Category Archives: math

When religion (Pope Francis) met science (Stephen Hawking)

Also interesting is that the founder of the “Big Bang” theory was a Catholic priest! A Catholic priest, Fr. Georges Lemaître, is “Father of the Big Bang Theory” Source: https://aleteia.org/2016/12/03/when-religion-pope-francis-met-science-stephen-hawking/ The meeting was cordial, in spite of their diametrically opposed views … Continue reading

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Happy Pi Day!

Happy Pi Day to all readers of Mathtuition88.com! Check out our previous posts on Pi: Did you know, Pi day is also Einstein’s Birthday? How to get Pi on Calculator – Without pressing the Pi Button The Mystery of e^Pi-Pi … Continue reading

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Zuji Promo Codes

Zuji is a famous flight and hotel booking service. By using the below Promo Codes, you can save some money from their cheap and good bookings. (Please use the links provided below to enter the official Zuji website!) Product: Flights Period: 19 … Continue reading

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Stephen Hawking dies aged 76

RIP Stephen Hawking. Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-43396008 The British physicist was known for his work with black holes and relativity, and wrote several popular science books including A Brief History of Time. “We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today,” … Continue reading

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Researchers studying the Flynn effect have found that scores on IQ tests have actually improved over time.

This is an interesting read for parents and students. Basically, IQ is a complex notion that is dependent on various factors, including environment and educational factors. Source: ThoughtCo You’ve probably heard someone lament the state of “kids today”: that current … Continue reading

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Singapore’s Only Live Turtle And Tortoise Museum Is Closing This March & Here’s How You Can Help

I have visited the Turtle Museum around 2015/2016. It was a very impressive collection of turtles and tortoises, right in the middle of the Chinese Gardens. Even includes rare species like the Alligator Snapping Turtle. Quite sad to hear that … Continue reading

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Poll Results: Which JC is the Best?

62 people have voted for the best JC in Singapore. (Poll is at: Which JC is the best in Singapore? At top place is Nanyang Junior College 12.9% (8 votes), tied with Raffles Institution 12.9% (8 votes). Visit the poll to see the … Continue reading

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Stolen A-Level scripts: 75 of 238 affected students will re-sit Chemistry Paper 3

Sincerely wishing good luck to those retaking their exams. It is certainly not easy, especially for boys who by that time will be in National Service. Also, for a fact-intensive course like Chemistry, with each passing month it gets harder … Continue reading

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The magic (and math) of skating on thin ice without falling in

Very interesting video. Do try to imagine the sound of the ice and check out the video to confirm your guess. Very surprising sound! It is a pity that not many countries have such ice to skate in. The main … Continue reading

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Brand’s Essence of Chicken Effectiveness

Students studying hard for exams may often feel mentally tired, though technically they are sitting on the chair most of the time. This is because the brain actually uses around 20% of the body’s energy despite the brain only being … Continue reading

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Free Entry into Science Centre (In Conversation with … John Edmark)

Students interested in the fusion of math, science and art may be interested to attend this wonderful event. Note: Pre-registration is needed for your free entry into the Science centre. URL: http://www.science.edu.sg/events/Pages/EventDetail.aspx?ID=1251@event?ID=1251 24 March 2018   10:30 – 12:00 Location: Maxwell Auditorium The … Continue reading

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Wakin Chau 周华健 was a Math Major at University

Something interesting that not many people know? Also see Famous Nonmathematicians who studied Mathematics. Wakin Chau was born in a rice store owned by his family in Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong. Growing up as the fourth son in his seven-member family, … Continue reading

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Latest SG Education News

Policies In Brief: Tuition fee subsidies The Straits Times Income eligibility criteria for the Mendaki Tertiary Tuition Fee Subsidy scheme will be revised upwards from August. … Students previously unable to take part in Outward Bound Singapore adventure training or overseas volunteer programmes organised by Youth Corps Singapore may get … Continue reading

