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Butterfly Pea Health Benefits (Research Papers)

Butterfly Pea Tea is a blue colored tea from the Butterfly Pea flower. It is apparently not very well known outside Thailand (and some other countries). Even in Singapore, which is a South East Asian country, few people know it. … Continue reading

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“Yu Gong” of India: Mountain Man Motivational Story

Most Chinese would have heard of the story Yu Gong Yi Shan, which is a fable of how a man moved a mountain bit by bit using his perseverance. Today I learn that there is a true story of Dashrath Manjhi from … Continue reading

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The Fields Medal fallacy: Why this math prize should return to its roots

Source: Science Daily The Fields Medal, whose origins date back to the 1930s, will be issued again this year in August to up to four of the world’s most accomplished mathematicians under the age of 40. In a commentary for Nature, … Continue reading

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Does Reboiled Water Cause Cancer?

Just to share with all. Hard to imagine that a simple act like reboiling water is actually causing harm to health. The logic makes sense though: reboiling water evaporates some of the water which is lost as water vapor. The … Continue reading

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Star Wars “Math” Song

The following is a very original and interesting “song” using a pencil to mark out the rhythm of the famous “Cantina Theme” in Star Wars. Very creative indeed! Technically, the equation is mathematically valid too, provided A is viewed as … Continue reading

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Latest JC Cut-off points COP

JC Cut off Points for 2017: Something interesting this year is that Nanyang JC (NYJC) has reached the same level (Cut off Points) as National JC (NJC). This is unimaginable say 10 years ago. Congratulations to NYJC for the great … Continue reading

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Good luck to students collecting O Level results

Good luck to all students receiving their O Level results tomorrow, 12 Jan!

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Citibank SMRT Credit Card Review ($120 Cashback Signup Bonus)

Sign up via this link to get $120 Cashback (Official Citibank site) The Citibank SMRT card is one of the best credit cards in Singapore for your savings. It is very suitable for heartlander Singaporeans who spend mostly on groceries, … Continue reading

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all readers of Mathtuition88.com! Thanks to your support, Mathtuition88.com has reached 885,060 views! We will continue posting Math and Education posts so please continue to visit the website for updates.

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More schools to merge in 2019, JCs included

Seems like the declining population is quite serious indeed. Not too long ago there was another merger: 8 JCs to merge (i.e. 4 JCs to close down). “Merge” is just a nice way to say that the affected schools are … Continue reading

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Singapore Math for Homeschool

Singapore Math Books for Homeschool Just to share my earlier page on Singapore Math Books for Homeschool. Highly recommended for parents who are homeschooling their kids and want a comprehensive Math syllabus.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Review

I find the plot quite disappointing. While the CGI graphics are good, and the acting is decent, the storyline is what I find lacking. Ever since George Lucas sold the Star Wars franchise to Disney, I find that the essence … Continue reading

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Highly Motivational Math Video (in Chinese)

This is actually one of the best motivational videos on Math I have seen. Unfortunately there is no English translation. It covers how useful Math is, and also some history of Math in ancient China. (It is rarely known, but … Continue reading

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Uni Grads: Choosing the hawker life over the tried and tested route

Very nice to see their passion in cooking, and daring to choose the road less travelled. Do support them at their stall, Prawn Village, which currently at 20 Ghim Moh Road, #01-62, 199583. SINGAPORE: They had not yet graduated from university, but … Continue reading

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8 of 10 Self-Made Millionaires Were Not ‘A’ Students. Instead, They Share 1 Trait

I think this is the latest best selling motivational book (out in Jan 2018). It is quite true, many successful people aren’t necessarily ‘A’ students. They do have some common traits that everyone can learn from. The book is quite … Continue reading

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Express vs Normal Academic for borderline PSLE score

For students scoring in the borderline of around 190- 200 PSLE score, there is a dilemma of going to Express stream in a neighborhood school, or Normal Academic N(A) in a more established school. Note that even good schools like … Continue reading

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Amos Yee Math Talent

Amos Yee (“famous” for posting controversial videos) actually has good talent and aptitude in Mathematics. His mother is a Math secondary teacher with decades of experience. Many people know him for his infamous videos and his “American English” pronunciation, but … Continue reading

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PSLE 181 to NUS Medicine (Miracle Story)

Quite an amazing story. The road from PSLE 181 to NUS Medicine is a long and arduous journey. Read how Mr Tan Jun Xiang, 22, managed to overcome the odds to enter the prestigious NUS Medicine faculty. NUS Medicine is … Continue reading

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O Level Bell Curve 2016

Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/singapore/comments/73cmgi/o_level_bellcurve/ It is well known that the bell curve is applied to the O Levels result. The most notorious example is E Maths, where 90+ or high 80s is required for the top grade of A1. The traditional mark of … Continue reading

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Math Books for Christmas

Wishing all readers a joyous Christmas ahead! Here are some ideas for a mathematical Christmas gift for your loved ones who are math lovers: 1) This Christmas-themed Math book is the perfect gift for your child. According to Amazon, it … Continue reading

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What are some useful, but little-known, features of the tools used in professional mathematics?

