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# Secondary Magazine - Issue 32

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Created on 17 April 2009 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 28 April 2009 by ncetm_administrator

Welcome to Issue 32 of the Secondary Magazine. As the summer term starts and the exam season rapidly approaches, now is the time to plan what you will do with some of that time gained when Year 11 have departed. In the meantime, there is a lot of revision to do!

# Contents

From the editor - Gauss
I can remember my primary school teacher teaching me a ‘trick’ to quickly add up a set of consecutive numbers to ‘amaze my friends’. It wasn’t until much later that I discovered that this ‘trick’ had been used by Gauss whilst a schoolboy. Perhaps your pupils would like to perform this ‘trick’ to honour Gauss’ birthday?

Up2d8 maths
The fortnightly Up2d8 maths resources explore a range of mathematical themes in a topical context. What makes a roller coaster scary? SAW - The Ride carried its first passengers earlier this year and has claimed to be the scariest roller coaster in the world. In this resource, students use this claim as the basis for a statistical investigation into what makes a roller coaster scary.

The interview - Peter Ashwin
Peter is a professor of mathematics at the University of Exeter. Here he shares a snapshot of his work and an insight into his personality.

Focus on...10
Is it true that some numbers have greater prominence than others? As the basis for the metric system, 10 is certainly an important number. Here are some facts to help you form an opinion.

An idea for the classroom - 3D co-ordinates
A colleague recently went for an interview and was asked to teach a lesson on 3D co-ordinates. He devised an activity which is shared with you here.

5 things to do this fortnight
Following the Easter break, there are some mathematical and general ideas to stay on top of things at this busy time of year.

Real life issues in the life of a fictional Subject Leader
Literacy and numeracy are key basic skills that equip pupils for life. We certainly play our part in developing numeracy skills, but what about literacy skills? Our subject leader considers his role in focussing on literacy in mathematics.

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