Islamic Tilings

(Islamic Tiles Pattern) Who knew maths could be so pretty and creative? Symmetry has to be the most significant and elegant connection between the boundaries of art, science and maths. These patterns create a visual language expressing order and generating appealing, fascinating compositions and it’s my favourite part of maths as it often surprises people! […] Continue reading

October 10, 2016
by Ailsa Mackie
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Prehistoric Mathematics and the Ishango bone

(One of the oldest surviving fragments of Euclid’s Elements, dated to circa AD 100) Prehistoric Mathematics. Sounds boring, right? Wrong. Now I’m not one for history but after our workshop last week on the origin of number systems, I decided to look into the history of maths and number systems a bit more. If you […] Continue reading

October 6, 2016
by Ailsa Mackie
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Profound Understanding of Fundamental Mathematics

To be honest, I hadn’t heard of PUFM (profound understanding of mathematics) until my first workshop for the math’s elective. I couldn’t even tell you one of the principles let alone four. However, now that I have done reading into Liping Ma’s research, it all makes sense. PUFM is essential if we as teachers are […] Continue reading

October 5, 2016
by Carys Boyle
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The Art of Mathematics

So far in this elective I have seen that maths is used in everything we do every single day. From looking at the clock when we wake up and how much flour we should put in that cake we really shouldn’t be having. But, in a recent workshop with Wendee we have seen that maths […] Continue reading

October 4, 2016
by Allana McDonald
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Discovering Mathematics

Maths is a subject that I never really had much confidence in, and thinking back to when I was a child, I remember feeling such pressure to keep up with those who managed to grasp concepts that I found myself so often struggling to get my head around. I feared the thought of failure more than […] Continue reading

October 3, 2016
by Emma Kilpatrick
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What even is 6?!

Years ago, there were no numerals. No names to define amounts. This is because it simply wasn’t necessary until people began forming villages and such where numbers and numerals were needed as a means of comparison for trading. This in itself is difficult for us to imagine, growing up counting in an Arabic (sometimes known […] Continue reading

October 3, 2016
by Alice Grange
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Can animals really count?

Can animals count?! My initial reaction Richard’s question was – No, they can’t. That’s impossible!! However, after being told about Clever Hans, the horse that could count in 1891, I thought that maybe it was possible for animals to count! Clever Hans the horse was put in a show by his owner, William Von Osten, […] Continue reading

October 3, 2016
by Layla Dawson
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Can animals really count?!

It seems that many pet owners claim that their animal can count. This is not a new idea, it seems the idea of animals counting goes back centuries. In the late 1800’s Wilhelm Von Osten came forward with the proposal that his horse, later named ‘Clever Hans’ had the innate ability to count. When Osten […] Continue reading

September 27, 2016
by Emma Kilpatrick
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A Sixth Sense

Piaget believed that children were born with no cognitive understanding of mathematics, or “numerosity” – the ability to understand small quantities (Marmasse, Bletsas and Marti 2000). However, more recent research has shown that children of just a few months old understand very small quantities, distinguishing between 2 and 3 items, but not between 4 and […] Continue reading

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