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Wanton Noodles

Originally posted on Cooking For Fun:
As a Chinese born and grew up in northern part of China, I’m very familiar with noodles. Yet, its very difficult for me to cook southern pattern noodles well, like rice noodle, Hokkien mee.…

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The Best Job: Mathematician

Originally posted on Math Online Tom Circle:
The above survey was 2009 USA Job Market. By 2018, Number 1 Job is AI / Data Scientist in USA / China / Europe high-tech market, which still needs Mathematics. eg. Linear Algebra…

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Speak Mandarin Campaign Activities

Just to share, for those who are interested. Two theatrical works, Four Horses Road, and Legend of the Monkey King, are happening this month/next month.

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French Math “Coniques” : ellipses, paraboles, hyperboles.

Originally posted on Math Online Tom Circle:
French Math is unique in treating these 3 conic curves: (ellipse, parabola, hyperbola), always starts from the first principle – a la the Cartesian Spirit “I think therefore I am” (我思故我在). “Catersian” Analytical…

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Chinese Competition (Total Prize of $20,000 SGD)

Quite a good deal if you are also interested in obtaining the HSK (Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì) Grade 6 Qualification (HSK六级成绩报告), which will be useful if you study/work in China in the future. Entry fee is S$90 for test takers at … Continue reading

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数学范畴化 Categorification

Originally posted on Math Online Tom Circle:
https://www.zhihu.com/question/31823394/answer/53592663?from=timeline Key Points: Category and Functor are above the underlying algebraic structures (Set, Group, Ring, Vector Spaces, etc), study the relations between these structures. Early 19 CE mathematicians before “Category Theory” already knew…

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Why Math is so Sexy?

Originally posted on Math Online Tom Circle:
Cédric Villani (Field Medal 2010) mathematician becomes a deputé (Member of Parliament) in President Emmanuel Macron’s new party “En Marche” consisting of 90% non politicians. His new revolution in French Primary School Math…

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Comment montrer qu’une fonction n’est pas surjective

Originally posted on Math Online Tom Circle:
This is French “Abstract Algebra” in Math Superieure (Baccalauréat + 1 year) : rigorous and unique French way! Others: Injective, Injective

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Six books that have shaped my mathematical worldview

Originally posted on Math Online Tom Circle:
https://medium.com/@fjmubeen/six-books-that-have-shaped-my-mathematical-worldview-7adb5cdd147 First book: The 17th CE French Mathematician-cum-Judge Fermat is the name of my alma-mater French Engineering (undergraduate) University. https://tomcircle.wordpress.com/2015/08/05/new-book-《birth-of-a-theorem-a-mathematical-adventure》/

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AI – DeepLearning – Machine Learning

Originally posted on Math Online Tom Circle:
3 Waves of AI Evolution: 1st Wave (1950s) : Alan Turing “The Father of AI” and his Princeton Prof Alonzo Church (Lambda Calculus). MIT Prof Malvin Minksy’s “Lisp” Functional Programming (a.k.a. Symbolic or…

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《The Master Algorithm》

Originally posted on Math Online Tom Circle:
Main Point: One single “Master Algorithm” for all kinds of knowledge from chess to Go to Medicine to Stocks to …, only differ in ‘Data’ context, but the same One thinking “Mind”. 《The…

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The Pros & Cons of the French Elitist Grandes Ecoles

Originally posted on Math Online Tom Circle:
The French Grandes Écoles System is characterized by one unique Ultra-Selective Exams – “Concours” (pronounced as Kongu) or 科举 (pronounced in Chinese dialect Fujian as “Kogu”) a la the 1,300- year Chinese Imperial…

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Reform in French Baccalaureat

Originally posted on Math Online Tom Circle:
Current Baccalaureat Drawback: Study too many subjects, High Drop out New Reform: Specialised on 4 major subjects – include compulsory French Literature (penultimate year before Bac) & Philosophy. ala British A-level on 4…

