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Secondary Magazine - Issue 74

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Created on 18 November 2010 by ncetm_administrator
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Secondary Magazine Issue 74Penrose Triangle

Welcome to Issue 74 of the Secondary Magazine. 


From the editor
Of what are the illusions in mathematics education?
It's in the News!
The Large Hadron Collider at Cern is rarely out of the news! Recently, in a story that could be taken from Star Trek, it was announced that scientists there had trapped antimatter! When matter and antimatter meet they destroy each other and, in this It’s in The News!, this context is used to offer an image for students to develop their understanding of addition and subtraction with negative numbers. This issue’s activity is more focussed and less open-ended than usual but is intended as the catalyst for student discussion, not just for answering the questions posed in the slides.
The Interview - Peter McOwan
Peter is Professor of Computer Science at Queen Mary College, University of London. He enjoys doing a bit of magic now and again, and his mathematics once predicted a brand new optical illusion.
Focus on...illusions
A collection of illusions may be a useful, as well as an intriguing, classroom resource.
5 things to do this fortnight
Book a place at a magic show, or arrange a bell ringing talk. Could one of your students present their own work at an international conference? Plan to discover more about paper sizes, and what do you know about Srinivasa Ramanujan?
Subject Leadership Diary
Leading the department in developing effective approaches to teaching particular aspects of mathematics, such as GCSE Statistics, is part of the subject leader’s role.
Contributors to this issue include: Peter McOwan, Mary Pardoe, Richard Perring and Peter Ransom.
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