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A few days ago, I was talking with Ed Dunne, who is currently the Executive Editor of Mathematical Reviews (and in particular with its online incarnation at MathSciNet).  At the time, I was mentioning…

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APMOPS SMOPS Solution

We show how to solve “Clock” olympiad questions, which appear often in APMOPS/ SMOPS Olympiad questions. Question: (SMOPS 2001, Q9) Between 12 o’clock and 1 o’clock, at what time will the hour hand and minute hand make an angle of … Continue reading

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Tessellations of Pentagons

Tessellation is a cool topic in primary level to PSLE math. Most students will enjoy it even if they hate other types of Math. It is a natural human instinct to be amazed at how different shapes can fit together … Continue reading

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50 Life Lessons from an 80 Year Old

Quite interesting list. Wonder who is the 80 year old? Source: http://www.familyfriendlyhq.ie/family-blog/50-life-lessons-from-80-year-old-everyone-should-know We absolutely love these pieces of advice from an 80 year old man.  Have a firm handshake. Look people in the eye. Sing in the shower. Own a great … Continue reading

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Biological evidence that Jesus actually was born in December

The type of sheep in Israel is the “Awassi” sheep, a type of desert sheep. In Israel, the principal lambing season is December through January. It makes sense, since the winter in Israel is around 8 degrees Celsius, which is not … Continue reading

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$1 (Bid) R2-D2 Droid for kids interested in Robotics

For $1, you can bid on this R2-D2 Droid inventor kit at Hachi.Tech (https://www.hachi.tech/auction/RHOTFI). This is a very reliable online site that is owned by Challenger. The Droid is perfect for those kids who want to learn more about robotics … Continue reading

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America’s Lost Einsteins

Source: https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/12/innovation-income-chetty/547202/ Millions of children from poor families who excel in math and science rarely live up to their potential—and that hurts everyone. Consider two American children, one rich and one poor, both brilliant. The rich one is much more likely … Continue reading

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Appeal from RGS to NYGH (Success)

Just read that appealing to transfer from RGS (Raffles Girls School) to NYGH (Nanyang Girls High) is possible: dd moved out of rgs to nygh. she got 262+2. she appealed to nygh and was granted interview on Thursday. was given … Continue reading

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From Medical Doctor to Math Professor

Just read about this rather amazing biography: https://today.duke.edu/2017/10/hau-tieng-wu-vital-signs. From a medical doctor, Hau-tieng Wu pursued a Ph.D. in math, and is now a math professor at Duke. Quite an interesting transition, that is quite rare, possibly less than 100 such cases … Continue reading

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Why do Americans have such trouble with fractions—and what can be done?

Fractions indeed are challenging for kids from ages 7-12. Probably the mental picture of a pie/pizza helps. Also, making fractions to the same denominator is a technique that once mastered will make addition/subtraction of fractions much easier. Source: Scientific American … Continue reading

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Very nice introduction to Cohomology (8 min)

This is a very nice and concise 8 minute introduction to cohomology. Very clear and tells you the gist of cohomology.

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Kids struggling in math? Try this “magic” method from Japan (VIDEO)

URL: Aleteia It’s an Asian-style mathematics similar to Common Core that’s actually fun to do. Confession time: I’m terrible at math. I don’t just mean like “struggled with calculus” bad, I mean like “had to watch YouTube videos to relearn … Continue reading

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Asus VivoBook E12 Review (Singapore)

[$369.00](▼27%)[ASUS]ASUS VivoBook E12 E203NA / lightweight 11.6-inch laptop /1 Years International warranty WWW.QOO10.SG I think currently this is the best budget laptop below $400. Size wise it is about the size of an iPad (around A4 size). The 4GB RAM … Continue reading

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US students aren’t bad at math—they’re just not motivated

It turns out that US students aren’t that bad at math, they just have no motivation to do the PISA test properly. (The PISA test is an external test that has no bearing on their school academic results.) Source: https://qz.com/1130505/us-students-arent-bad-at-math-theyre-just-not-motivated/ It’s … Continue reading

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Shepherd Me O God

Very nice and calming Christian music. Composed by Marty Haugen.

