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IntMath Newsletter: Math secrets, TED-ED, puzzles

By Murray Bourne, 07 May 2012

8 May 2012

In this Newsletter:

1. Your math secret
2. TED-ED - Flip your lesson
3. Image conversion project - thank you!
4. Twitter update
5. Math puzzle
6. Friday math movie - The $8 billion iPod
7. Final thought - Apply yourself

1. What's your math secret?

Math secret

Do you have a secret about your math experiences? Several interesting ones have gone up already.

Share yours too! You don't have to reveal your real name.

What's your math secret?

2. TED-ED: Flip your Lessons

This one is mostly for teachers, but math students should also find something interesting here.

TED (the place where the world's great thinkers get us to re-evaluate the way we look at the world) recently released TED-ED.

TED-ED is a collection of "Lessons worth sharing". There are lesson plans built around interesting TED talks, and you can either use those lessons, modify them to your own needs, or create a completely new lesson based on the talk.

"Flipping" your lesson involves getting students to learn some things before the actual in-class lesson. This allows students more time to process the concepts during class time, rather than hearing the concepts for the first time. Flipping gained a lot of momentum with the growth of resources like the Khan Academy.

These FAQs explain the TED-ED concept.

Here is the Math Category

There's also a Math in Real Life series of TED talks.

3. Twitter update

There are now over 3000 people following IntMath on Twitter! The 3,000th follower was a design engineer.

There are many good people sharing educational messages and resources there. It's a great place for getting to know people and for sharing interesting finds.

Why don't you join us?

IntMath on Twitter

4. Convert images project - thank you!

A big thank you to all those who helped out in the recent IntMath image conversion project. There were a few thousand images converted and now it's all done.

I'm in the process now of removing the old images and replacing them with the new ASCIIMathML-produced, MathJax output equivalents.

You an see some examples of converted images in the math on this page:

Related Rates (calculus)

5. Math puzzles

Several people wrote in to answer the last puzzle about numbers. The correct answers were 41 and 50. Great to see reasons given for the answers!

New Puzzle

Line ABCD is a diameter of a circle whose radius is r. Length AB = BC = CD. Semicircles are drawn on AB and BD to create the shaded figure as shown.

Circle puzzle

What is the perimeter of the shaded figure?

6. Friday math movie: The $8 billion iPod

8 billion dollar iPod

Rob Reid gets us to think about how silly the music and movie industries have been regarding copyright. He explains Copyright Math.

Friday math movie: The $8 billion iPod

7. Final thought - application

Lee Iacocca, colorful chairman of Chrysler Motors for many years, was named one of the top American CEOs of all time. The following quote could apply to what we do with our math knowledge:

Apply yourself. Get all the education you can, but then, by God, do something. Don't just stand there, make it happen. [Lee Iacocca]

Until next time, enjoy whatever you learn.

See the 14 Comments below.

14 Comments on “IntMath Newsletter: Math secrets, TED-ED, puzzles”

  1. Sheldon Dan says:

    The perimeter is 2*pi*r, where r is the radius of the original circle.

    If AB = BC = CD, then since AD is the diameter of the original circle, it is therefore 2r. Therefore AB = BC = CD = (2/3)r.

    The semicircle with diameter AB must have circumference
    (1/2)*pi*AB = (1/2)*pi*(2/3)*r = 1/3*pi*r.

    The semicircle with diameter BD must have circumference
    (1/2)*pi*BD = (1/2)*pi*(4/3)*r = 2/3*pi*r (since BD is twice AB).

    Finally, the remainder of the shaded figure is the semicircle from A to D (which happens to be half the circumerence of the original circle). Its circumference is (1/2)*pi*AD = (1/2)*pi*(2r) = pi*r.

    Adding these three measurements up, we have (1/3)*pi*r + (2/3)*pi*r + pi*r = 2*pi*r.

  2. Arius says:

    for the puzzle:-

    :. perimeter formula = 2 x pi x r
    shaded figure perimeter C= 1+2+3

    1-> (2xpix(AB/2))/2
    2-> (2xpix(BC+CD)2)/2
    3-> (2xpix(AB+(BC/2))/2)/2

    C= 2piAB+ 2piBC + 2piCD + 2piAB + piBC

    "AB=BC=CD= a"

    C= 2pia+ 2pia+ 2pia +2pia + pia
    C= pi x a x 9

    C=9pia = 9piAB = 9piBC = 9piCD


  3. Jagger says:

    The answer to the circle puzzle is 1.5 (pi) (r).

  4. Henry says:

    The perimeter of the shaded area is 2*pi*r

  5. Guido says:

    Let AB=BC=CD=X
    Then 3X=2r
    So X=2r/3
    and r=3X/2
    P(fig) as a function of X---> pi(3X/2+X/2+X)= 3pi.X
    P(fig) as a function of r---> pi(r+r/3+2r/3)= 2pi.r
    The last one is very interesting.
    P(fig) is the same as the perimeter of the circle with radius r.

  6. Rita Cochran says:

    New Puzzle

    Line ABCD is a diameter of a circle whose radius is r. Length AB = BC = CD. Semicircles are drawn on AB and BD to create the shaded figure as shown.

    What is the perimeter of the shaded figure?
    Answer is 2*pi*r

  7. Tomas Garza says:

    Solution to last puzzle: the three semicircles have radii r, r/2 and r/3, respectively. Their perimeters are r Pi, 2r Pi/3 and r Pi/3, respectively. The perimeter of the shaded figure is then the sum of the three perimeters above: 2 r Pi (the length of the larger circle circumference).

  8. George says:

    Puzzle solution is PI x D

  9. Sakthivel says:

    Ans:?\pi r+pi 2r/3+pi r/3=2 pi r

  10. Fiaz Tanoli says:

    2*pi*r is the final answer

  11. Fiaz Tanoli says:

    As radius=r therefore diameter=2r
    Now Diameter of AB= 2r/3 and Diameter of BD= 4r/3
    therefore, radius of AB= 2r/6 and radius of BD= 4r/6
    Perimeter of Semi Circle drawn on AB = (2*pi*r)/6
    Perimeter of Semi Circle drawn on BD = (4*pi*r)/6
    Perimeter of Semi Circle drawn on AD= pi*r
    Perimeter of Shaded figure = (2*pi*r)/6 + (4*pi*r)/6 + pi*r =2*pi*r

  12. Pragati says:

    I think the answer is none other than 2 Pi r.

  13. Kjell O. Foss says:

    here is a business idea for you:

    Make a math calendar for the coming years.
    Each month can have a math puzzle or something.
    I buy an astronomy calendar, and I would like to buy a math calendar.
    If this is already done, please tell me where I can orden one.

  14. Murray says:

    @Kjell - Actually, this has been on my agenda for quite some time, but too late for this round! Hopefully there will be a 2014 IntMath Calendar.


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