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Singapore Math

1M ago

Political Pi
When π thought that she’d never want to be associated with gun violence and senseless death, was she just being politically positive or naive?
Pi’s fear has now come true. Without repeated funding from gun manufacturers and pollution-enabled organizations, an obscene number of morally corrupt halfwitted lawmakers in TrumpLand would never get elected or reelected.
Even as you’re reading this, the odds of another senseless shooting or tragedy currently being witnessed in some red-pilled states are anything but zero.
It looks like if only those GOP selfish lawmakers and the ..read more

Singapore Math

1M ago

@pickover on 9/23/24
What about a math joke that could in itself be treated as a kind of math joke? A so-called metamath joke.
Admit it! It’s not uncommon that sometimes it takes a while before you can get a math joke, especially if it relies on some basic knowledge of advanced or abstract (or abstruse) math.
Experiencing that aha! takes a little longer. For novices, a mature or sophisticated math joke wouldn’t spark much mathematical joy in them—it seems or sounds more like a boring math textbook or a vanilla math teacher than anything else.
Of course, there are some math jokes that ar ..read more

Singapore Math

4M ago

Cartoon © Anon. (being memeified)
I admit that I’m guilty of ageism, but I make zero apologies for exposing criminality or hypocrisy, especially among (past and present) heads of state.
For the majority of us, oft-reluctant law-abiding citizens of the world, few would admit that the criminal mind is a “creative” mind in disguise—one that we’d learn a thing or two from if we put aside our prejudices.
A Tale of Two Senior Presidential Candidates
What are the odds that the world might soon witness a presidential debate between a patient and a prisoner? If reelected, could either folk serve hi ..read more

Singapore Math

7M ago

The Weak Days of the Week
It’s said that working seven days a week makes one weak. Even workaholics who often wished they had an eight-day week couldn’t go on their routine hoping to ever be productive or creative sans experiencing a breakdown sooner than later.
Four-Day Work Week
Recently, there was much talk in the “fine” city about a four-day working week. Sounds like good news for tens of thousands of employees, especially those in the civil service, but bad news for profits-over-people employers or bosses in the private sector, who don’t subscribe to a workplace promoting a less than ..read more

Singapore Math

9M ago

Shot from Tiesha Sanders/Facebook
The above grade one math question from Texas is debatably ill-posed. However, the child answer of “7 ones” is “non-mathematically creative” or “irreverently correct.”
The teacher’s reply to the mother that “… this is the new math they have us teaching.” would puzzle many math educators outside TrumpLand. Arguably, the correct answer to this routine question has little or nothing to do with “new math” or “new new math” or whatever politically correct mathematical term we want to christen it.
The child’s “correct” answer that was marked wrong by her t ..read more

Singapore Math

11M ago

More than half a dozen years ago, I coined “Prime Murder” as follows:
What proportion of integers are prime? What are the odds that you might commit a prime murder at some point in your mathematical career, be it in teaching, editing, or writing?
Over the centuries, both professional and amateur mathematicians weren’t spared from it. Think of Pierre de Fermat who erroneously thought that 2^(2⁵) + 1, or 2³² + 1, was a prime.
So, for the majority of us, whether we’re born or blessed with the “mathematical gene” or not, the chances of being found guilty of a prime murder might not be limited to ..read more

Singapore Math

1y ago

On Facebook, someone recently posted the above primary 4 (or grade 4) geometry question, asking for help from fellow parents. How would you do it (without calling on ChatGPT)?
If you’re a parent, homeschooler, or tutor, how would you explain it to an eight- or nine-year-old child, who’s struggling with non-drill-and-kill questions on area and perimeter?
Give It a Try First!
Try figuring out the answer on your own first before peeping at two parents’ quick-and-dirty solutions below. Better still, could you present an idiot-proof or peasant-friendly solution that even a smart dog or cat co ..read more

Singapore Math

1y ago

Zero causes so much pain and suffering to tens of millions of students and their parents every day. Indeed, zero is the real troublemaker among the numbers! It's not too late to get even with the Roman Catholic Church’s once-deemed blasphemous infidel number (again).
Below are ten idiot-proof activities you’d do to celebrate Zero Day.
10. Avoid writing the now-redundant zero before a decimal point: .23, .583, .0045, …—move away from dated deception, faux religion, or numerological superstition.
9. Use the letter “o” or “O” when you mean the number or numeral “0”—for example, when ..read more

Singapore Math

1y ago

On X (formerly Twitter), @wiseconnector posed the following question:
How many numbers can you find?
It’s never too late for an eye check-up and also an opportunity to hone your logical and visualization skills.
This logic or math question can serve as an icebreaker at a birthday party even for those who proudly or unashamedly boast of being “hopeless at math or numbers.”
Try it! The answer is anything but obvious.
Ask a toddler or kindergartener, and also your seniors at home, especially if you’re concerned that they might succumb to dementia or Alzheimer’s in their later years, based ..read more

Singapore Math

1y ago

https://fb.watch/lTvXKc6VyK/?mibextid=v7YzmG
Does the comedic rant on “Racism in Maths Problem Sums” serve as a “proof” that inequality or racism is rampant in math and math education?
Often times, math educators pose and solve these artificial or contrived word problems without giving much thought to them, especially when they’re oblivious that they might trigger mixed or negative feelings among highly sensitive schoolchildren and parents that belong to certain racial or minority or economically disadvantaged groups.
Math in Multicultural Singapore
It’s no harm nor too late for the M ..read more