Five Top Maths Tips

Layla Moran, an OSC Academic Manager and IB Maths and Physics teacher, imparts her top five Maths tips to help you get through your exams. 1. Get your calculator sorted The IB has very strict guidelines about what can and cannot be on your calculator. If an invigilator clears it during the exam, are you confident you know how to change the settings to what you like quickly? TIP: Practicing this is worth spending 10 minutes of your time doing. Ask your maths teacher to show you ...

The dull number 1729 and Futurama

  Yesterday the BBC published a curious article "Why is the number 1729 hidden in Futurama episodes?". It is written by Simon Singh whose popular books about mathematics and science have been hugely successful. Some of them were made in very interesting documentaries like "Fermat's Last Theorem" and "The Science of Secrecy". His latest book is "The Simpsons and their mathematical secrets" :-) Some more information about the appearances of this "dull" number in Futurama are collected by its fans here. Mathematicians, not surprisingly, are interested ...

The Year of the (Mathematical) Exploration

This will be my first post aimed at colleagues teaching Mathematics for the IBDP  and I feel humbled and privileged by the task. I have no difficulties in identifying one of the most burning area of concern for us. In our school we are in the beginning  of  the process of developing the mathematical explorations for the first students (HL and SL), my students (most of them at least :-P ) have just submitted their outlines. We expect them to submit a ...