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Pat'sBlog: On This Day in Math - July 9

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1857 Weierstrass, in inaugural speech at Berlin Academy, stated that mathematics occupies an especially high place http://t.co/AuRy9dHqkr

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Laurence Cuffe's curator insight, July 10, 2013 7:14 AM

Some interesting facts here, particularly as you get towards the end of the blog entry. Warning however it is long and not that interesting

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Math lovers, unite......interesting blog, keep up the good job
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Relax, there's nothing to fear in mathematics but fear itself - Brisbane Times

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Relax, there's nothing to fear in mathematics but fear itself
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Maths is valued because it is considered an indicator of intelligence, so showing poor mathematical ability has implications for how smart you will be perceived to be.

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Laurence Cuffe's curator insight, July 29, 2013 8:03 AM

Culturaly I wonder how diverse maths anxiety is and whether it comes out in different forms depending on the society which the students is in?

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Mathematics Posters

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A consistently popular post on this blog is the one on Mathematics posters. An excellent new addition to the list of sources of free posters is Jenny Eather's Maths Charts  which includes over 200 ...

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Laurence Cuffe's curator insight, August 27, 2013 2:36 PM

This site is very adictive. Lits of short mats ideas in visual form

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If people do not believe that mathematics is simple, it is only... - but ...

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If people do not believe that mathematics is simple, it is only because they do not realize how complicated life is. Scanning Electron Micrographs of Diatoms Title: John von Neumann. Folkert. (7,208 views) Filed under Diatoms, algae, ...

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Laurence Cuffe's curator insight, October 27, 2013 9:53 AM

A set of amizing images

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MEDIAN Don Steward secondary maths teaching: increasing facility with directed numbers

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Mastery Learning in secondary maths- re-imagining everything from first principles | Great Maths Teaching Ideas

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17 Photographs That Display Perfect Symmetry #MashPics

17 Photographs That Display Perfect Symmetry #MashPics | Mathematics Education | Scoop.it
Take a look at these 17 amazing symmetry photos that we selected for this week's 'Mashable' Photo Challenge.

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William Emeny's curator insight, November 10, 2013 2:39 AM

17 phtographs that display perfect symmetry? Except... they don't! I think the journalist needs to go back to school! Good pics for a symmetry lesson and a discussion why they're not perfect

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Ulam Spiral - Numberphile - Videos about Numbers and Stuff

Short videos about numbers, maths and all sorts of other numbery stuff. We'll make you love numbers!

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William Emeny's curator insight, November 16, 2013 3:26 AM

Amazing video about Prime Number Spirals. Beautiful stuff!

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MEDIAN Don Steward secondary maths teaching: sine rule

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William Emeny's curator insight, November 19, 2013 1:57 PM

Some useful contextual sine rule questions

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Parents Take To Social Media With Kid’s Common Core Math Homework K-8

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Under Common Core, weekend homework has taken a new meaning.


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Jack Rudy's curator insight, December 17, 2013 4:20 PM

This is a very interesting article. This article talks about how some parents are not happy with the common core and how the math is being presented to the students. I have some mixed feelings about it as well but what I see as the overwhelming value is the fact that it needs to show the students understanding over their knowledge. Many parents are having trouble with the common core because it was not how the information was presented to them so they dont know how to assist the students when they bring the work home. I would agree, the verbage of the math problems in common core are confusing and very open. I think that this will in the long run build more rounded students and students that can think fully to solve a problem instead of taking a one path mind. I feel that this shows that parent need to be educated on the goals and processes of the common core so everyone is on the same page. This can also show the benefits of a flipped classroom because students can do problems like this as school work where teachers can assist them in understanding the way that the problems are stated.

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The Writers Vineyard: How Math Inspires Writing

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I've been asked to write about how math influences my creative process, so here goes!

As many of you know, I am a math and computer programming geek. It's such a serious hobby I take university courses part time to keep feeding it. Granted, that also complements my day job as a tutor, and creates all kinds of pockets through the day for writing, but it's more than just opening a text book now and again and doing some exercises.

At one time I thought I'd become a mathematician. I've had the pleasure of doing full-time research last summer to experience what it's like to take a math problem and explore it, and it was lots of fun. Although the problem was mathematical, I spent most of the summer developing a computer program to explore the problem. And, of course, I kept writing!

How do these two seemingly-different areas actually work together?

