by David, 4 April 2018 | 0 comments

Terri’s just about to leave to go to a party. She’s trying to work out whether to walk or ride her bike. If she walks at a brisk pace of 5 kilometres per hour, she’ll be an hour late. If she rides her bike at 10 kilometres per hour, she’ll be an hour early! How…

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by David, 21 March 2018 | 4 comments

You’ve just received a secret coded message: AD, BA, BH, CE, DB, DI, EF You know it follows a pattern, but can you work out what pair of letters come next?

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by David, 7 March 2018 | 2 comments

1936 is a square number. That means you can make it by multiplying a whole number by itself: 1936 = 44 x 44

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by David, 14 July 2017 | 4 comments

More than 5000 years ago, ancient Sumerians invented a way to write numbers. Their form of writing predates the pyramids, and even the invention of paper! In this activity, you’ll have a chance to try out this counting system.

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You’re probably familiar with 20 cent and 50 cent coins. But different countries have different values for their coins. So what’s the best way to number coins? You will need Australian silver coins: 5 x 50 cents 5 x 20 cents 5 x 10 cents 5 x 5 cents Pen and paper Scissors Stopwatch Setting…

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In everyday life, most numbers we use are less than 1000. Sometimes scientists need to use MUCH larger numbers. Here’s an insight into how they do it. You will need Jar of hundreds and thousands sprinkles Measuring spoons and cup Pen Sticky notes What to do

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The numbers that we use are not the only way to write numbers. You might know how to count with tally marks, or read Roman numerals. But there are plenty of other ways to write numbers. This one comes from the Maya people. You will need Pen and paper

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Many people know how to play solitaire or patience . But there are actually lots of different one-player card games. This version of patience has a bit of addition, and also some tricky strategic thinking. You will need Deck of cards

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Let’s look at a few interesting patterns you can get by dividing. Some of these patterns need a lot of digits, so get the best calculator you can find. If you have a computer with the internet handy, there are some good online calculators to use, such as wolframalpha.com. Some mathematicians might prefer to use…

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How long would it take to count to one million? Well you could just start a stopwatch and get to counting, but here’s how to work out if you’ll be done by dinner time. You will need Pen Paper Stopwatch First estimate Start by warming up your voice. Sing a few scales and practice your…

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