Friday, December 27, 2013

Ho Ho Ho Holiday Math and more

Dear All,

First of all, Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year. Yes, I agree I have been not updating my blog for quite sometime now but as you would have all heard or seen that I have been mighty busy.
All Math and no play
Having said that, lets see what have we missed. Clearly many holidays have gone by such as Ramadan, Hanukkah, Diwali and now of course its that wonderful Christmas season. 

Who does not love holidays? I for one love them because firstly I have very few of them ha ha. So what do I do? Hmmm practically nothing besides eating, sleeping, watching my favorite TV flicks, spending time with my girl (she is 6 years now, catch them when they are young) besides the occasional Skype talk with my folks and of course the random tweet or Facebook update and if I am really in the mood, even some nice Google+ video uploads with my own outlooks about it.

For kids, Holidays can be fun but at the same time, I have always maintained my stance that Math is a very volatile subject and at the same time very slimy so my request 

Yes, I will be posting my regular quota of Math worksheets which can be done during the Holidays, but what about Pi Day does anyone know what that is? Maybe the illustration below can explain us better:

If you want to know more about Pi aka 
or want to have your own slice of PI
you might want to check this out: World of Pi
Some of the things you could be doing on a Pi Day: 
And lastly, while on Pi check out this neat video made by the wonderful Matt Parker aka @standupmaths for the @Numberphile channel.

Or even matter, if you have heard of a certain Danica McKellar, check this out:

Also brings back my most important question to you all, why are Math skills considered so important?

This link shows us why: Importance of Math Skills. While you go and figure that out, check these below links for some great Holiday Math activities and worksheets.

1. Holiday Math I via (that is a wonderful site)

2. Holiday Math II via Julia Leonard (@mathworksheetsl)
In addition to all this, if you want a healthy dose of Math worksheets to work on, learn more about this fascinating subject and learn all the advantages with some nice FREE help on her (yes I did mention in my earlier blogs that Math is a woman, don't you agree?) you might want to check StudyGeek, they are pretty awesome.

On that happy note, I would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year 2014 via that superb (@spikedmath)

                                             Remember though that I will be pretty much (No Math there)
and yes before I sign out, my New Year Blog resolution I will be adding a new page in my blog titled Math Apps and me where I will be reviewing one Math iOS app per week for all you Math lovers using the iOSphere.

So long Cheerios, Adios Amigos, Asta La Vista dear all, this is me Vijay aka your MathMan signing off, stay safe and blessed wherever you are. 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Inspiring people (Mathematically again)

Dear All,

How are you doing? Its that time of the year when the sun is out and the lazy ones are in ha ha, you guess it's time for
Now there are many activities, one can do in summer. Some of the most notable ways which help us to have fun while also doing Math during summer can be seen from this site: Summer Math lessons
This link shows some easy steps to better our Math proficiency: Summer Math Skills

Now what is the use of instilling all these activities in our kids/students without actually a dash of inspiration involved in them. So lets all try and show our kids how Math can inspire us with the help of the below shown videos:


Conrad Wolfram: Teaching kids real math with computers

2. Donald Duck in Mathemagic Land (This one is my favorite!)

3. Teaching Math without Words: 

In addition to all this, there are also some great #Edtech tools which can be used in the Math classroom. The more notable ones are shared beautifully here: Edtech with Math where my lovely Maths colleague (Colleen) has been mentioned. She is truly a Maths inspiration along with my cousin Bon Crowder @mathfour ( both amazing female Math(s) educators I have the pleasure to know. Additonally, if someone wants to get a touch of inspiration you can read always my own inspiring story(who knows, you might actually like me more lol) via My Story.

Some strategies to motivate underachieving students are so beautifully illustrated via this link as well:
                                                          Motivational Strategies

So here is me again yours truly Vijay aka the MathMan signing off, stay blessed dear friends across the globe wherever you are. Till the next time, adios amigos!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

How to waste your time (Mathematically of course!)

Dear All,

It's me again, your friendly neighborhood MathMan from a month long hiatus. Today on a lovely Tuesday morning as I sit down and do nothing, I decided to let you all know about my secret of, "How to waste your time" yes dear friends you heard it right and of course you read it here first!

They say that "an idle mind is the devil's workshop" or as shown below:
Idle Mind
Wasting Time, what does it look like? Is it something which we can see below 

There are also other techniques which you can try for eg. Watching youtube videos, spend idle chats with friends whom you nevertheless meet on real life, trying to clean the house even though your wife has managed to keep the house in order at her level best, downloading countless movies your favorite TV shows and start watching them one after the other so that you can boast of all the stories and the spoilers to all your friends. For more help needed, you might wanna check Wasting Time the Wikihow way or alternatively 1000 ways to waste time. I would also recommend you watching a lovely Aziz Ansari video to get some ideas to waste time especially on the net.

