by David, 17 October 2018 | 0 comments

Tom’s just finished sewing a quilt! It’s made of lots of equal-sized squares of fabric sewn together. Currently, it’s 12 squares long and six squares wide. Tom tried putting the quilt on his bed, but it’s the wrong shape. He’s decided to make it nine squares long and eight squares wide. Tom wants to break…

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by David, 23 August 2018 | 0 comments

Time to celebrate! For only the second time ever, an Australian has won the most famous prize in mathematics – the Fields Medal. Let’s take a moment to celebrate the achievements of the winner, Akshay Venkatesh.

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by David, 12 April 2018 | 0 comments

It’s that time of year again! The winner of the Abel prize, mathematics’ answer to the Nobel, has been announced. This year’s winner is Robert Langlands, a mathematician more famous for asking questions than answering them.

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by David, 16 February 2018 | 1 comments

Blood left at a crime scene can tell you a lot about the events. To rewind the clock and look back in time, you just need a ruler and some trigonometry. You will need Red food dye Chocolate topping (or corn syrup) Water Measuring cup Mixing bowl Spoon Drinking straw Old clothes A large sheet…

Continue reading Blood-splatter by numbersby David, 23 January 2018 | 0 comments

What kinds of shapes pack a flat surface with no gaps? Squares are great for floor tiles, and bees stick hexagons together. With a bit of work, you can get any triangle, no matter how stretched, to fit together without gaps. But what about pentagons? These five-sided shapes are awkward, but some types fit together.

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by David, 27 September 2017 | 0 comments

Have you ever made a paper snowflake? Here’s a different twist on a classic craft activity.

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Time to create a map! Making a map of the entire Earth is tricky, because paper is flat, and planets are curved. There are lots of different ways to ‘flatten’ Earth, and each way produces a different shaped map. This method is super spiky as it involves triangles.

Continue reading Octahedral mapby David, 16 May 2017 | 0 comments

Maths is everywhere! But it can be hard to find if you don’t know what to look for. Try this mathematical treasure hunt and you’ll soon discover some amazing mathematical secrets! You will need Copy of the treasure hunt page you can get by clicking here Camera (optional) What to do

Continue reading Mathematical treasure huntby David, 20 March 2017 | 0 comments

Here’s a quick puzzle for you – this square is too wide for its envelope. Can you find a way to make it fit? You will need Two equal squares of paper Sticky tape Preparation

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Inside a small sample of powder, there hides a gigantic secret. In just a teaspoon of the stuff you’ll find the entire surface area of a football field. It sounds like something from Back to the Future, but for CSIRO scientists it’s the norm. The sample contains Metal Organic Frameworks, or MOFs, and they are made up of crystals that…

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