First of all, math is a language. Arguable, it is the purest of all languages (some have called it "the language of God"), and the evolution of mathematics is really the process of discovering how to express, in language, what is true. The study of mathematics is really, then, the study of how the structures of this world are ordered, and that includes what is logical or illogical. In order to get to the bottom of this, one must spend time thinking, and that is the most important thing mathematics has taught me.


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Charles Tiayon's curator insight, November 22, 2013 2:31 PM

I've been asked to write about how math influences my creative process, so here goes!

As many of you know, I am a math and computer programming geek. It's such a serious hobby I take university courses part time to keep feeding it. Granted, that also complements my day job as a tutor, and creates all kinds of pockets through the day for writing, but it's more than just opening a text book now and again and doing some exercises.

At one time I thought I'd become a mathematician. I've had the pleasure of doing full-time research last summer to experience what it's like to take a math problem and explore it, and it was lots of fun. Although the problem was mathematical, I spent most of the summer developing a computer program to explore the problem. And, of course, I kept writing!

How do these two seemingly-different areas actually work together?

First of all, math is a language. Arguable, it is the purest of all languages (some have called it "the language of God"), and the evolution of mathematics is really the process of discovering how to express, in language, what is true. The study of mathematics is really, then, the study of how the structures of this world are ordered, and that includes what is logical or illogical. In order to get to the bottom of this, one must spend time thinking, and that is the most important thing mathematics has taught me.

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Math@Work: Connecting Math to 21st Century Careers

Math@Work: Connecting Math to 21st Century Careers | Mathematics Education | Scoop.it
Scholastic's Math@Work is a web series that ties students' classroom learning to their career aspirations. Don't miss our premiere webisode on fashion design, featuring Project Runway's Tim Gunn!

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John Dalziel's curator insight, November 24, 2013 5:08 PM

Math@Work is a video series from Scholastic. The seven part series shows learners how maths is used in fashion design.
Even if learners don't have any interest in fashion design, showing them a clip or two from this series could be good way to get them to start thinking about how mathematics appears in career fields that they might not expect.
Functional Skills may be more engaging for learners if they are challenged to find other careers that incorporate mathematics even though it might not be obvious.

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Japan’s exam-taking robot does alright on mathematic test run

Japan’s exam-taking robot does alright on mathematic test run | Mathematics Education | Scoop.it
An artificial intelligence system under development by the Japanese government and several technology companies successfully answered 4 of 10 math questions on a sample college entrance exam, according to a press release from project member Fujitsu...

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7 Greatest Mathematics of All Time - Siliconindia.com

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Euler, considered to be on par with Albert Einstein in terms of intelligence level, introduced most of the contemporary mathematical terminology and notation, particularly for mathematical analysis.

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Doubt, proof, and what it means to do mathematics - Casting Out ...

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This is a really fascinating way to frame the nature of mathematical proof and what it means to do mathematics in the first place: as a back-and-forth tension between certainty and uncertainty. The clarity of this description ...

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Devlin's Angle: “Will this (mathematics) be of any use?”

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“Will this (mathematics) be of any use?” by @profkeithdevlin http://t.co/IlqrhrK4ON #mathchat #nsa

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Laurence Cuffe's curator insight, August 2, 2013 5:08 PM

Kieth Devlin is a mathematician I have a lot of respect for since I took his online course in college mathematics. This is his take on the sometimes sinister roles that mathematics can take on the the moderrn world.

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Watch this: The beautiful math behind everyday events

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Math is everywhere. Every time you drop sugar in your coffee, every time a plane takes to the sky, and every time you roll the dice, there's math to explain what is happening and, often, why. A...

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Laurence Cuffe's curator insight, November 1, 2013 10:13 AM

Nicely put together. Could start a class.

Sylvia dz's curator insight, November 24, 2013 1:37 PM

I think that this video would be great in a classroom because there are so many times I know that I struggle to show the connection between the real world and the math that we are working on. This video does this beautifully because it shows the math, diagram, and real life event simultaneously. I think that this could be used on the first day of class or the last day of class to show students that there are truly connections to the real world and that math really does explain a lot of things that happen in out daily lives.

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I like these WARM-UPS / Starters from MathsBox

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MathsBox Warmups, what a superb idea!  These warmups are definitely something that will keep students engaged and on their toes.  I have looked at the higher GCSE warmups and I am sure that my stud...

