Mathematics

SMA: Turning our favourite ideas into shapes in Mathematics

SMA: Turning our favourite ideas into shapes in Mathematics

During the past couple of weeks, the Grade 8’s and 9’s have been learning about Space and Shape in Mathematics. They were given the task in class to create a nonagon with all their likes and dislikes. Much fun was had by all AND real learning was evident in Maths concepts and self awareness.  

by September 5, 2014 Mathematics
Why Are Soccer Balls Made of Hexagons?

Why Are Soccer Balls Made of Hexagons?

Soccer balls have come a long way since the days of inflated pigs bladders wrapped in leather. Balls were originally sewn up with laces and were much heavier than the balls of today. Charles Goodyear paved the way for the modern football when he started making soccer balls with his patented vulcanized rubber. Using leather as their material, manufacturers eventually[Read More…]

by August 15, 2014 Information Technology, Mathematics
SMA: Mathematics – Grade 10 Self Learning

SMA: Mathematics – Grade 10 Self Learning

The Grade 10’s are currently teaching themselves trigonometry! 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 April 29, 2014 Mathematics
Pi Day Festivities

Pi Day Festivities

Last week Friday was International Pi Day and the Grade 10’s had a fun day full of pi’s and fun! Well done to Emma-Jean for taking down the competition and remembering 89 digits of pi!

by March 18, 2014 Mathematics
“If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path. ” – Gautama Buddha

“If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path. ” – Gautama Buddha

“It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.” Napoleon Hill In a world that only knows how to win, only responds to “the best” and doesn’t have time to share, it is such a blessing and a privilege for me as a teacher to see students who act in direct contrast to[Read More…]

by March 11, 2014 Mathematics
Why do I need Maths??

Why do I need Maths??

I constantly get asked this question in class, “Why do I need to know this Maam?”. My answer to this question from now on is going to be, “Because it is beautiful.” This is why Maths is beautiful. (Matrics, this will help you for your next short item.) From sea shells and spiral galaxies to the structure of human lungs,[Read More…]

by March 4, 2014 Mathematics
Student-led learning in Mathematics

Student-led learning in Mathematics

We will let the video do all the talking – watch Dillon de Bruyn, a Grade 10 student, lead the class on how to add algebraic fractions. Click on the picture below to watch the video.

by February 11, 2014 Mathematics
Running into walls

Running into walls

This week the Matrics are learning about momentum (a quantity that relates an objects mass with its velocity). Dylan demonstrates the principle of “Conservation of Momentum” and elastic (or inelastic) collisions  for us below. (Click on the picture).   Have a great week everyone!    

by February 3, 2014 Mathematics
Circles

Circles

A circle is a simple shape of Euclidean Geometry that is the set of all points in a plane that are a given distance from a given point, the centre.  The distance between any of the points and the centre is called the radius. A circle is a simple closed curve which divides the plane into two regions: the interior[Read More…]

by July 18, 2013 Mathematics
Think about this:

Think about this:

Compare Mathematics to the act of running a race. We all can run – some faster than others.  We all did Maths up to Grade 9 (Std 7) at school – some attained better results than others. Most of us participated in races at the inter house athletics days (the exams you wrote) and some won, others came second, third,[Read More…]

by June 19, 2013 Mathematics