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Secondary 4 O Level E Maths and A Maths.
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Hi, do feel free to try out our Maths Challenge (Secondary 4 / age 16 difficulty):
Source: Anderson E Maths Prelim 2011
If you have solved the problem, please email your solution to firstname.lastname@example.org .
(Include your name and school if you wish to be listed in the hall of fame below.)
Students who answer correctly (with workings) will be listed in the hall of fame. 🙂
1) Ex Moe Sec Sch Maths teacher Mr Paul Siew
2) Queenstown Secondary School, Maths teacher Mr Desmond Tay
3) Tay Yong Qiang (Waiting to enter University)
On the road to make math fun
An army major who quit to become a mathematics teacher has embarked on a self-funded tour of the country to promote the subject.
Madanlal Baldevraj Ghai, 70, stayed in a dormitory at Howrah station to keep costs down during the three days he spent in Calcutta recently, meeting officials of the primary and secondary board and the school education department to offer suggestions on how to make the study of mathematics more interesting.
“India has produced brilliant mathematicians not just in the Vedic and medieval ages but also in modern times. Unfortunately, for quite a few years, not many students have been pursuing the subject at the higher level, which has resulted in a decline in the number of top-quality mathematicians,” the former teacher at PMN College in Rajpura, Punjab, told Metro.
“We, the elderly mathematics teachers, need to reach out to students and guardians in every corner of the country to dispel the misconception that mathematics is dry and boring,” added Ghai, who has an MPhil in the subject and is pursuing his PhD at Punjabi University, Patiala.
His 50-day tour was also prompted by the Prime Minister declaring 2012 as the year of mathematics as a tribute to Srinivasa Ramanujan, the autodidact mathematician who died in 1920 at the age of 32.
Many of the world’s most mathematically gifted teenagers come from countries with the most lucrative tutoring industries.
Figures released this week show tutoring in Asia’s powerhouses is widespread, with participation rates more than double those in Australia, though the extent to which their success is a result of a punishing study schedule is unclear.
In test results released by the OECD, 15-year-olds from Shanghai topped the mathematics rankings, performing at a level equivalent to three years ahead of students in Australia.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/data-point/maths-tutoring-adds-up-for-students-oecd-study-20131206-2ywop.html#ixzz2nXVdY3h0
I’m sure many secondary school/Junior College students have know some China scholars in your schools scoring results that are seemingly impossible to reach (90+ for H2 Maths etc.) But when asked what’s their secret to scoring so well, they said they just study & memorize the same way any other student would do before exams.
I heard from my seniors that China scholars usually study till 2 am every night, but I don’t buy into that. I think they’re just exaggerated rumors to explain their excellent grades. Some of my friends say that China’s education gave them really solid foundation, such that they can grasp concepts much faster than the rest.
Anybody know their secret to doing so well?
Read more at http://sgforums.com/forums/8/topics/475066
It seems like the secret of the China scholars is “practice makes perfect”!
The Time magazine even recommends Over-Practicing (http://ideas.time.com/2013/08/20/dont-just-practice-over-practice/)
The brain can get by on less energy when you overlearn a task
Read more: Over-Practicing Makes Perfect | TIME.com http://ideas.time.com/2013/08/20/dont-just-practice-over-practice/#ixzz2mQyatOKF
Source: Incidental Comics
Math, Science, Reading Scores Show U.S. Schools Slipping Behind
Posted: December 10, 2010 PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION: PDF
The United States received a stark wake-up call this week with the release of international test results showing students in other countries are surpassing American students when it comes to math, science and reading. China and Australia outperformed the U.S. in each of the three subject areas tested.
The results of a major international education assessment show that American students are lagging behind many other countries in crucial skills like reading, math and science.
“The United States came in 23rd or 24th in most subjects. We can quibble, or we can face the brutal truth that we’re being out-educated,” said U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
Test compares U.S. to other countries
The PISA tests how advanced students are in science, math and reading compared to their peers around the world.
The test, known as the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), directly assesses how prepared teenagers are in math, science and reading compared to their peers in other countries.
The test is translated into each country’s language, and officials from the participating countries are able to review questions before students take the exam to make sure each test is fair and unbiased.
In the U.S., the participating schools and students are randomly selected. On average, about 4,500 students are tested in each of the participating countries.
Chinese and Finnish students scored highest on the PISA test.
Each PISA subject area is scored on a scale where 500 points is the average. The results announced this week show many countries outperforming the U.S. Here’s a sample:
Math: China 600, Germany 513, United States 487 (31st place)
Reading: China 556, Korea 539, United States 500 (17th place)
Science: China 575, Finland 554, United States 502 (23rd place)
Continue reading at http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/features/us/july-dec10/education_12-10.html
Paper 1: 2 hours (120 min) — 80 marks
Max. Time taken per mark: 1.5 min per mark
Paper 2: 2 hours 30 minutes (150 min) — 100 marks
Max. Time taken per mark: 1.5 min per mark
In O Levels Maths, speed and accuracy is very important indeed!
Even as an MIT student, you can’t study all the time. In fact, we learn better by switching gears frequently. Here are some tips for breaking up your study time effectively.
This is a recent test used in England:
Here’s a Chinese math test:
Now we know why students from China are so good at Maths!
Here is a Math Formula trick to have fun with your friends, to guess their Month of Birthday given their NRIC, within two tries.
(only works for Singapore citizens born after 1970)
For an example, if a person’s NRIC is S8804xxxx, we take 04, divide by 10 to get 0.4
Then, 0.4 multiplied by 3 gives 1.2
Then, guess that the person is either born in January (round down 1.2 to 1) or February (round up 1.2 to 2). There is a high chance that you are right! Usually, round up for the first six months (Jan to Jun), and round down for the last six months (Jul to Dec).
