# Monthly Archives - February 2017

## Practice Makes Perfect

Practice Makes Perfect – The Science Behind This Adage This age old adage is something that my parents used to tell me all the time, and I’m sure you must have heard of this as well. But does it really work? Or are people just fated to be bad at math? Malcolm Gladwell, author of many best-sellers such as The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make A Big Difference, mentioned that in order to become an expert in anything, one needs to [...]

## Valentines for Math Geeks

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow! Have you prepared your gifts? If not, perhaps you may consider showing your inner math geek side to your loved ones… … by making Möbius strip hearts! Show your love in making really cool math art! This is sure to delight your loved ones! Read here for the step-by-step instructions on creating this! To impress your loved ones further, here are some information on what Möbius strips are! What is a Möbius strip? The Möbius strip was discovered independently by German mathematicians August Ferdinand [...]

## Chinese Calendar Math

Happy Chap Goh Mei, or 元宵节快乐! Today is the 15th day of Chinese New Year, and as we celebrate today, let’s take a read at the math behind the Chinese calendar – how it is actually calculated. A little background The Chinese calendar’s origins can be traced as far back as the 14th century BCE. The Shang oracle bones give evidence of a lunisolar calendar which has been much modified but persists to this day. It is believed that the Emperor Huangdi introduced [...]

## Geometry Magic!

2 circles to form 1 square? Watch the math behind this cool trick and how this is done! Now, how is this math, other than the fact that shapes are involved? Well, this is a branch of math called topology. It is the study of surfaces and shapes! It allows interesting math art to take place, such as what was seen in the video. For written instructions on how to create this geometry magic, read here!

## How to Make Kids Less Terrified of Math

Tutoring Can Reduce Math Anxiety A new study published in The Journal of Neuroscience looks at kids who have math anxiety. It finds that tutoring can significantly reduce their nerves, altering the fear circuits in their brains. However, it is interesting to note that these changes were not due to an improvement in math abilities. The study’s senior author Vinod Menon, professor of psychiatry and behavioural sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine, says, “They’re really related to anxiety, and that gives us [...]