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van Aubel's Theorem
This is one of the cutest pieces of geometry I know. It has all the right ingredients, simple...Editor's Pick
A Problem Halved: the Trouble with Fractions
We see fractions all around us in everyday life: “Add a quarter of a litre...” or “One tenth of...Editor's Pick
Why would you want a maths tutor?
Perhaps the first question should be, “Why would you want maths?” Well, in order to answer that,...Fresh Articles

Are wordwalls useful in mathematics teaching?
My first impressions. as a secondary trained mathematics teacher, is that Wordwalls are more appropriate for use in the primary classroom. After picking a template, the teacher then enters appropriate content and finally chooses a game. I will, without apology, home in on integral calculus with the teaching of rates of change and... 
Multiplication and division
WRITTEN MULTIPLICATION 25 X 45 (GRID METHOD) Each number is divided into 'tens' and 'units' and then set out in a grid as shown below: _X_ _20  5  40  800  200 1000 ... 
Logarithm and Exponential functions
Log and Exponential functions For your exam, you will be expected to understand and be comfortable with both the logarithm and the exponential functions. This is a quick overview of where these functions come from and how to manipulate them in the context of basic calculus. Exponential functions A function where the independent... 
Revision tips for March ^{Editor's Pick}
March is the month for not panicking! Don't panic! (Old cultural reference.) I am going to start by saying that exams are not that important. They are important but not 'that' important. The most important thing is your health and wellbeing. If you do not look after your own health then you will not find other people queuing up to... 
Book Review: Mathematical Models
Mathematical Models H M Cundy and A P Rollett This book, which by now must be regarded as a classic, encourages the student (or teacher) to get pencil, paper, scissors and glue to explore Mathematics in a practical way. The section on models in plane geometry contains discussions on loci and envelopes, paperfolding, knots and plane... 
The Benefits of Understanding Mathematics
Mathematics is a fascinating subject which teaches students to think clearly and logically. It is impossible to be a ‘woolly thinker’ in Maths, which is one of the reasons it is highly prized as a qualification. In our present age, where emotions and selfexpression are often prioritised, it is important that people understand the... 
Changing Education and Making it Real
Orphaned orangutans needed to improve their climbing skills – could students design a way to get them back to their swinging best? Some of the world’s most intelligent and emotional primates, orangutans are more similar to humans than some people would like to think.Yet despite this, humans are the biggest single threat to orangutan... 
Books for advanced level mathematics
The EDEXCEL Alevel mathematics course produces a series of books with a style I can recommend. The subject is presented in a logical manner with clarity and a number of different styles of question on each topic, well annotated. Authors L.Bostock and S.Chandler have produced classic books for Alevel. Core Maths is a good... 
Limits in Maths: What are they? ^{Editor's Pick}
What is a limit? When a person reaches his or her limit then they can say all I can do is this much and can quantify the amount they can do. Well, in maths it is the same scenario. Certain functions which are 'told' to keep going or x>infinity. f(x) or y will reach a limit. This is true for when we have an inverse exponential... 
Work on your speed for a top grade
Top Tip for Top Grade I meet many students who feel satisfied when they understand a mathematical concept, and feel no need to practise further. Though it's important to understand concepts for relevance, problemsolving and a foundation for further understanding, for a top grade in exams it isn't good enough. For top grades you...
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