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Hokkaido University Photo Gallery and Trip Guide

These photos are from a trip to Hokkaido University in August 2017. Hokkaido University is just walking distance away from Sapporo station, and is worth spending an afternoon there. Admission is free. Even in the hottest summer, Hokkaido has cool … Continue reading

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8 Facts About Infinity That Will Blow Your Mind

Nice article on infinity. Also little known is the fact that the symbol of infinity was introduced by clergyman and mathematician John Wallis, hundreds of years ago in 1655. Although not well-known, John Wallis was a talented individual as can … Continue reading

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Fave (previously Groupon) FREE Promo Code

FREE Promo Code discount: http://myfave.com/invite/KJMDZ?city=singapore Fave (previously known as Groupon) is a fantastic deals site that offers many discounts. It includes discounts to many restaurants/buffets in Singapore. Quite many famous restaurants are offering discounts there: e.g. Dancing crab, Mouth Restaurant, Ah … Continue reading

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Increased Tax for US PhD Students

This is very bad news. Graduate students are already poor (stipend is already low to begin with and fixed for the duration of study). A very bad policy for grad students. The tax overhaul passed Thursday by House Republicans could … Continue reading

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A Mathematician is Grateful For…

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Free Math Public Lecture at National Library

Interested students may want to attend. It is at the National Library, on 14th December 2017. The Liar Game: Truths & Proofs from Euclid to Turing Ng Kong Beng Public Lecture Series Mark Wildon, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK … Continue reading

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Union-closed sets conjecture

Just read about this conjecture: Union-closed sets conjecture. The conjecture states that for any finite union-closed family of finite sets, other than the family consisting only of the empty set, there exists an element that belongs to at least half of the … Continue reading

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MRT train collision: Scientifically, where is the safest place to sit in a train?

In light of the recent MRT train collision in Singapore (Joo Koon), where at least 23 passengers were injured, it may be of interest to consider scientifically, where is the safest place to sit/stand in a train? We sincerely hope … Continue reading

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Bid for iPhone 8 at only $1 (real)

[Auction] iPhone 8 64GB [Gold] Hachi.tech (online website of the Challenger store) is holding an auction. From time to time, the items there are actually quite good and useful. This time the auction is a iPhone 8 64GB. The auction … Continue reading

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Singapore is in the wrong timezone

Most people who have been living in Singapore all their lives wouldn’t know this: Singapore is in the wrong timezone. To be precise, Singapore should be in the GMT +7 timezone, but we are using the GMT +8 instead. This … Continue reading

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‘Stemaritans’ help breathe life into maths and science

Quite interesting term “Stemaritans”, referring to people who promote STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math). ‘Stemaritans’ help breathe life into maths and science The Straits Times “Parents think highly of the Singapore education system and like the fact that the bulk of our … Continue reading

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He who loves learning is better than he who knows how to learn (Confucius)

From Baidu Baike: 知之者不如好之者,好之者不如乐之者: 对于学习,了解怎么学习的人,不如喜爱学习的人;喜爱学习的人,又不如以学习为乐的人。比喻学习知识或本领,知道它的人不如爱好它的人接受得快,爱好它的人不如以此为乐的人接受得更快。 Translation: He who knows how to learn, is not as good as he who likes learning. He who likes learning, is not as good as he who loves learning. (Confucius) I guess this applies to … Continue reading

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It’s mathematically impossible to beat aging, scientists say

According to Math, no one can live forever. So far, the only counterexample that I know of is Turritopsis dohrnii, also known as the “immortal jellyfish”. The article doesn’t seem to address this counterexample though. Source: Science Daily Aging is a … Continue reading

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Leibniz was a universal genius, but why is Isaac Newton more known? Does it have to do with Newton being British and Leibniz being German?

Answer by Albert Heisenberg, Science Historian M.A. Brown University Leibniz’s formulation of differential and integral calculus was more refined, elegant, and ‘generalizable’ than Newton’s ‘fluxions.’ Leibniz, the natural genius that he was, became interested in mathematics much later in his life … Continue reading

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DSA Interview Questions

Interviews can be intimidating even for adults, let alone 12 year olds. However, the DSA interview is a very important aspect, especially since many would have the same qualifications / test results. Familiarizing with some of the questions can be … Continue reading

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