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PSLE Chinese Listening Exam (mrbrown) Very Funny!

Recently, there is a PSLE Chinese Listening Exam that does not make sense. Question: Student A bought a new clothes. Student B asks Student A: “You bought new clothes?” Student A said: ” No, it is sewn by my mother, … Continue reading

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Recommended Books for Spectral Sequences

So far the most comprehensive book looks like McCleary’s book: A User’s Guide to Spectral Sequences. It is also suitable for those interested in the algebraic viewpoint. W.S. Massey wrote a very positive review to this book. A User’s Guide … Continue reading

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Interesting Facts about Green’s Theorem

Firstly, Green’s Theorem is named after the mathematician George Green (14 July 1793 – 31 May 1841). Something remarkable about George Green is that he is almost entirely self-taught. He only went to school for one year (when he was 8 years … Continue reading

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Pierre-Simon de Laplace; French Newton

To increase your interest in mathematics, let me introduce the French mathematician Pierre-Simon de Laplace, also known as the “French Newton” or “Newton of France”. He helped to calculate projectile motion for Napoleon’s artillery. Laplace was also the examiner for Napoleon when … Continue reading

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5 Skills Students Need To Cope With School Pressures

According to an article published by the American Psychological Association (APA), many teenagers in the USA say they experience stress in patterns comparable to what adults go through. Teenagers also report higher stress levels than adults during the school year. … Continue reading

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Best Online Resources to Improve Your Math Skills

Best Online Resources to Improve Your Math Skills Although Maths is a compulsory subject in all the educational institutions all over the world, many students consider it as a complete waste of time and skip this issue, claiming that they … Continue reading

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An ancient Babylonian tablet known as Plimpton 322

Source: NY Times One of my favorite YouTube Math Professors, Norman Wildberger, has made a historical math discovery: that the ancient Babylonian tablet known as Plimpton 322 is actually a trigonometric table. “It’s a trigonometric table, which is 3,000 years … Continue reading

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Garry Kasparov Masterclass Review

Garry Kasparov Teaches Chess is the latest Masterclass by World Champion Garry Kasparov. I am sure that even from the trailer, you can see that it is of exceptional quality. According to the FAQ, “the class will test players with a … Continue reading

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The Summer 2017 Mathematics A To Z: Morse Theory

Originally posted on nebusresearch:
Today’s A To Z entry is a change of pace. It dives deeper into analysis than this round has been. The term comes from Mr Wu, of the Singapore Maths Tuition blog, whom I thank for…

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Education and the Blockchain – Should We be Teaching Blockchain in Schools?

Source: https://preply.com/ It goes without saying that tech progress is moving at a rapid pace. Futurists point to Moore’s law – the idea that tech capabilities double every two years – as evidence for tech’s expansion into nearly every facet of … Continue reading

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Son of taxi driver among this year’s President’s Scholars

Source: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/education/son-of-taxi-driver-among-this-years-presidents-scholars Mr Lee Tat Wei lives in a four-room flat in Woodlands. He and his older brother went to neighbourhood schools. His father is a taxi driver and his mother works as a part- time sales assistant. Despite his humble … Continue reading

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I’m a Rare Breed: An Elite Chess Player Who’s Open About His Faith

A nice interview by Wesley So, one of the top chess grandmasters from Philippines. On the small planet where elite chess players dwell, very few people worship Jesus Christ. If anyone discovers that you’re one of those “superstitious,” “narrow-minded idiots,” … Continue reading

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The scientist nuns: In pursuit of faith and reason

Source: Aleteia Making a career out of science, just like joining a religious order, requires dedication and discipline. Some tireless souls have managed to do both. In 1965, Mary Kenneth Keller became the first woman to obtain a PhD in … Continue reading

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Theorem of the Day

Just to recommend this excellent website: Theoremoftheday where they feature one mathematical theorem each day. The nice thing is that each theorem is a one-page summary, good for getting acquainted with the theorem, and subsequently you may read it up in more … Continue reading

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How to win Sir Roger Penrose’s Chess puzzle (that computers can’t solve)

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/03/14/can-solve-chess-problem-holds-key-human-consciousness/ Despite chess computers being very highly rated and winning virtually all human grandmasters, there are still certain positions that the computers can’t solve. Sir Roger Penrose has documented one of them here: Chess engines will state that black is … Continue reading

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Alternate Admission Route to NUS Computing

Source: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/education/nus-eyes-more-aptitude-based-admissions Good news to students who are interested to study Computer Science. There is now an alternative route for students who are short of the cut-off point (currently at least two A’s). To win a place on the increasingly popular … Continue reading

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Topology application to Physics

Source: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-strange-topology-that-is-reshaping-physics/?W The Strange Topology That Is Reshaping Physics Topological effects might be hiding inside perfectly ordinary materials, waiting to reveal bizarre new particles or bolster quantum computing Charles Kane never thought he would be cavorting with topologists. “I don’t think … Continue reading

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What Would You Like In The Summer 2017 Mathematics A To Z?

