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Secondary Magazine - Issue 29


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Created on 03 March 2009 by ncetm_administrator
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Secondary Magazine Issue 29
 

Welcome to Issue 29 of the Secondary Magazine. With Easter less than a month away, life at school is getting increasingly hectic as the weekly exam countdown enters single figures. We hope this issue will keep you in touch with a wide range of mathematical ideas and activities as the exam season approaches.
 

Contents

From the editor - What do you do?
I’m sure you have been asked that question at a party or other social encounter. What do you reply? How do your replies contribute to the image of mathematics amongst the wider community?
 

Up2d8 maths
The fortnightly Up2d8 maths resources explore a range of mathematical themes in a topical context. In this issue, Up2d8 considers the remarkable role played by palaeontologists in determining the probable size of the massive snake whose remains were recently discovered. Even ophidiophobics will find this intriguing.
 

The interview - David Courtney
Are you worried about money? How is the credit crunch affecting you? In this issue’s interview, David gives us an insight into the work of a Financial Adviser and the mathematics involved.
 
Focus on...the helix
The structure of the DNA-helix, the molecule that carries genetic information from one generation to the other is now familiar, but the helix has other fascinating mathematical properties which you can explore here.
 
An idea for the classroom - tile drawing
Do you enjoy seeing those lovely arrangements of tiles in porches and doorways? This resource provides you with a stimulus to share one of these patterns with pupils and extend their mathematical thinking.
 
5 things to do this fortnight
There are some interesting ‘things to do’ featured in this issue but above all, please remember Mothering Sunday!
 
Diary of a subject leader
Real issues in the life of a fictional Subject Leader  
How are responsibilities in your department allocated? Do you have opportunities to review and reallocate roles in the department according to new initiatives? This diary may encourage you to consider a different way of working together.
 
 
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