Category Archives: Interweb et al

My interactions in cyberspace.

Ideas for revision and exams for students

This is a distillation of my presentations in November 2016 to the Maths in Action days run by The Training Partnership in London and Warwick and to the Coopers Company and Coborn School in January 2017. A teacher version is here. KNOW WHAT … Continue reading

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Ideas for revision and exams for teachers

This is a distillation of my presentations in November 2016 to the Maths in Action days run by The Training Partnership in London and Warwick. A student version is here.   KNOW WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Topic guide – issue it, … Continue reading

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Pat the Post meets Mack the Knife

Towards the end of February, I was much amused by a tweet from mathematician Rob Eastaway: A quick rummage on the keyboard confirmed his find and that actually the basic tunes were very similar. A quick moment in trusty old Sibelius helped … Continue reading

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Rob Eastaway’s Dinner Table Problem

An ever so very slightly embroidered recounting of the problem It is party time chez Eastaway as one of the nation’s favourite mathematicians Rob and his wife have invited six people round for dinner. The desserts have been cleared and … Continue reading

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Musical Analysis of Bird Song

There has long been an association between music and birdsong; the twentieth century French composer Olivier Messiaen is well known for his use of carefully observed bird calls in his music, as explored in this short film by the London … Continue reading

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Simple guide to twitter

I have been on Twitter for nearly five years now, tweeted several thousand times and have over a hundred real followers. At the behest of a Facebook friend, here is a step by step guide. 1. Usernames All usernames on … Continue reading

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The Perfect Snowman

During the surprisingly seasonal cold snap at the start of 2013, which brought the country to its usual grinding halt, the inestimable Dr Grime posed a question on twitter as to how one should form the most perfectly spherical ball … Continue reading

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Rob Eastaway’s Triangle Challenge

A couple of weeks ago the mathematician, author and all-round nice chap, Rob Eastaway tweeted a question which fitted perfectly with the next topic for my Year Seven top set: “What happens if you give an irregular triangle to a … Continue reading

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Words and Numbers 3

A recent tweet, by the author and mathematician Rob Eastaway, requested important non-sporting occurrences of coin tossing. I got a little carried away and, half an hour of internetary later, had found a whole gaggle of stories, mostly very sad … Continue reading

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Words and Numbers 1

A few weeks ago I was given time off for good behaviour and allowed out from school to go on a training course. Myself and another chap [resplendent in short black skirt, long hair and make-up: it is interesting how … Continue reading

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