Results for "problem solving" (408)

Nix the tricks

The book ‘Nix the Tricks’ looks at tricks and short cuts used in maths, explains why they are so damaging, and then provides an alternative method that teaches for understanding. If you cringe when a student says ‘cross multiply’ whenever they see a problem involving fractions, then this is the book for you.The...
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2010 to date

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Spreadsheet Tasks

This resource contains ten instant maths ideas using spreadsheets to solve mathematical problems. Mathematical topics explored include: * solving equations to complete a think of a number puzzle * completion of magic squares * exploring different sequences * the ‘Rich Aunt’ problem * an exploration of cubic...
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2000 - 2009

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Starters and Puzzles

Subtangent has provided 30 starters and puzzles along with a version of forbidden words, a game where a student has to select a card and communicate a given word to others without using any of the forbidden words written on the card.
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2000 - 2009

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Thinking Things Through

This resource from Leone Burton developed from a research project supported by the Social Science Research Council, directed by the author and run in collaboration with more than thirty teachers and 850 students aged between nine and thirteen. During the project teachers were asked to change their role and they were...
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1980 - 1989

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Triangle Construction

This resource, from the Association of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM) publication ‘We Can Work It Out’, is a group problem-solving activity in which each student in the group is given a number of the twelve information cards. Students are responsible for introducing the information contained on their cards at an...
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2010 to date

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Nuclear Power Design Engineer: David Bennett

This STEMNET resource describes the background and career of STEM Ambassador David Bennett, a design engineer at a nuclear power station. David's role is to ensure that any modifications made to the nuclear power plant improve safety and efficiency. He started work after gaining a degree in Mechanical Engineering...
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Criss-crossing

In this resource students are given four coordinate points and asked to find the equation of the lines that connect them. The four lines intersect to form a rectangle- can students find the area of the rectangle?Each student worksheet contains different coordinate points, but the solutions all have something in common...
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2010 to date

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Solar panels

This resource looks at some of the mathematics behind using solar panels to generate electricity both for use in the home and to power cars. The mathematics involved requires the calculation of complicated areas and using multiple bits of information to solve a problem. As such, the resource is ideal for enhancing...
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2010 to date

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Transportation

The cost of transportation is a key factor for many industries. This activity features a classic transportation problem giving the outputs of two suppliers, the demands of two consumers and the associated transportation costs. Students are asked to find the minimum transportation cost to meet the demand. Students...
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1990 - 1999

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Finding a Formula

This resource contains three excel programs; ‘Chessboard’, ‘Chess Cube’ and ‘Painted Cube, each containing a series of interactive spreadsheets designed to explore situations requiring students to find a formula.Chessboard is designed for the teacher to lead students through a strategy for solving the classic...
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2000 - 2009

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