This afternoon the second meeting of the “Mathematics Matters @ UTS” Club will occur.

I intend to share this article with those attending, as I endeavour to foster the enthusiasm I hold for many things mathematical.

Stimuli to Achieve in Mathematics

This afternoon the second meeting of the “Mathematics Matters @ UTS” Club will occur.

I intend to share this article with those attending, as I endeavour to foster the enthusiasm I hold for many things mathematical.

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An electrician needs to install 8 light poles. The holes are each 450mm in diameter and 1.2m deep. How much concrete does he need to order to fill the holes, when he can only order it to the nearest 0.5 cubic metre?

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Thank you Dan for this approach.

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I was fascinated to see this on a map in Hong Kong. Not only is each axis a different scale but each uses different units too.

A definite attempt to be meaningful for people from all countries of the world.

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I particularly enjoy listening to Adam Spencer when he discusses various mathematical topics on the morning radio.

This week he was talking about the largest prime number, at this point of time.

The graph shows how many digits the largest prime number has had over the years.

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Here’s another practical use of Mathematics. Cathy Freeman ran 400m in 49.11seconds on 25/9/2000. That can be calculated as m/s or km/h etc.

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I always manage to notice more examples of Mathematics in the newspapers over the holidays.

Last week I saw that the Toyota Prius averages 4.4L/100km and costs just under $36000. As a comparison the Holden Cruze averages 6.6L/100km and costs approximately $22000 for the base model. I asked Year 9 to work out how many kilometres a Prius needs to be driven for the petrol savings to equal the lower cost of the Cruze. Then we had a good discussion about being environmentally considerate.

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