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
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