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
Mathematics off with a BANG

Mathematics off with a BANG

The Maths department is starting the term off with a bang! The Grade 12’s were astounded when they found out that they had been given homework on the first day of term. The Grade 10’s are starting to learn about the number system which will greatly help them in the future when we go onto the more challenging section of Algebra.[Read More…]

by January 22, 2017 High School, Mathematics
Calculus? Easy as π

Calculus? Easy as π

Calculus can be defined as the study of the “rate of change”. This is a very useful concept as it is revisited many times in Tertiary Studies involving the Science and Business fields. If you want to be an astronautical engineer, a pharmacist, an actuary or a biologist – you need calculus! One of the most practical uses of Calculus[Read More…]

by October 25, 2016 High School, Mathematics
‘Algebra Schmalgebra’

‘Algebra Schmalgebra’

If you ever find yourself wandering past our Grade 8 or Grade 9 classroom please do not panic when you detect a burning smell.  This has nothing to do with any Natural Science experiment, but is in fact due to the huge amount of brain power going on within the class… High School Mathematics is not for sissies! Pythagorean triples, trapezium[Read More…]

by September 8, 2016 Mathematics
Learning About Linear Functions

Learning About Linear Functions

A function is a rule by means of which each element of x is associated with only one element of y. It is possible to “draw” these functions on a Cartesian Plane using x and y co-ordinates. During the past week the Grade 10 Mathematics class has been practicing drawing Linear Functions, by using either the “Table Method” or “Intercept[Read More…]

by July 27, 2016 High School, Mathematics
What is Trigonometry all About?

What is Trigonometry all About?

A large and important section in the Senior Mathematics syllabus is Trigonometry. But why is this section so important? Just about every bit of technology you use involves it.  If you listen to a weather forecast to see what the weather’s going to be, that is calculated using trigonometry.  If you drive a car or fly in a plane, that ability[Read More…]

by May 13, 2016 High School, Mathematics
A Neat Book in Mathematics is Key

A Neat Book in Mathematics is Key

Since there are so many new Mathematical concepts learned on a daily basis it is very important to keep a neat, organised workbook for class. Recently the Grade 10-12s did a session on “Ways to improve Study Techniques” and they learned that the most important way is to change what the class teacher says into your own, more understandable words.[Read More…]

by March 3, 2016 High School, Mathematics