Originally posted on nebusresearch:
Art courtesy of Thomas K Dye, creator of the web comic Newshounds. He has a Patreon for those able to support his work. I would like to now announce exactly what everyone with the ability to…

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How to do Proof by Cases in LaTeX

If one searches online, one will find many different methods to do “proof by cases” in LaTeX. The most simple and convenient method in my opinion is to use the description environment. Something like this: \begin{proof} Proceed by cases. \begin{description} … Continue reading

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What Is The Shape of the Universe (Video)

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(Important Changes) PSLE Math: Arrow -> vs Equal=

Source: Facebook For those taking PSLE, please take note of this important update regarding the difference between arrow and equal sign. Forward this to your friends taking PSLE! Basically, I think MOE is trying to instill students to be mathematically … Continue reading

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PhD Comic: 大智若愚

The new PhD Comic is related to the Chinese proverb: 大智若愚, which is roughly translated as “a wise man looks stupid.; great wisdom takes the looks of folly [appearance of stupidity]”.

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SG Education News: More places for Medicine Students

Good news for those aspiring to be medical doctors. Med school places to rise to 500 by next year The Straits Times The National University of Singapore (NUS) has had more than 2,000 top students fight for the 300 spaces … Continue reading

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Unique Cars and Parts

There are hundreds if not thousands of Automotive websites to be found on the net, so often it can be a little hit and miss as to finding the best of the best that is out there. Unique Cars and … Continue reading

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Free tutoring app for peer-tutoring

Do try out the new app AsknTeach. Quite a good idea, the app creator reportedly invested more than $100,000 to $200,000 into it. Only problem I can foresee is that overall quality of answers may not be that good, since it … Continue reading

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Summary: Shapes, radius functions and persistent homology

This is a summary of a talk by Professor Herbert Edelsbrunner, IST Austria. The PDF slides can be found here: persistent homology slides. Biogeometry (2:51 in video) We can think of proteins as a geometric object by replacing every atom by a … Continue reading

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Brain has 11 dimensions

One of the possible applications of algebraic topology is in studying the brain, which is known to be very complicated. Site: https://www.wired.com/story/the-mind-boggling-math-that-maybe-mapped-the-brain-in-11-dimensions/ If you can call understanding the dynamics of a virtual rat brain a real-world problem. In a multimillion-dollar supercomputer … Continue reading

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How to explain this math magic trick?

Quite impressive math magic trick, that even impressed the very strict judge Simon Cowell. I am not sure how he did it, other than possible prearranged volunteers. Another possibility is that the calculator is modified. Site: http://www.usmagazine.com/entertainment/news/americas-got-talent-contestant-performs-crazy-magic-trick-w488672 London had the volunteers … Continue reading

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Yitang Zhang’s Santa Barbara Beach Walk

Professor Yitang Zhang is a famous Math professor who made important progress in number theory (Twin Prime Conjecture). Most strikingly, he made this progress in his fifties, which is kind of rare in the mathematical world. Source: Quanta Magazine Yitang … Continue reading

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Finally received WordAds payout by WordPress

Thanks to all readers of mathtuition88.com, I have received WordAds payout by WordPress. Mathtuition88.com first joined WordAds in 01-2014, where the payout was quite miserable (less than $1 for 5000 views). The payout has since increased considerably, thanks to higher quality … Continue reading

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Guide to Starting Javaplex (With Matlab)

Guide to Starting Javaplex (With Matlab) Step 1) Visit https://appliedtopology.github.io/javaplex/ and download the Persistent Homology and Topological Data Analysis Library 2) Download the tutorial at http://www.math.colostate.edu/~adams/research/javaplex_tutorial.pdf and jump to section 1.3. Installation for Matlab. 3) In Matlab, change Matlab’s “Current … Continue reading

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Subtle Error in Wikipedia: Dedekind’s number

On Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dedekind_number), it is stated that the Dedekind’s number M(n) is the the number of abstract simplicial complexes with n elements. This is incorrect, at least based on the Wikipedia definition of abstract simplicial complex, which does not allow the … Continue reading

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Habitica Mage Highest Intelligence Gear Guide

Habitica is a productivity app, something like a to-do list in a gamified form. Users gain experience and gold from completing tasks, and can join in quests with a party to defeat monsters. The mage class has one of the highest … Continue reading

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Donald Trump Math: 17×6=?

