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#31 Misterioso

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Posted 11 March 2014 - 19:21

The Left and Right thread is filling up with brainy people asserting that an inability to tell L from R doesn't mean they are dim.
Can I say the same thing on here about my failure to understand a word of most of this one, or is that different? I think I need to breathe into a paper bag!

 

Yes, please say it, mel2!  You are not alone! :(   

 

Fascinating as this conversation is, it is above the subliminal heady heights to us "Lost Ones".   :rolleyes:


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#32 Tenor Viol

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Posted 11 March 2014 - 19:43

Oh-oh....I can feel a polynomial coming on....

 

B :) x

:offTopic: I do remember a twit in the business who thought calculating complex interest was 'simple' (I'm calling him a twit because he didn't accept the advice given by an expert). So my boss, who had a masters in maths, sat him down and talked him through the binomial expansion and how many expressions you needed to get the required level of accuracy...

 

Back to thread...


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#33 corenfa

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Posted 11 March 2014 - 21:49

 

:hides:  :peace2:

:agree: I want to do colouring.

 

OK here you go :) You only need four colours. http://en.wikipedia....r_color_theorem


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#34 jim palmer

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Posted 11 March 2014 - 22:27

If you want to do coloring, you need to brush up your color-maths!

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http://www.colorcube...s/math/math.htm

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#35 BadStrad

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Posted 12 March 2014 - 13:55

Well yet another "brilliant" idea from the government to rescue maths in this country.  Seriously what are they thinking!?

 

Mel - I'm sure if someone sat down with you and went through this you would get it.

 

Tenor Viol - maybe the twit was talking about compound interest, which is simple to calculate.  (I don't know what complex interest is).


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Posted 12 March 2014 - 14:12

Oh dear - what have they come up with now?


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#37 mel2

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Posted 12 March 2014 - 14:18

Oh dear - what have they come up with now?

 

I think BadStrad is referring to an initiative to parachute in some Chinese teachers to show the British How It's Done.

Chinese maths; that's all we need!


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Posted 12 March 2014 - 14:20

If you want to do coloring, you need to brush up your color-maths!

 

http://www.colorcube...s/math/math.htm

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It's not called colouring now - it's poly-chromatic rendering!


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Posted 12 March 2014 - 14:24

 

Oh dear - what have they come up with now?

 

I think BadStrad is referring to an initiative to parachute in some Chinese teachers to show the British How It's Done.

Chinese maths; that's all we need!

 

Give me strength!  


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#40 stetenorve

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Posted 12 March 2014 - 16:45

Oh-oh....I can feel a polynomial coming on....
 
B :) x


You can get ointment for that!
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Posted 12 March 2014 - 18:33

Well yet another "brilliant" idea from the government to rescue maths in this country.  Seriously what are they thinking!?

 

 

 

One minute looking at how they teach Maths in Asia would convince you that this was a very good idea indeed


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Posted 12 March 2014 - 19:30

 

 

:agree: I want to do colouring.

 

 

You'd be surprised how many A level (maths) students enjoy a bit of colouring in too.

 

 

And with just four colours you can colour any map, without ever having the same colour on both sides of a boundary!

 

OIr so they say, because although I know it has been proved, I have never managed it with any significant real world map.  Knowing that something is possible, or even proving it so, and being able to do it are quite different things.


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Posted 12 March 2014 - 19:32

Well yet another "brilliant" idea from the government to rescue maths in this country.  Seriously what are they thinking!?

 

 

i was not aware that intelligent thought was a necessary attribute of a politician.  In fact I suspect it would be a disadvantage, as it would make it harder for them to lie so blatantly, and come up with the rubbish that they foist on us.


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Posted 12 March 2014 - 19:45

 

Well yet another "brilliant" idea from the government to rescue maths in this country.  Seriously what are they thinking!?

 

One minute looking at how they teach Maths in Asia would convince you that this was a very good idea indeed

I am not criticising how maths is taught in Asia (as I don't really have any experience of that, but this http://www.bbc.co.uk...wise/0/24925787 looks alot like how I was taught years ago).  It's just the idea that 60 teachers can miraculously "fix" maths learning in the UK that makes me despair.


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Posted 12 March 2014 - 20:43

:agree: And even if the general UK population were not so good at maths, does it actually matter? How many times have I needed quadratic equations and algebra since I left school? None!

 

Good for the Chinese and their maths - different cultures are good at different things and have different priorities - why does everything have to turn into a silly competition?!!!


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