Monday, 31 March 2014

Consultation in Term 2 Week 2 - Algebra: Simplifying, Expansion, Factorisation

Dear S1-02

This week, we will be having non-structural consultation sessions.

I will be available at the following time slots:
  • Tuesday (1 April 2014) 2 pm to 4 pm
  • Thursday (3 April 2014) 2 pm to 4 pm
  • Friday (4 April 2014) 2 pm to 4 pm
Venue: Info Hub Level 4

Topic: Algebra - Simplifying, Expansion and Factorisation

Factorisation by Common Factor(s): What's wrong in the working presented?

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Food-for-Thought: What's the Probably of finding the missing plane?

The following is reported in online Straits Times today (16 March).
Click HERE to read the report and to access the dynamic graphic to have a visual sense on the size.

With the possibility that the MH370 is hijacked, based on the amount of fuel that the missing plane carried with it, the airports that the plane could possibility had landed are identified (in the map shown). According to WNYC, the missing plane could have landed in 634 runways in 26 different countries.

Now, are you able to tell the likelihood, that is, the chances that you will find the plane if you just pick any of these airports? Mathematically, it's possible to have equal chances of finding it in any airport, based on ideal situation. However, the chances of finding the planes in all airport vary now. Why?

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Food-for-Thought: Searching for a needle in a haystack

The following is reported in online Straits Times today (15 March).
Click HERE to read the report and to access the dynamic graphic to have a visual sense on the size.

MH370 has gone missing for more than 7 days and the relevant authorities have expanded the search area to locating the missing plane. Below is the visual representation to give us a sense of how difficult it is to location an object in a vast area.

Based on the information given in the article, and the 'suggested' size of the search area, are you able to estimate the chance of locating MH370 at the 'defined' search area?
Hint: You'll need to express your answer in "standard form".

Friday, 14 March 2014

March Holidays Homework

(A) Written Work
2 sets of written homework were issued on Thursday (13 March 2014).

  • Algebra - GCE "O" level questions (2 pages, short questions) 
    • Deadline: Term 2 Week 1 (28 March 2014, Friday)
  • Algebra - Quiz 1 & Quiz 2 (6 pages, multiple choice questions) - printed on hardcopies, to be marked via AceLearning
    • Deadline: March Holidays (21 March 2014, Friday)
    • Attempt the questions before keying in the answers into the AceLearning Portal that will auto-mark their answers. This is to be completed by next Friday (21 March)
(B) Flipped Classroom Learning
Videos on Algebra - Factorisation, will be posted in the Maths Blog by Monday (18 March 2014). This touches on the "Cross method/ Shoe-laced method" that we will be learning in Term 2 Week 1. 
Some reading materials from the AceLearning will also be assigned to you for reading/ preliminary practice.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Consultation during March Holidays

During the holidays, you may go through the following channels if you need to clarify areas that you are not sure (as you do your homework/ revision):

  • Email 
    • Remember to include the question in the email.
    • Attempt the question first before you say "do not know how to do". Then take a photo of the working and write down which part you are not sure. Email the photo to me.
    • If you do not understand the question, or do not know how to start solving the problem, include the question (either type it or take a photo) and tell me which part of the question you are not sure.
    • Note: When sending email, remember to address the email to me; and sign off with your name and class.
  • Google Hangout (text)/ Talk
  • Face-to-Face session
    • I'll be in school from Monday to Thursday; however, will be conducting support programme or running other programmes or attending workshop.
    • Therefore, you should make an appointment (at least a day before, via email) with me to ensure that I have time set aside to meet and discuss the work with you.

Maths Support Programme (in March Holiday)

Session 3 (S1-02)

Date: 17 March 2014 (Monday)
Time: 1400h - 1600h
Venue: Info Hub (Level 4)

Things to bring:
  • Maths Workbook
  • Writing Materials & Calculator
  • Maths Notebook
Remember to report in school uniform.
7HONG DOMINIC (switch to Wed)

Session 5 (S1-02)

Date: 19 March 2014 (Wednesday)
Time: 1030h - 1230h
Venue: Info Hub (Level 4)

Things to bring:
  • Maths Workbook
  • Writing Materials & Calculator
  • Maths Notebook
Remember to report in school uniform.
22WONG KANG (switch to Mon)
Added: 1. Janice Tan

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Expansion: Divide & Conquer

Work submitted by each group (see below).
Are you able to surface the mistakes that were highlighted in class yet still 'appear' in the working?
Click HERE to view marked copy; Suggested solution available at GoogleSite.

Level Test 1: Paper Review

Please remember to complete the Reflection paper (p3 & p4)
and submit the set of Review & Reflection papers (p1 to p4) by tomorrow morning to your Maths Rep immediately after morning assembly (in the class).

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Organising your handouts + Submitting your Maths file

Dear S1-02

Your Maths file (orange arch file) will be collected for checking in Term 1 Week 10.

1. A content page has been issued for each topic so that you can organise the materials as shown (see image 1 below).

2. Write your name, register number and class at the spine of the file, and place them on the bench at the window (see image 2 below).

3. Submit your files by next Wednesday (12 March 2014).

Image 1: Organise your handouts in this manner

Image 2: Organise your files in this manner:

Monday, 3 March 2014

Revision: Enquiry on Chap 2 - Real Numbers

A question from Joshua Yew:

Is 0 a rational number?

A number is a rational number if we can expressed it as a fraction a/b where a and b are integers and b is not zero.

Let's look at zero - it is a result from fractions like 0/5, 0/89 ?

In other words, Zero can be expressed a fraction such that the numerator is an integer and the denominator is an integer that is not zero.
Hence 0 is a rational number.