What is 17×6? (without using calculator) Practicing basic mental math without calculator is good. Even for PSLE, where calculator is allowed, it is a good idea not to rely on it too much.

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5 Math Tips That Will Speed Up Your Calculations

5 Math Tips That Will Speed Up Your Calculations For most students, regardless of their age, studying math seems like a nightmare. Taking tuition for maths helps when you or your child struggle with calculations. Check out these 5 simple … Continue reading

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Math Tricks found in Chess

Just read this very nice article on Quora, on the relationship between Math and Chess: https://www.quora.com/What-math-tricks-are-hidden-in-chess Also interesting is this YouTube documentary “My Brilliant Brain” featuring Susan Polgar. Author: Tom Boshoff, Engineering student and math enthusiast Updated May 8 There’s lots … Continue reading

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LaTeX Thesis Template

This site (https://www.sharelatex.com/blog/2013/08/09/thesis-series-pt5.html) has a guide on how to create your own template for a thesis. Quite nice and simple, and easily customizable. The actual Tex source code is found here: https://www.sharelatex.com/project/51fa85c3db89c3c351085071. I like it as the source code is neat … Continue reading

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Math Olympiad Tuition

Maths Olympiad Tuition Tutor: Mr Wu (Raffles Alumni, NUS Maths Grad) SMS/Whatsapp: 98348087 Email: mathtuition88@gmail.com Syllabus: Primary / Secondary Maths Olympiad. Includes Number Theory, Geometry, Combinatorics, Sequences, Series, and more. Flexible curriculum tailored to student’s needs. I can provide material, or … Continue reading

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Nanyang Girls NYGH starts school later at 8.15am

Very good idea by NYGH. Sleep is important for students. SINGAPORE: For almost a year now, Nanyang Girls High (NYGH) students have been starting school at 8.15am – a good 45 minutes later than most secondary schools. And the results have … Continue reading

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Jurong East Maths Tuition

Maths Tuition Tutor (Mr Wu): – Raffles Alumni – NUS 1st Class Honours in Mathematics Experience: More than 10 years experience, has taught students from RJC, NJC, ACJC and many other JCs. Also has experience teaching Additional Math (O Level, … Continue reading

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Bukit Batok Maths Tuition

Maths Tuition Tutor (Mr Wu): – Raffles Alumni – NUS 1st Class Honours in Mathematics Experience: More than 10 years experience, has taught students from RJC, NJC, ACJC and many other JCs. Also has experience teaching Additional Math (O Level, … Continue reading

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Renowned Chinese mathematician Wu Wenjun dies at 98

Source: https://news.cgtn.com/news/3d517a4e33637a4d/share_p.html Wu Wenjun, distinguished mathematician, member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and winner of China’s Supreme Scientific and Technological Award winner, died at the age of 98 on Sunday in Beijing, according to the CAS. Wu was … Continue reading

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Rise in WordAds earnings March 2017

WordPress and WordAds have been doing a good job, I must say. In this year (2017), the earnings have increased gradually for my site (view count is approximately constant). Certainly a great improvement from 2016, where I got a measly … Continue reading

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Ye Sons and Daughters (O Filii et Filiae)

Nice traditional hymn.

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The Cry of the Poor by John Michael Talbot

Recently I discovered a classical guitar Christian composer on YouTube – John Michael Talbot. His music is quite amazing, and one of a kind. The Cry of the Poor 2. Be not afraid

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Five Loaves and Two Fishes – Corrinne May (Illustrated)

Corrinne May is a Singaporean singer.

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How the Staircase Diagram changes when we pass to derived couple (Spectral Sequence)

Set and . The diagram then has the following form: When we pass to the derived couple, each group is replaced by a subgroup . The differentials go two units to the right, and we replace the term by the … Continue reading

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How do you overcome the fear of the future? Pope Francis provides the keys

Source: http://aleteia.org/2017/04/26/how-do-you-overcome-the-fear-of-the-future-pope-francis-provides-the-keys/ Have you ever been gripped by a fear of the future that left you walking in circles or paralyzed from moving forward? Today, Pope Francis provided a deeper answer to this common human fear, urging Christians to remember that faith is the anchor … Continue reading

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Relative Homology Groups

Given a space and a subspace , define . Since the boundary map takes to , it induces a quotient boundary map . We have a chain complex where holds. The relative homology groups  are the homology groups of this … Continue reading

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Prayer of St Thomas Aquinas for Students (English and Latin)

Source: http://www.aquinascollege.edu/prayer-before-study-exams-spring-2013/ A Prayer Before Study Ineffable Creator, Who, from the treasures of Your wisdom, have established three hierarchies of angels, have arrayed them in marvelous order above the fiery heavens, and have marshaled the regions of the universe with such artful skill, You are proclaimed the true font … Continue reading

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