I’m delighted once again to be presenting a really cool range of math related blog posts and articles. This month, you’ll get to savor math posts related to McDonalds, Dexter, war, an ancient game, an inventor and more!
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3 Cool facts about the number 43:
1) In a survey conducted by AskKids in 2008, 43% of parents admitted to having done their kids’ homework at least once to ease the strain!
2) From Wikipedia, 43 is the largest natural number that is not a McNugget Number.
- you cannot buy 43 McNuggets at McDonald’s by combining multiples of the original packages of 6, 9, and 20 McNuggets.
- you can get 44, 45, 46, … and all larger numbers of McNuggets.
- 44 = 20 + 24 = 20 + 6×4, so you can order four packages of 6 McNuggets, and 1 pack of 20,to get 44.
- 45 is five 9-packs,
- 46 is a 6-pack and two 20s.
- But if you need to purchase exactly 43 McNuggets, you’re out of luck!
3) Also from Wikipedia, 43 is the smallest prime number expressible as the sum of 2, 3, 4, or 5 different primes:
- 43 = 41 + 2
- 43 = 11 + 13 + 19
- 43 = 2 + 11 + 13 + 17
- 43 = 3 + 5 + 7 + 11 + 17
Rebecca Zook is insightful as always in Five tips for a happy math year at Triangle Suitcase – Rebecca Zook’s Blog About Learning, saying, “As we head back into the swing of things, many parents realize that they want to help their kid with math, but aren’t quite sure where to start. Here are five tips you can use throughout the entire coming year — no matter what you’re working on or how old your kid is.”
Alexander Bogomolny answers the question, When am I ever going to use this? Why do we need to learn this? posted at CTK Insights.
Bon Crowder presents Are You Teaching Math Through Motivation or Inspiration?posted at Math is Not A Four Letter Word, saying, “This is a discussion of the difference between motivating a child to learn and inspiring them – and how teachers can get those confused.”
AnnieKate comes up with some Questions for Math Students after Finishing a Problem posted at Tea Time with Annie Kate.
Here, on Maths Insider I interviewed the Shuba Swaminathan, the math mom founder of Lexx Learn: A Cool and Free Maths Tool to Track Your Child’s Achievement and also featured a guest post by Troy Edwards: 5 Fun and Mathematical Ways to Teach Your Child About Money
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Jennifer investigates Cuisenaire Rods for Big(ger) Kids posted at Adventures in Mama-Land, saying, “A simple application of Cuisenaire Rods – and the implications, for one homeschooler, of early familiarity with rods.”
Natasha presents a Q&A with the designer of Thinkfun’s Chocolate Fix IMACS Alumni Profile: Mark Engelberg, Game and Puzzle Inventor posted at IMACS Blog, saying, “This is a great game for learning mathematical logic.”
Kristen plays an Ancient Roman math game in Math Play Day posted at Teaching Stars, saying, “A fun (and did I mention FREE) math game to play with your early learners! You already have everything you need to play- literally!” and she also plays with Cuisenaire Rods + Chopsticks = Even More Mathematical Fun | Teaching Stars , saying, “Building a strong foundation in math and utilizing lots of manipulatives for my early learners.”
Jennifer Bardsley posts a Beast Academy Review” at Teaching My Baby To Read, saying, “Yes, I was one of the lucky recipients of the sample chapters from the Art of Problem Solving folks. Please don’t hate me!”
I hope you enjoyed this 43rd edition of the Math Teachers at Play Carnival!
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