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英国留学生带你回忆被数学支配的恐惧

Originally posted on Math Online Tom Circle:
这位中国留英数学专业的小伙子有很好的口才: 数学之美, 他的数学遗憾。 华威大学(The University of Warwick),famous for mathematics in UK. Key Points: Einstein用 Riemann Geometry 数学救了Newton 物理。 中国数学的没落: 自从明朝科举废除数学考试 3位大师救近代中国数学: 华罗庚, 陈省身, 苏步青 数学光明的未来: AI, Big Data, Cloud Computing https://youtu.be/XtGZe229gc0 天才的崎岖道路: “扫地僧”张益唐…

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Top 20 Math Books on Machine Learning / AI

Originally posted on Math Online Tom Circle:
https://www.quora.com/If-you-could-buy-20-math-books-for-machine-learning-what-books-would-you-buy/answer/Sridhar-Mahadevan-6?share=75acc7bc&srid=oZzP The first 4 books (by Strang, Lang, etc) are the Masterpieces. Linear Algebra by Strang. He writes math like few folks do, no endless paragraphs of definitions and theorems. He tells you…

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Royal Caribbean Promotion – Free Stuff to be won

Royal Hunt QR Codes The first two tiers of rewards are Polar and Ya Kun $2 vouchers. The final tier is a chance to win the top prize (worth $15,000); a seven-night Mediterranean Cruise for two on board Royal Caribbean’s … Continue reading

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Malcolm Gladwell Masterclass Review

Masterclass: Malcolm Gladwell Teaches Writing Malcolm Gladwell is one of my favorite authors. He is very famous in the US, since his books have hit the bestsellers list in America multiple times. I have written the following reviews on books/articles … Continue reading

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No homework, full-day school curriculum to help level playing field (Proposal, not implemented yet)

Full-day school is quite a drastic measure to combat tuition. Also, unless full-day means 7am to 7pm, it is unlikely to be different from the status quo. Any parent with children in secondary school or JC is aware that school … Continue reading

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NUS to offer veterinary medicine

Good news to those who want to be a vet! (Previously the usual option is to study in Australia). The veterinary medicine programme looks very rigorous, taking a total of 5.5 – 6.5 years, more than the duration of NUS … Continue reading

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Singapore Math Free Resources for Homeschool

Singapore Math is a popular resource for homeschooling children in the United States and many countries. Due to its challenging questions and unique methodology, Singapore Math prepares children for real math at higher levels. We have curated some of the … Continue reading

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SOSD Flag Day (Help Stray Dogs)

If you are free do go support SOSD in their Flag day! Sign up here: https://sosd.org.sg/?post_type=dd_events&p=11275 FLAG DAY 2018! FLAG COLLECTORS NEEDED! DATE: 04 MARCH 2018 SUNDAY VENUE: YOUTH PARK TIME: 9am to 6pm In a few months, we will be moving to our … Continue reading

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Singapour : Les Maths Singapour- Une Methode Miracle

Originally posted on Math Online Tom Circle:
La remise du rapport Villani au Ministre de l’Education nationale Mr. Blanquer préconisant 21 mesures pour l’enseignement des mathématiques en France, a mis à l’honneur, par ricochet et par voix de presse, la…

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6 Fascinating Periods In Music History

Source: http://www.karaokechamps.com/history-of-music/

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Higher paying job than Doctor / Lawyer

We encourage top students to look beyond the traditional Singaporean jobs of Doctor / Lawyer as there are new emerging jobs that can equal or even surpass the pay of Doctor/Lawyer. At the end of the day, do also consider … Continue reading

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GEP Questions

Recently one of our GEP Questions, the Fish Tank Question, was featured in the popular news site Mustsharenews. Do also check out our other equally tough GEP questions: The Worker Question Chicken and Rabbit GEP Question Gauss Sum Question GEP … Continue reading

