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...Working out a method to calculate future Easter Sundays was a difficult task, as it takes 5,700,000 years for the sequence of Easter dates to repeat itself. In...
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...You can calculate your BMI quite easily, using the method that David describes in his letter. A value between 18.5 and 24.9 is said to be healthy. Yet this is...
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...As you say, [Helen, Hexham], one of the most widespread superstitions is the belief that the number 13 is unlucky. Many hotels and office buildings do not have...
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...and so on with each new verse adding something new. The song The Twelve Days of Christmas has its origins in 16th Century England, when catholics were...
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...These popular knot patterns came from the Lindisfarne Gospels. These complex designs allow you to have different sized borders, with the ratio of the sides of...
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...In the case of [Jill Halfpenny] this gives 13 (4+9) and then four (1+3). A typical four result means that Jill Halfpenny is reliable. The first correct answer...
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...I find it hard to convince my son that maths is worth studying beyond school. He enjoys using his computer and wants to do something in IT. Are there any other...
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...I play darts on an evening at my local pub. Can you tell me about the history of the numbering on the dartboard and any maths which can be used to help improve...
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...In 1873, [Joseph Jaggers] went to the Monte Carlo casino and, by recording the results of the roulette wheels, was able to show they had a bias towards certain...
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...Glen showed me his method to solve the puzzle at my Maths in the Malls event in the Metro Centre on July 15 and 16. Here is a puzzle for you to try, it was...
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...As well as being good exercise for the brain, some of the hardest maths puzzles have changed our world. The great Scottish physicist and mathematician James...
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...I was watching the Richard and Judy Show and heard Carol Vorderman talking about the new Sudoku craze in the newspapers. She said that Sudoku has nothing to do...
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...If you look at the roof of The Sage you will see a wave-like pattern. The peak of the wave is the outside of the doughnut and the trough is the inside. By...
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...The Swiss mathematician Daniel Bernoulli created a theory in the 18th Century that explains why a dimpled ball creates a smaller wake of low pressure. On a...
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...In a TV show called Let's Make A Deal hosted by Monty Hall, there is a game with three closed doors. Behind one door is money, while the other two conceal...
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...The KS3 syllabus involves a range of mathematical tasks, all of which give a good foundation for students on their way to GCSE. In this way KS3 sets the scene...
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...In fact the definition of a labyrinth is a maze with only one path to the centre. Most mazes encourages you to make decisions. Should I turn right? Turn left?...
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...[Roger Penrose] tiling was discovered in 1974 and is called quasi- symmetry because remarkably the pattern never repeats. The Penrose tessellation is made up...
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...NDo you have a maths question? Write to Dr Maths, Evening Chronicle, Groat Market, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1ED or e-mail steve.humble@ncl-coll.ac.uk Patterns...
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...[Maths] is all about patterns. Playing with puzzles is a great way to improve children's interest and ability in maths. One of my favourite puzzles is called...