Apparently I’ve got multiple intelligences! That’s awesome but what are they?

5 05 2010

You knew it all along. You are so smart you can’t use just one measure of intelligence to measure your brain power. You are a complex, multi-faceted genius and you need to measure your greatness in many ways. Read the rest of this entry »

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What do you call a Geometry Teacher that converts to Christianity?

4 05 2010

An Anglecan!

Credit goes to LiberateLiberty on Twitter for this corker.

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Puzzle: How fast are the trains?

3 05 2010

Two trains start at the same time, one from London to Liverpool, the other from Liverpool to Lon­don. If they arrive at their destinations one hour and four hours respectively after passing one anoth­er, how much faster is one train running than the other?

If you can solve this tricky puzzle explain your answer in the comments section below!

This puzzle was taken from “Amusements in Mathematics” by Henry Ernest Dudeny.

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Divisibility tricks

2 05 2010

Is 6783043998 divisible by 3 without getting a remainder? Is it divisible by 7, 9 or 11? You don’t have to resort to the calculator to work this out, there are some great tricks for testing the divisibility of numbers.

Here’s the rules for checking divisibility by numbers between 1 and 10: Read the rest of this entry »





Reliving your childhood…Spirograph

2 05 2010

Is there anything more satisfying than producing a perfect Spirograph?!!! Do you remember the frustration of getting half way through and then the little cog slipping off the big one?!!!

Well now you can relive the fun and get perfect Spirographs every time: http://www.benjoffe.com/code/toys/spirograph/.

Click the little cog icon on the top right hand side, adjust the settings then click it again and off you go! Email a copy of your best creations to yourfriendlymathstutor@googlemail.com and we’ll put a selection of the very best on our website!

If you are brave enough to look into the maths behind Spirograph (including hypocycloids!), check out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirograph

Have fun!

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A new unit of measurement- The Tesco

28 04 2010

It’s difficult to imagine what £1.4 trillion actually looks like. That’s approximately the value of everything produced in the UK in one year (the GDP). I find it very hard to imagine how big sums of money are once they get above a few thousand pounds and I don’t think I’m alone. There is an excellent solution to this problem published this week on the BBC website: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/8638714.stm

Rather than thinking about large sums of money in pounds, we need to think of it in terms of Tescos. The Tesco is a great new unit of measurement! Read the rest of this entry »





Our first puzzle- What’s the time?

27 04 2010

We’ll regularly be posting puzzles on our website to test your maths brains! We’ll try to make them easy enough so everyone can understand but challenging enough to make everyone have to think hard! Once you’ve worked out the answer share it and how you worked it out with the world by writing it in the comments section below!

What’s the time?

How many minutes is it until six o’clock if fifty minutes ago it was four times as many minutes past three o’clock?

If you can work it out, explain your answer in the comments section below!

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