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Secondary Magazine - Issue 59: 5 things to do

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Secondary Magazine Issue 59butterfly - photograph by HaPe_Gera used under the Creative Commons Attribution licence 2.0

5 things to do this fortnight

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Interesting new entries have been added to Mathemapedia. One of them is about using logo, an environment that provides brilliant opportunities for students to combine rigour with imagination. If your learners have recently been working with logo you might like to add your own Case Study. Also, have you experienced a ‘Great Mistakes’ incident that you could add to this new entry?

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If you live in or near London, a free London Mathematical Society Popular Lecture at the Institute of Education in the evening of Wednesday 30 June could show you how understanding knots has helped us to understand DNA better. You might get in the mood by watching this video about the mathematics of knots.

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Have you investigated the Further Mathematics Support Programme Online Revision Sessions? They are free to attend and in order to take part students need only their brains and a computer with an internet connection.

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If you are teaching mathematics, but don’t have a qualification in mathematics, you might consider applying for the Mathematics Development Programme for Teachers (MDPT) course that starts at the Institute of Education in July.

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The birth date of the mathematician and meteorologist Edward Norton Lorenz is 23 May. The term ‘butterfly effect’ is attributed to him, and he was a pioneer of chaos theory. If you would like to introduce your students to this mathematician, you can read about his life and work, and learn something about (and listen to!) the Lorenz Attractor, which is named after him.

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