The following trick question appeared in the early 19th century in a Mother Goose nursery rhyme: As I was going to St Ives, I met a man with seven wives, Every wife had seven sacks, Every sack had seven cats, Every cat had seven kits, Kits, cats, sacks, wives, How many were going to St.… Continue reading Can you solve the most famous math problem in English Literature? How many were going to St Ives?

# Category: mathematics

## How the golden ratio and the Fibonacci sequence are connected

Recall that the golden ratio is a special irrational number that is approximately equal to 1.618. It appears frequently in geometry, art, and architecture. Also recall that the Fibonacci sequence is the series of numbers: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34 … Each number is found by adding up the two… Continue reading How the golden ratio and the Fibonacci sequence are connected

## Phi, the number that helps us make beautiful art

The Golden Ratio (phi) There are several well known “irrational numbers”, which are numbers that cannot be expressed as a ratio between two numbers and it cannot be written as a simple fraction because there is not a finite number of numbers when written as a decimal. When irrational numbers are written as decimals the… Continue reading Phi, the number that helps us make beautiful art

## The origin of the Fibonacci Sequence

The Fibonacci sequence is a series of numbers where a number is found by adding the two previous numbers in the series. Starting with 0 and 1, the sequence is … Term X0 X1 X2 X3 X4 X5 X6 X7 X8 X9 Value 0 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 34 The 2… Continue reading The origin of the Fibonacci Sequence

## How kids with dyscalculia may struggle socially

Dyscalculia makes life difficult. Having dyscalculia usually makes math class a humiliating experience, it also makes some common everyday skills difficult as well. Knowing left from right, reading a clock, using standard instruments of measurement such as a ruler or measuring cup, courting money and making change are a few examples. But perhaps the most painful problem dyscalculia gives us is… Continue reading How kids with dyscalculia may struggle socially

## Dyscalculia… why its important we learn more about it

Here’s a simple question for you to answer, which number is larger 55 or 23? The answer is of course 55, most of us can answer this question in less than 0.5 seconds. But there are a few who will take as long as 3 seconds. These people may have something called dyscalculia. Dyscalculia (also known as number… Continue reading Dyscalculia… why its important we learn more about it

## Why estimating should be an important part of every math class

“How long does it take you to drive to work” is a very common question asked, have you ever noticed that the answers we get to this question is almost always a range and never a precise single number? As in “About 15 – 20 minutes” as opposed to “18 minutes”. When it comes to… Continue reading Why estimating should be an important part of every math class