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Secondary Magazine - Issue 40

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Created on 22 July 2009 by ncetm_administrator
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Welcome to Issue 40 of the Secondary Magazine. It’s that lovely time of year when there is still some of the summer holiday left and now I’m not too tired to enjoy it. Make the most of this time to relax and recharge the batteries for the new academic year.


From the editor - Proms 2009
There seems to be a strong connection between the disciplines of music and mathematics, so there may well be some mathematically-inclined promenaders bobbing away in the arena at the Royal Albert Hall this summer. What are they listening to? Are there really any connections?
The interview
Our interviewee in this issue is Erin Cox, a jewellery maker and designer. How does she use mathematics? Follow the link!
Focus on - perfect numbers
What have 6, 28, 496, 8 128 and 33 550 336 got in common? They are all perfect numbers. Did you know that the sum of the reciprocals of the factors of a perfect number is always equal to 2? Plenty more intriguing facts like this here.
An idea for the classroom - factors and multiples
So how do pupils in your class learn about factors and multiples? Here is an idea to promote understanding and a resource for consolidation.
5 things to do this fortnight
Having driven through France in August and seen the supermarkets with huge signs welcoming ‘La rentrée’, there is a strong emphasis on ‘La rentrée’ or ‘Back to School’ in these 5 things to do... or you could go to Notting Hill Carnival!
Diary of a subject leader
Real life issues in the life of a fictional subject leader
Do you find that often you are not the only adult in your classroom? What are these other people doing there? Do you make visits to other classrooms? Why? Our subject leader muses on the pros and cons of company in the classroom.
Up2d8 Maths will be back later in the summer.
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