# Maths

## Maths

Learning maths is fun

http://www.mathsisfun.com/fractions-menu.html

Pizza is divided into 8 portions. Where has 1/8th gone??

What is the most popular colour?

Why did the m&m go to school? To beome a smartie!!!

Maths Week in Dominican College

Maths Week in Dominican College aims to raise awareness, appreciation and understanding of mathematics for all. Maths is needed in today's world and those people with poor proficiency in Maths will be disadvantaged in life. In addition we need to encourage more young people to work harder at Maths in school to progress on to areas such as Maths itself,

engineering, science, accountancy etc. All too common we hear people say "I can't do Maths" and this leads to an idea that you have to be hardwired for Maths. Of course, not everyone will become a top mathematician but everyone can do better than they do and many could learn to enjoy Maths if we can break this "cycle of fear". The events of Maths Week are designed to present Maths as interesting, challenging and yet rewarding - and yes, even fun! Link : www.mathsweek.ie

A TIMETABLE OF EVENTS PROMOTING MATHS WEEK IN
DOMINICAN
COLLEGE OCT 12

Why study Mathematics?

Learning maths is fun

http://www.mathsisfun.com/fractions-menu.html

Pizza is divided into 8 portions. Where has 1/8th gone??

What is the most popular colour?

Why did the m&m go to school? To beome a smartie!!!

Maths Week in Dominican College

Maths Week in Dominican College aims to raise awareness, appreciation and understanding of mathematics for all. Maths is needed in today's world and those people with poor proficiency in Maths will be disadvantaged in life. In addition we need to encourage more young people to work harder at Maths in school to progress on to areas such as Maths itself,

engineering, science, accountancy etc. All too common we hear people say "I can't do Maths" and this leads to an idea that you have to be hardwired for Maths. Of course, not everyone will become a top mathematician but everyone can do better than they do and many could learn to enjoy Maths if we can break this "cycle of fear". The events of Maths Week are designed to present Maths as interesting, challenging and yet rewarding - and yes, even fun! Link : www.mathsweek.ie

A TIMETABLE OF EVENTS PROMOTING MATHS WEEK IN

^{TH}– 17^{TH}2009EVENT |
DATE |
TARGET YEAR GROUP |
Prizes |

“Magic of Maths” Lecture in RDS |
Monday Oct 12th |
ALL TY’S |
N/A |

Math’s Quiz -powerpoint |
Wednesday Oct 14^{th} |
-All First Years, during class time |
Prize at Assembly following week |

Math’s Quiz -powerpoint |
Wednesday Oct 14^{th} |
All Second Years during class time |
Prize at Assembly following week |

Sudoka |
Thursday Oct 15^{th} |
All Students -In Library at lunch time. -Interested students must give their names to Ms. Tracy or Ms. Mohan |
-Winners announced Friday 325pm over PA. -Collect prize then |

Brainteasers on line |
Math’s Week Last day to submit Thurs 14 ^{th} |
All Classes - e-mail your answer to : (email will be updated shortly) |
-Winners announced Friday 325pm over PA. -Collect prize then |

Poster Competition |
Due Tues Oct 13^{th} |
1^{st} Years |
Prize at Assembly following week |

Brainteasers in class |
Every Day |
Non- Exam Classes |

Why study Mathematics?

Mathematics is about developing an understanding of numbers and measuring. It helps to prepare for many practical aspects of day-to-day living. It enables the learner to think logically and solve problems, which are skills for life. Engineering, computing, architecture, business and, in fact, every possible career choice will involve one or more aspects of Mathematics. Without Maths, we would not have the technology to surf the Internet, build a bridge, weigh ourselves, design or manufacture a car, fly an aeroplane, use a mobile phone…

**What is the best way to study Mathematics?**

A common problem faced by students of Mathematics is that when presented with a Maths problem, it can be hard to establish a correct starting point. When prompted in class by a teacher or fellow student, they know how to complete the task but without that assistance at home can feel very lost. It is essential to take useful notes and tips from class, which can easily be understood later. This will prove invaluable when studying at home.

**How should Maths be studied at home?**

Revise the material learned in class that day. This should include:

1. Mathematical concepts.

2. new Mathematical terms/vocabulary.

3. working through examples shown in class.

Use examples from the textbook and class to help you but make every effort to understand them instead of just trying to make your exercises look like the examples.

Answer the homework questions by showing the methodology used as well as the answers. When a question is completed, always ensure that the answer makes sense. Eg. Make sure that a table that you should calculate to be 2m in length is not found to be 2cm or 20m!

Remember........................

The best way to study Mathematics is to actually work out questions for yourself.

**Useful Websites for Mathematics**

A very comprehensive gateway site (a site that categorises and links to lots of other sites). It contains sections on:

General Topics, Geometry, Fractals, History of Mathematics and Mathematical Software

http://www.tc.cornell.edu/EDU/MathSciGateway/general.asp

Some fun numeracy games here can be played online. A good way to practise against the clock!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/megamaths/

This is part of one of the most famous sites for mathematics education: the Maths Forum at Swarthmore. There are many categorised links to other pages.

http://mathforum.org/library/

This is a search engine and yields Yahoo's categorisation of many mathematical sites.

http://dir.yahoo.com/science/mathematics/

This site is loaded with problems and games for both teachers and students. It is definitely worth a look!

http://www.mathgoodies.com/

This site contains multiple levels of games for any age group. All are colourful and easy to follow.

http://www.coolmath.com/