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William Emeny's curator insight, November 4, 2013 1:55 AM

Brilliant site for starters

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27 Simple Ways To Check For Understanding

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27 Simple Ways To Check For Understanding

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William Emeny's curator insight, November 10, 2013 7:07 AM

A nice infographic about AFL

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Christmas Mathematics lessons

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MathsYear7 - Christmas Maths.

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Self and Peer Assessment scaffolding sheets | Great Maths Teaching Ideas

Self and Peer Assessment scaffolding sheets | Great Maths Teaching Ideas | Mathematics Education | Scoop.it

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William Emeny's curator insight, November 17, 2013 1:22 PM

Idea to improve the quality of feedback given during self and peer assessment

Rakhee Cherian's curator insight, December 7, 2013 5:11 PM

This article helped me think about a new perspecitive. Not just thinking how I can directly help the student but also how they can help themselves. Or get help from other peers. It was good for me to realize that they can get help from many places. And sometimes working with their peers can be effective for them build confidence and learn. I thought the charts were an effective way of also making the students think about themselves. And although exploring my own thoughts have always been difficult for me Ive realized that is can be an effective way to grow and find new understanding. This article gave me some good ideas. And especially allowed me to think of a few of my own. And hopefully when I can become a teacher I will be able to expand my horizons about skills and activities to help my students. 

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MEDIAN Don Steward secondary maths teaching: sine rule

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William Emeny's curator insight, November 19, 2013 1:57 PM

Some useful contextual sine rule questions

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Just Watching A Man Run A Study Group Makes Women Worse At Math

Just Watching A Man Run A Study Group Makes Women Worse At Math | Mathematics Education | Scoop.it
Just watching a male dominate a math interaction can make women perform poorly on a math test. The stereotype threat is holding women back from STEM careers.

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malek's curator insight, November 21, 2013 7:25 PM

A recent research confirm it's a stereotype. Women feel stereotype threat and perform more poorly in math as they see men in a dominent role in math class

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Free Mathematica on Raspberry Pi - DecryptedTech

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Free Mathematica on Raspberry Pi DecryptedTech The organization Raspberry Pi Foundation, which is behind the popular miniature enthusiast computer Raspberry Pi, announced the news on the conclusion of partnership with Wolfram Research, during a...

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WIRED: Sudden Progress on Prime Number Problem Has Mathematicians Buzzing

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On May 13, an obscure mathematician — one whose talents had gone so unrecognized that he had worked at a Subway restaurant to make ends meet — garnered worldwide attention and accolades from the mathematics community for settling a long-standing open question about prime numbers, those numbers divisible by only one and themselves. Yitang Zhang, a lecturer at the University of New Hampshire, showed that even though primes get increasingly rare as you go further out along the number line, you will never stop finding pairs of primes separated by at most 70 million. His finding was the first time anyone had managed to put a finite bound on the gaps between prime numbers, representing a major leap toward proving the centuries-old twin primes conjecture, which posits that there are infinitely many pairs of primes separated by only two (such as 11 and 13).

 

In the months that followed, Zhang found himself caught up in a whirlwind of activity and excitement: He has lectured on his work at many of the nation’s preeminent universities, has received offers of jobs from top institutions in China and Taiwan and a visiting position at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., and has been told that he will be promoted to full professor at the University of New Hampshire.

 

Meanwhile, Zhang’s work raised a question: Why 70 million? There is nothing magical about that number — it served Zhang’s purposes and simplified his proof. Other mathematicians quickly realized that it should be possible to push this separation bound quite a bit lower.

 

By the end of May, mathematicians had uncovered simple tweaks to Zhang’s argument that brought the bound below 60 million. A May 30blog post by Scott Morrison of the Australian National University in Canberra ignited a firestorm of activity, as mathematicians vied to improve on this number, setting one record after another. By June 4, Terence Tao of the University of California, Los Angeles, a winner of the Fields Medal, mathematics’ highest honor, had created a “Polymath project,” an open, online collaboration to improve the bound that attracted dozens of participants.

 

For weeks, the project moved forward at a breathless pace. “At times, the bound was going down every thirty minutes,” Tao recalled. By July 27, the team had succeeded in reducing the proven bound on prime gaps from 70 million to 4,680. Now, a preprint posted to arXiv.org on November 19 by James Maynard has upped the ante. Just months after Zhang announced his result, Maynard has presented an independent proof that pushes the gap down to 600. A new Polymath project is in the planning stages, to try to combine the collaboration’s techniques with Maynard’s approach to push this bound even lower.


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