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
Puzzle Games in Mathematics!

Puzzle Games in Mathematics!

Puzzles are an important learning tool that can be used with children to enhance child development. The following are just a few of the many benefits that can be gained when using this incredibly well rounded learning tool. Math Skills – Puzzles teach children several basic math concepts as well. While working with a puzzle children learn to categorize and organize pieces[Read More…]

by February 12, 2016 Mathematics
Successful Learning: Peer Learning

Successful Learning: Peer Learning

The Grade 10s are currently teaching themselves Euclidean Geometry! This exercise in self-learning provides them with a great opportunity to see how much they can learn on their own – with the teacher merely acting as a guide when they get stuck. They are all working in pairs and are accountable for each other’s learning. This is what some of[Read More…]

by September 4, 2015 Mathematics
Investigating the Area of a Circle

Investigating the Area of a Circle

Learning a formula like a parrot is useful for the ‘HOW‘… but it’s the ‘WHY‘ that really matters! In Mathematics we investigated why we define the area of a circle by the use of pi times the square of the radius. We looked again at the area of a rectangle – l times b… then at the the area of a[Read More…]

by August 18, 2015 Mathematics
Grade 8 and 9 Mathematics

Grade 8 and 9 Mathematics

The Grade 8s and 9s are going full steam ahead in Mathematics, creating beautiful and useful posters on the sideline! It is always so much more enjoyable to let the students create their own beautiful posters instead of just buying ones and displaying them in the classroom. The Grade 8s and 9s created theirs (in groups) on Pythagoras and Area and Perimeter.[Read More…]

by August 13, 2015 Mathematics
Literal Equations

Literal Equations

The Grade 10’s have started Literal Equations this week. A Literal Equation is one in which letters of the alphabet are used as coefficients and constants. These equations, usually referred to formulae, are used a great deal in Science and Technology. The aim is to solve the equation or formula for a specific letter (or to make that letter the[Read More…]

by April 23, 2015 Mathematics
SMA: Mathematics – The beauty of Mathematics

SMA: Mathematics – The beauty of Mathematics

I constantly get asked this question in class, “Why do I need to know this Ma’am?”. My answer to this question from now on is going to be, “Because it is beautiful.” This is why Maths is beautiful. From sea shells and spiral galaxies to the structure of human lungs, the patterns of chaos are all around us. Fractals are[Read More…]

by March 6, 2015 Mathematics
SMA: Mathematics – Beat the exam blues

SMA: Mathematics – Beat the exam blues

The end of the year exam for Mathematics is always stressful for everyone. Here’s a little bit of light relief to cope with the exam blues: The Grade 9’s have a quick break in between examinations One more week… The end is in sight!

by November 21, 2014 Mathematics
SMA: Mathematics – Dreaded Calculus

SMA: Mathematics – Dreaded Calculus

The Grade 11’s have started off the Matric Maths syllabus with a bang. Calculus is quite a challenging section for most students, but look how much effort they are putting into their work. Keep it up!

by October 30, 2014 Mathematics