Mathematics

I’m 95% confident I love Statistics ;)

I’m 95% confident I love Statistics ;)

Statistics is the branch of Mathematics concerned with the collection, interpretation and analysis of data. Statistics often enables us to make informed decisions based on the data that has been collected. Data is the name given to a collection of information usually expressed in numerical form. It can be interpreted by using either pictorial or arithmetic methods. Recently the Grade 11’s have learned[Read More…]

by August 23, 2018 High School, Mathematics
Graphing Linear Functions in Grade 10.

Graphing Linear Functions in Grade 10.

During the past week the Grade 10 Mathematics class has been practicing drawing Linear Functions, by using either the “Table Method” or “Intercept Method”. It really helps to visually see the relationship between the x and the y co-ordinates as they are plotted on the Cartesian Plane. A function is a mathematical rule by means of which each element of[Read More…]

by May 19, 2018 High School, Mathematics
Which side will the “x” be on in Linear Inequalities?

Which side will the “x” be on in Linear Inequalities?

The Grade 10 Mathematics students have recently been learning about Linear Inequalities. We have discovered that Inequalities are very similar to Equations but instead of finding just 1 or 2 solutions we can find infinitely many solutions to the problem. Also Inequalities contain a < or > sign whereas an Equation only has an = sign in the problem. For example[Read More…]

by March 15, 2018 High School, Mathematics
“Mathematics is the music of reason.” James Joseph Sylvester

“Mathematics is the music of reason.” James Joseph Sylvester

Grade 8’s have begun the long, and hopefully fruitful journey of High School Mathematics (or Maths Literacy Grade 10-12). Some enter the Maths classroom with trepidation, sure they will stumble at the first request to find that illusive “x”. Others enter the classroom already defeated and sure there is nothing more they can possibly do to understand or enjoy Maths[Read More…]

by March 5, 2018 High School, Mathematics
You’re so Venn…

You’re so Venn…

The last section for the year that we are learning in the Grade 10 Mathematics class is Probability and Venn Diagrams. This section is actually really important to our everyday lives, giving us insight into questions like… ‘What the Weather is going to be like tomorrow?’ or ‘Will the Orlando Pirates win the next Soccer Match?’ The Grade 10’s have learnt[Read More…]

by November 2, 2017 High School, Mathematics
Probability: What are my chances?

Probability: What are my chances?

Have you ever wondered as you look out your window what the chances are that it is going to rain that day? Or what is the possibility of me winning the Lotto? These questions and more can be theoretically answered through the study of Probability. Our Grade 11’s are busy working through this section at the moment in Mathematics. In[Read More…]

by August 24, 2017 High School, Mathematics
Keep calm and ace those exams!

Keep calm and ace those exams!

It is always recommended that just before you start writing a test/exam that you put the body into a focused and relaxed state. During this past week, I have been testing 2 Techniques on the Matrics to help them focus before the exam begins. I have been getting very positive feedback from them, saying that it really helps them to[Read More…]

by June 4, 2017 High School, Mathematics
Money, money, money….it’s not funny when it comes to Maths!

Money, money, money….it’s not funny when it comes to Maths!

We have reached financial Maths in Grade 9 and there was such excitement from the students!… 🙂 It was a bit of a brain stretch to grasp the concept of Simple and Compound Interest.  Then to try and apply that knowledge to financial problems while having the choice of MILLIONS of formula’s (actually only 7) …,well that was one step too[Read More…]

by May 1, 2017 High School, Mathematics
Why is the Linear Inequality always hungry?

Why is the Linear Inequality always hungry?

The Grade 10 Mathematics students have been recently learning about Linear Inequalities. We’ve discovered that Inequalities are very similar to Equations but instead of finding just 1 or 2 solutions we can find infinitely many solutions to the problem. Also Inequalities contain a < or > sign whereas an Equation only has a = sign in the problem. For example x[Read More…]

by March 24, 2017 High School, Mathematics
Completing the Square with Trinom-nom-nom-nomials

Completing the Square with Trinom-nom-nom-nomials

Last week the Grade 11 Mathematics students started Completing the Square for quadratic expressions. Basically we are trying to convert a trinomial (an expression with three terms) into a perfect square binomial (an expression with two terms). The Grade 11’s have been finding this concept quite tricky and they’ve realised it involves a lot of hard work and concentration. This concept[Read More…]

by February 6, 2017 High School, Mathematics