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Secondary Magazine - Issue 71

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Created on 07 October 2010 by ncetm_administrator
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Secondary Magazine Issue 71musical notes

Welcome to Issue 71 of the Secondary Magazine. 


From the editor
Do we still need to ask why children are taught mathematics as a somewhat solitary pencil and paper exercise?
It's in the News! Star Trekkin'
Scientists believe that the recently discovered planet Gliese 581g sits in the ‘Goldilocks Zone’ of its sun, where it is neither too hot nor too cold for water to exist in liquid form – widely believed to be an essential precondition for life to evolve.
This resource features space travel mathematical modelling and estimation skills, as well as offering the opportunity of working with very large numbers.
The Interview - Marcus du Sautoy
Marcus is professor of mathematics at the University of Oxford, and the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science. A teacher at his comprehensive school inspired him, as did the mathematician Sir Christopher Zeeman in 1978 – in the first Royal Institution Christmas Lecture about mathematics ever to be given. Marcus came away knowing that he wanted to be a mathematician too when he grew up!
Focus on...connecting mathematics and music
Connections between mathematics and music have led mathematicians to some very significant insights. Students may enjoy exploring for themselves mathematical ideas and relationships that are revealed when they investigate music and its history.
An idea for using ICT in the classroom – using digital photos to explore transformations
Importing photographs into software helps to develop students’ understanding.
An idea for the classroom – regions created by reflections
Students investigate the numbers of regions in their own diagrams created by reflections.
5 things to do this fortnight
Will one of your students design a winning poster? You might consider joining an MEI development group, or going to a free lecture. We also remind you of a BSRLM meeting and an NCETM conference.
Subject Leadership Diary
Open Evenings provide excellent opportunities for imaginative leadership, and may remind subject leaders that it is part of their role to inspire the whole department always to make the best possible use of space in their classrooms – including the classroom walls.
Contributors to this issue include: Alison Clark-Wilson, Marcus du Sautoy, Mary Pardoe, Richard Perring, and Peter Ransom.
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