#mathsjournalclub Second Poll

Following last weeks successful #mathsjournalclub discussion it is now time to choose the article for the next discussion which will take place at 8pm on Monday 19th October. The poll is at this link, below are the titles and abstracts of the suggested articles: “Train Spotters Paradise” by Dave Hewitt (Mathematics Teaching 140) – Mathematical exploration often […]

Twitter Chats

On the 24th August between 8pm and 9pm the first #mathsjournalclub discussion took place. We were talking about the article “A Glimpse into Secondary Students’ Understanding of Functions” by Brendefur, Hughes and Ely. Discussion was frantic – this is an attempt to provide some kind of record.

ZSL London and It’s Architecture 

Yesterday we went to London Zoo with some friends of ours and aside from having a great day I noticed some great mathematics in the architecture of a few of the buildings.  The one I found most fascinating was the old penguin pool by Berthold Lubetkin, which is now a Grade 1 Listed structure.   […]

Making an M1 Paper Harder

A while ago I posted about “Increasing Cognitive Load at A-Level” where I discussed removing the leading steps from some FP1 questions. I think this is an even more powerful technique for the mechanics modules as these questions can be made significantly more difficult by simply removing the diagram that is attached to the question. I have […]

Timetable2calendar

This coming academic year my school is going to a two week timetable – in an effort to not get confused I wanted to put it in to my iCloud Work Calendar. With it being a two week timetable, punctuated by half terms and holidays this is a non-trivial task and I was expecting to […]

Anscombe’s Quartet

A while ago I was introduced to this by Manan (@shahlock) and meant to blog about it then – only a 4 month delay. In 1973 the statistician Francis Anscombe published this paper concerning the importance of computer visualisations of data. Computer technology has moved on, but his main point about the importance of visualising […]

The First #mathsjournalclub Discussion

On the 24th August between 8pm and 9pm the first #mathsjournalclub discussion took place. We were talking about the article “A Glimpse into Secondary Students’ Understanding of Functions” by Brendefur, Hughes and Ely. Discussion was frantic – this is an attempt to provide some kind of record.

#mathsjournalclub TONIGHT!!!

Very short post today to just promote the first #mathsjournalclub discussion tonight between 8pm and 9pm. We are going to be talking about “A Glimpse into Secondary Students’ Understanding of Functions” by Brendefur, J, Hughes, G and Ely, R which is available here if you haven’t read it yet. Last week I posted some possible themes for the […]

A Bit More on Barnsley’s Fern

After writing my original Matlab program to plot Barnsley’s fern I thought I would look into it in a bit more detail and read his original paper here and have had a play around with the parameters in the program. I have been trying to generate a fern that looks a bit like one that I […]

An Awful MyMaths Homework Question

When I was teaching mean from a frequency table I remember looking on MyMaths and seeing the questions they had (I don’t use MyMaths that much to be honest), and they had this…. Not holding back now…. I think this is an awful question. This is mainly because of the third column that is titled . […]