This formula was developed and tested by me. There are some exceptions to the rule, but generally it works fine especially for people born from 1980 to 2000.
Hope you have fun with maths, and impress your friends!
New Delhi: Google is celebrating the 84th birth anniversary of mathematical genius Shakuntala Devi, nicknamed “human computer” for her ability to make complex mental calculations, with a doodle on its India home page.
The doodle salutes Shakuntala Devi’s amazing calculating abilities with a doodle that resembles a calculator.
Shakuntala Devi found a slot in the Guinness Book of World Record for her outstanding ability and wrote numerous books like ‘Fun with Numbers’, ‘Astrology for You’, ‘Puzzles to Puzzle You’, and ‘Mathablit’. She had the ability to tell the day of the week of any given date in the last century in a jiffy. Coming from a humble family, Shakuntala Devi’s father was a circus performer who did trapeze, tightrope and cannonball shows.
Who says Mathematics is useless? It can be useful one day in your career, or just for increasing your general knowledge.
Mathematician Professor Terry Speed wins PM’s science prize
Professor Terry Speed, Head of Bioinformatics at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne, who has been awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Science. Picture: Ray Strange Source: News Limited
The man who last night won the Prime Minister’s Science Prize agrees maths is “not sexy” but it saw him give evidence at the O.J Simpson trial, helped find diamonds and now is determining the cause of cancer.
Mathematician Professor Terry Speed was called as an expert witness for O.J. Simpson in the famous 1995 murder trial where he helped explain to the jury how statistics underpinning DNA worked.
Simpson was acquitted after a trial that lasted more than eight months because his lawyers were able to persuade the jurors that there was reasonable doubt about the DNA evidence.
Forty five years ago Professor Speed testified at the trial of Ronald Ryan, the last man to be hanged in Australia.
He had to explain the geometry of the trajectory of bullets in the case.
In an extensive career the 70 year old statistics whiz has helped determine the size and distribution of Argyle diamonds and looked at kangaroo genomics.
Right now he is working at the cutting edge of medical science helping scientists develop statistical tools to understand the huge volumes of information coming from the human genome.
Work he’s done for a company on a thyroid cancer diagnostic test could help prevent thousands of people from having their thyroids removed unnecessarily.
At present some thyroid tests are inconclusive and tumours are removed even though they turn out to be benign leaving the patient taking hormone replacement therapy for the rest of their lives.
Some of his work is in developing tools that find which genes or gene characteristics may cause cancer if they are switched on or off.
Professor Speed says part of the reason so many people don’t want to study maths and science is they don’t see its potential.
He’s spent his life applying mathematical theories to crime, farming, mining and medical science.
Note: Additional Mathematics is very helpful to take H2 Mathematics in JC!
There are three mathematics syllabi, namely H1 Mathematics, H2 Mathematics and H3 Mathematics.
Students who offered Additional Mathematics and passed the subject at the GCE ‘O’ level examination may take up H2 Mathematics. Students posted to the Arts stream and did not offer Additional Mathematics at the GCE ‘O’ level examination are not allowed to take H2 Mathematics but may consider taking up H1 Mathematics. However, students who are posted to the Science stream but did not offer Additional Mathematics at the GCE ‘O’ level examination are advised to offer H2 Mathematics if they intend to pursue Science or Engineering courses at a university. Students who wish to offer H3 Mathematics must offer H2 Mathematics as well.
The use of a Graphing Calculator (GC) without a computer algebra system is expected for these Mathematics syllabi. The examination papers will be set with the assumption that candidates will have access to GCs.
H1 Mathematics provides a foundation in mathematics for students who intend to enrol in university courses such as business, economics and social sciences. The topics covered include Graphs, Calculus and Statistics. A major focus of the syllabus would be the understanding and application of basic concepts and techniques of statistics. This would equip students with the skills to analyse and interpret data, and to make informed decisions.
H2 Mathematics prepares students adequately for university courses including mathematics, physics and engineering, where more mathematics content is required. The topics covered are Functions and Graphs, Sequences and Series, Vectors, Complex Numbers, Calculus, Permutations and Combinations, Probability, Probability Distributions, Sampling, Hypothesis Testing, and Correlation and Regression. Students would learn to analyse, formulate and solve different kinds of problems. They would also learn to work with data and perform statistical analysis.
H3 Mathematics offers students who have a strong aptitude for and are passionate about mathematics a chance to further develop their mathematical modeling and reasoning skills. Opportunities abound for students to explore various theorems, and to read and write mathematical proofs. Students would learn the process of mathematical modeling for real-world problems, which involves making informed assumptions, validation and prediction. Students may choose from the three H3 Mathematics modules, namely the MOE-UCLES module, the NTU Numbers and Matrices module and the NUS Linear Algebra module.
The MOE-UCLES module is conducted by tutors from our Mathematics Department. The three main topics to be investigated are Graph Theory, Combinatorics and Differential Equations. This module would be mounted only if there’s demand.
The NTU Numbers and Matrices module is conducted by lecturers from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Students would have to travel to Hwa Chong Institution to attend this module.
The NUS Linear Algebra module is conducted by lecturers at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Students who offer this module would have to attend lessons together with the undergraduates at the university.
Attached below are the Formula Lists for E Maths and A Maths (O Level)
Do be familiar with all the formulas for Elementary Maths and Additional Maths inside, so that you know where to find it when needed!
Wishing everyone reading this all the best for their exams. 🙂
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