# UoDEdushare

December 2, 2015
by Andrew Hughes

## Christmaths!

It’s that time of year again. Everything seems to be Christmas themed, and not being one to rock the boat, I think it’s time to investigate the maths behind Christmas! Snowflakes are something which from a young age have fascinated me. Although this may have been mostly due to their unparalleled ability to form snowballs […] Continue reading

November 4, 2015
by Andrew Hughes
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## It’s maths, Jim, but not as we know it…

When a string is plucked, it vibrates at a particular rate creating a note. A familiar concept to violinists, guitarists, cellists and…well anybody who plays a stringed instrument, and I’m sure anyone who has ever fired an elastic band across a room. The rate at which this string vibrates is known as the frequency (determined […] Continue reading

October 27, 2015
by Andrew Hughes

## Base Jumping

Imagine we had been born with 12 fingers. An odd thought I admit but allow me to explain. We work in a base 10 number system in mathematics which uses ten digits (0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9), but it wasn’t always this way and nor is it this way everywhere in the world. Binary, for example, is a base 2 number […] Continue reading

October 20, 2015
by Andrew Hughes
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## I Hate Maths

“I hate maths.” I’ve heard it a hundred times before. In fact if you’re a parent or teacher or have anything to do with children, you’ve probably heard it too. But why? What is it about mathematics we find so dislikeable? To me, the answer is simple. We are not teaching maths. Of course, there […] Continue reading