Wait a minute, dont leave this page well not yet atleast! Now I am going to show you some of my time wasting techniques especially using our lovely dearest friend Math.
There are plenty of Math websites which help us to have fun with Math thus indulging in some lovely activities. Some of the more notable ones which I use with my kids are Math is Fun 
Lots of Math fun and activities using this terrific website Fun Mathematics 

Some other fun websites with lots of Math activities includes the wonderful Education World after all we love Math, dont we? 

At the end of all these activities, if you are still unclear or undefined like 
as how to waste your time then surely check this out:

Enough said and written dear friends so as my good man says here

Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I have enjoyed writing this dear friends and as always I welcome each one of you for your comments and suggestions.

Till the next time, this is your MathMan signing off
Stay Blessed Everyone

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Anniversaries and Math to the rescue(who else!!!)

Hello All,

It's me again, your friendly neighborhood MathMan(ahem! well that was Spiderman but then who cares, right?) It's been quite a well since I wrote last during my birthday. Well yesterday happened to be my parent's wedding anniversary 
Mom Dad and my kiddo
and I thought what a better way to commemorate them than to write about this lovely yearly celebration which all we family people love. As I grew up, actually growing enough to think on my own I discovered that each year as the anniversary grows by one year, there is a name rather a gift article attached to it. The common ones start with the 5th anniversary, so we would wish something like Happy Wood Anniversary, 10th being the Tin/Aluminium(seriously?), 25th one the Silver, 50th Golden etc. 

Now the most common predicament which comes to a man's mind is how to make his beloved wife happy, well you could either just tell her that you love her so {{{{{{{{{{ }}}}}}}}}}}}} much or like in this picture 

Anyways here is a link Anniversaries and their add ons for people who are interested in knowing more about anniversaries, the gift they may consider buying for their spouse as per their year of celebration. Another situation may arise when the hubby inadvertently forget their anniversaries, the wives can help their husbands by taking a look at this illustration
Nice Idea!!!
Coming back dear friends, what could be the best way of learning your Mathematics well? I'd say:
1. Learn the basics very well.
2. Know your numbers and types of numbers very well, read my first post if you wish to know more about numbers.
3. Learn the basic operations including Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division and PEMDAS.
Remember this:

After you have mastered that, you may want to try this one:
4. Write in a very clear and legible letters, after all handwriting plays a very important role. You may want to check this: Tips for Mathematical Handwriting, gives lovely tips and illustrations towards a better Math presentation in writing skills.
5. Always show your working in well defined steps.
6. Practice and solve more and more problems of the same type till you get them grilled in your head. I would advice to do this, starting right from the Multiplication Times Tables, Fractions, Algebra, Geometry, Quadratic Formula etc.
As always, lastly some links for all of you, if you wish to:

1. Remember Math Basics: Remembering Math
2. Study Math: How to Study Math
3. Learning Math through lovely Math Games for the Kindergarten to the 5th Grade: Learning Math Games for Kids

Now finally to end this piece, my wedding anniversary happens to fall on this month end, yes you guessed it right on the 30th of June and guess what I may end up giving her hmmm 
So for all of you, what year are we celebrating, remember the Math?

This is Vijay aka your Mathman signing off
Stay Blessed

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Birthday Time Folks

Yes yes, first let me apologize to my readers that I have not written in the last 2-3 weeks. Well it's examination time here at my end with kids writing their IB, IGCSE and SAT exams, so I was totally submerged in it as well.

Now, what could be the occasion this time around coming up to write a piece? well you guessed it right dear friends, its my Happy Happy Birthday coming up this Wednesday i.e. 22nd of May. Now well, can you guess one more thing, yes what could be my age. Here are some hints, a) I am a 2-digit prime number. b) I can be written as the sum of 2 perfect squares. c) I am the only two digit number in base 10 whose product, when multiplied by two, subtracted by one, and then read backwards, equals the original two digit number. Now that should have kept your brain exercise for a little while and voila! for those who got it right the MAGIC NUMBER, yours truly is turning this week is 37.

2 science facts about the number 37, a) 37 is the atomic number for Rubidium(now I know where my continuous state of reactivity comes from) and b) 37 deg C is the normal body temperature in the human body.
Some other known facts about 37 a) +37 was the international dialing code of the German Democratic Republic (aka East Germany). Today the +37 prefix is shared by Lithuania (+370), Latvia (+371),Estonia (+372), Moldova (+373), Armenia (+374), Belarus (+375), Andorra (+376), Monaco (+377), San Marino (+378) and Vatican City (+379). b) Incidentally 37 is also the number most people state when asked to give a random number between 0 and 100. Thank you Wikipedia for all the findings.

