12 Days of Christmas: Day 12 – Perils of Real Life Situations

As this is an extremely late post for the last of the “12 Days of Christmas” series it is very brief. I received this card just after New Year from my aunt: I’ve seen this before but I still find it fairly funny and it is a useful reminder of the problems with trying to […]

12 Days of Christmas: Day 11 – Further Maths Polynomials Cardsort

Over the last couple of years I have particularly enjoyed teaching and writing interesting questions that concern Vieta’s Formulae. These relate the sums of products of roots of polynomials to the coefficients of the polynomial. I have always liked these, and have a very vivid memory of a Russian lecturer in one of my first […]

12 Days of Christmas: Day 10 – Thirdsday

Sometimes being late with posting has it’s advantages! Thursday 3rd January was deemed a day to celebrate the number 1/3. It was named Thirdsday by James Propp (@JimPropp) who has written a fascinating and very detailed post about why he thinks 1/3 deserves more recognition and some interesting facts about 1/3 here. Since this post […]

12 Days of Christmas: Day 9 – Peppa Pig Maths

Watching an episode of Peppa Pig this morning (Season 3, Episode 11) I was quite excited to see the quadratic formula on a board at Daddy Pig’s work. I found it interesting that they wrote it with the notation. I always introduce this notation for the discriminant but have never actually used it in the […]

12 Days of Christmas: Day 8 – Reflections on A-Level Exams 2018

As it is New Year’s Day and I am beginning to think about getting students ready for the next round of exams in May/June it seems a sensible time to share the brief reflections I wrote on the 2018 Series of AS and A-Level mary’s exams. They focus on the AQA papers as that is […]

12 Days of Christmas: Day 7 – A Core Maths Questions

How could you estimate: The total number of lightbulbs on the Nottingham Market Square Christmas Tree (shown below); The ratio of red to green bulbs on this christmas tree?  

12 Days of Christmas: Day 6 – Matrix Transformations

I have some catching up of posts to do so today I shall be sharing 3 fairly short posts. For the first I’m sharing a resource that I have used with both Year 12 Further Mathematicians and Year 11 Level 2 Further Mathematicians. Matrix representations of linear transformations appear in the syllabi for both of […]