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238 Singaporean A-level H2 Chemistry exam scripts stolen in the UK

Unbelievable. I think this should be the first time such an incident happen. Hope the affected students will get a fair grade despite this unfortunate incident. Source: Yahoo A parcel containing 238 scripts for the 2017 GCE A-Level H2 Chemistry … Continue reading

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What to do if fail A level Singapore

What to do if did not do well for A Levels For those who did not do well for A Levels, do not be overly disheartened. Though it may seem like the end of the world, it is not, and … Continue reading

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The results of the 2017 Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE A-Level) examination will be released on Friday, 23 February 2018.

Good luck to all collecting their A Level results today! Check out our post on BMAT Book Recommendations for NTU Medicine, and also Alternate Admission Route to NUS Computing. 1. The results of the 2017 Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Advanced Level … Continue reading

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中一高华成语练习(一)Secondary 1 Higher Chinese Idioms Exercise I

Originally posted on Chinese Tuition Singapore:
爱屋及乌    按部就班    百年树人    百折不挠     班门弄斧 杯弓蛇影    杯水车薪    悲天悯人    闭门造车     兵不厌诈 不耻下问    不二法门    不劳而获    不胜枚举     不务正业 不翼而飞    沧海桑田    长年累月    长袖善舞     痴人说梦 1,他乐于助人的事迹(        ),老师让我们向他学习。 2,十年树木,(         )。 3,三人行必有我师,有问题要谦虚好学,(       ),才能更加进步。 4,这点帮助对这个不幸的家庭来说,只不过是(        )。 5,倘若你没有经过努力,就想(       ),是不会取得真正的成功的。 6,真心喜欢一个人,往往会(        ),喜欢他的一切。 7,不管在生活中遇到什么困难,我们要有(         )的精神。…

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Heroic math teacher saved her students from Florida shooting

Heroic math teacher saved her students from Florida shooting by covering classroom door’s window, ordering kids to the floor and refusing to let anyone in… even the SWAT team. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5399143/Heroic-teacher-saved-students-Florida-shooting.html#ixzz57i0Hcvi9 Heroic math teacher saved her students from Florida … Continue reading

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Tricky Riddle involving a horse

Can YOU figure it out? Simple math riddle about a horse leaves social media users totally stumped Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5400399/Facebook-users-stumped-simple-math-riddle.html#ixzz57ZL1KUHY Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

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Linear System of Differential Equations, Solutions, Phase Portrait Sketching

Solutions of Homogeneous Linear System of DE where and are eigenvalue and eigenvector for respectively. Superposition Principle If and are two solutions to a homogeneous SDE , then is also a solution for any scalars , . Euler’s formula General … Continue reading

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The Self-Driven Child (i.e. How to make your child motivated to study)

I think this book is a excellent read for Singaporean parents. Have your child ever seem to be too laid back and resist improvement, although he or she has great potential? Often children in Singapore have to be “forced” to … Continue reading

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Characteristic Polynomial, Eigenvalues, Eigenvectors

Characteristic Polynomial, Eigenspace The solution space of is called the eigenspace of associated with the eigenvalue . The eigenspace is denoted by . Sum/Product of Eigenvalues – The sum of all eigenvalues of (including repeated eigenvalues) is the same as … Continue reading

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Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year (Year of the Dog) to all readers of Mathtuition88!

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Finding Least Squares Solution Review and Others

Rotation Matrix The rotation matrix rotates points in the -plane counterclockwise through an angle about the origin. For example rotating the vector 45 degrees counterclockwise gives us: Finding Least Squares Solution Given (inconsistent system), solve instead to get a least … Continue reading

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Oven-roasted Scampi with Butter & Garlic

Originally posted on Cooking For Fun:
When my husband and I were in Bangkok, we had a very giant Prawn in a restaurant. And several days ago, we found such a giant Prawn in supermarket. So we bought two. Preheat…

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