Freebies for you: Since it is after all my birthday, here are some pages you might want to visit:
a) It's my birthday, as well: A very well written article by Steven Strogatz showing you the chances(Probability for you #math language experts) that two of you can share the same birthday.
You can read it here: It's my Birthday too.

b) How to celebrate your birthday with Math: An excellent #Math based article superbly written by my cousin Bon (aka @mathfour on twitter).
You can find her piece here: Birthday Math

c) Exactly... how old are you??? An excellent page showing exactly how many years/months/weeks/days/hours/minutes/seconds have you lived so far:
You can find this beauty here: Seriously, what's your age?

That sums up my birthday special dear friends, hope you enjoyed it. As always I would love a lot of comments if possible 37 at least ;) they could be of any of the types mentioned below:

And lastly, maybe you would all want a small dance with me, maybe Mathematically what say? you decide the dance and we can totally do it then! So come on dear friends, join me in the celebrations:

So long then dear friends, keep in touch. God Bless you All
Vijay aka the MathMan

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

My Inheritance And All About Numbers

Hello Everyone,

Mensa Puzzles
Its me again as promised the last week. People usually inherit a lot of wealth, houses, land and some even inherit their family businesses. When it came to me, I guess I inherited a lot of logical skills from my father. He used to always encourage me in solving crosswords, trying out different puzzles including

Numbers always enthused me and I looked for them wherever I went.
My house number was 7, student ID number 23, Date of Birth 22, Basketball Jersey no. 13, soon I was surrounded by numbers wherever I went. I would rather see this as a new interest in my life, 

Wikipedia states that as a Mathematical object used to count, label and measure. I loved the counting part the most as I believe counting is very integral part of our lives. We count our moments, coins, objects and most importantly we count our blessings 

I learnt counting mostly using my ten fingers, yes I figured that out after I knew my 1-10. 
The illustration shows how I learnt counting numbers using my fingers:

There are many types of Number System, the most notable being:

  • Real numbers. Real numbers consists of all the numbers out there. They can take on any form — fractions or whole numbers, decimal points or no decimal points. Real numbers can take value ranging from -∞ to +∞ or -Infinity to +Infinity. Symbolically they are represented as |R.
  • Natural numbers. Natural numbers are all numbers greater than zero, but don’t include fractions: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and so on into infinity. Symbolically they are represented as |N.
  • Whole numbers. Whole numbers are just all the natural numbers plus a zero: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and so on into infinity. They act like natural numbers and are used when whole amounts (no fractions) are required. Zero can also indicate none. 
  • Integers. Integers are basically all whole numbers and their opposites. Integers can be described as being positive and negative whole numbers:  –3, –2, –1, 0, 1, 2, 3, . . Symbolically they are represented as |Z.
  • Rational numbers. Numbers which can be written in the form of a fraction are known as Rational Numbers. Symbolically they are represented as |Q.
  • Irrational numbers. Irrational numbers are the opposite of rational numbers. An irrational number cannot be written as a fraction and decimals which never end. 
  • Even numbers. An even number is one that divides evenly by two, such as 2, 4, 6, and 8.
  • Odd numbers. An odd number is one that does not divide evenly by two, such as 1, 3, 5, and 7.

    Interested readers may want to check this site: History of Numbers for more insight on the origin and usage of Numbers.
    Numbers can be seen everywhere in real life including in clocks, calendars, measuring speed, distances, weight etc. I would also recommend these 2 highly rated shows namely a) Numb3rs and b) Touch for the unlimited and profound use of numbers. Right then, its me Vijay aka Mathman signing off.
    Stay Safe everyone wherever you are.

Friday, April 26, 2013

My first tryst with Mathematics

Hello Everyone,

Here I am, after days of pondering I hereby pronounce my foray into the Blogosphere. In this first inaugural post, I will be narrating to all of you my first experiences with my first love, yes, you guessed it right Mathematics. I studied in a small private school in Bombay(Mumbai of today). My secondary school Math teacher was a very disciplined one, always making us practise hard in our Fractions, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry etc. I also remember her telling us how much Math is going to be relevant in our lives. She also gave us tons of worksheets as part of our daily practice reminding us how homework is useful for feedbacks and proper understanding of the concepts.

I immediately fell in love with Math and all her fundamental Algebra and Geometry concepts sharply imbibed in my mind. Here, you can also see my earliest 2 best buddies, they were

Math classes were eagerly anticipated and greeted with a lot of enthusiasm from my side. Math soon became my best friend. I started solving puzzles including the Mensa Puzzles, lots of other puzzle books including the impeccable incredibly challenging ones written by the recently departed Shakuntala Devi who can be attributed as creating my first awe struck moments. Her book Puzzles to Puzzle You became my best companion in times of stress, despair and even sometimes anxiety.
As you must have all seen that my Math career got a jump start thanks largely due to the two lovely Math women my secondary school teacher Mrs Bharathi and the late Mathematics genius Mrs. Shakuntala Devi thus dismissing any qualms that women and Math do not go hand in hand. 
To quote myself  
Thirst for Math
Do let me know what you feel about my blog, I will be more than happy to hear from you.

Stay Blessed Everyone
Vijay aka the MathMan