The Banach-Tarski paradox

Mathematics is seen by many as a mysterious and often unsettling subject. Answers often hide behind layers and layers of complicated equations, formulas and ciphers, the application of advanced concepts to real life is limited and I often find myself more confused after class than when I first entered. However, the real beauty of Mathematics … Read more

Pascal’s triangle, binomial theorem

What is Pascal’s Triangle? Pascal’s Triangle was named after Blaise Pascal. Pascal’s triangle starts with the number 1 and goes down the scale. When you start with one, add more numbers in a triangular shape, like a pyramid of some sort. All the numbers on the surrounding right and left sides of the triangle are … Read more

My journey of teaching and learning mathematics since embarking on a PGCE Mathematics course

Before I came to study a Post Graduate Certificate (PGCE) Mathematics course at University College London Institute of Education (UCL IOE), I had been working as an Academic Tutor at a behavioural centre, linked to a mainstream secondary school for the past 7 months. Students placed here had either learning difficulties or behaviour issues experienced … Read more

Aircraft – mathematics

Math SL Internal Assessment Lift and Drag Introduction When you look at aircrafts, they look like they shouldn’t be able to leave the ground because of how big they are. I always watched aircrafts, take off and land, over and over. According to Newton’s Third Law, every action has an equal and opposite reaction, lift … Read more

The World of Mathematics

Mathematics is often considered a useless discipline because people think they do not use advanced math in their life. It is a misunderstanding. Not using advanced math does not mean it is not vital. If you trade stocks, you will read many stock analysis reports. These reports use mathematical knowledge. Many students in the United … Read more

The history of algebra

We all use algebra. Even if it’s for the simple stuff, we use some form of algebra in our everyday lives. While reading chapters 1-10, I came across the word algebra and became quite curious about the subject for I have never really understood nor cared for it honestly, I just figured it’s the usual … Read more

Mathematics introduction

Mathematics belongs to the science discourse community. The word science means knowledge and comes from the Latin “Scientia”. In university, science is made up of a lot of discourse communities, such as Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry. By searching the definition of science in Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary, science is “knowledge covering general truths of the … Read more

Niels Henrik Abel

For over two centuries, mathematicians had trouble in finding a solution to the quintic equation, that is until Niels Henrik Abel formulated a theory. Abel was a Norwegian mathematician born on August 5, 1802, and his talent and potential in the field of mathematics was already present at a young age, leading him to become … Read more

The narrative of zero

Numbers surround us. They stamp our days, light our evenings, foresee our climate, and keep us on course. They drive business and support human progress. The beginning of the numerals makes disarray between the historical backdrop of mathematics and the historical backdrop of our modern numerals. The narrative of zero alludes to something can be … Read more

Emmy Noether

She was more than a mathematician to the people she met and to the people she inspired. She even has managed to inspire people long after she has passed. Emmy Noether was born on March 23, 1882 in Bavaria Germany. Growing up she wanted to go to college but back then women weren’t allowed to … Read more