Maths

Shapes: Looking at Tessellation

Tessellation is the covering of a surface with repeating patterns of regular or irregular shapes that fit together exactly (interlock), with no gaps or overlaps. The earliest tessellations discovered date…

Measuring Slopes: Make a Clinometer

A clinometer (also known as a declinometer or inclinometer) is used to measure the steepness of a slope, and can be used to work out the heights of tall things,…

Get Knotted: Learn About Topology

Knot theory is the study of knots. As well as being useful to hold things together, knots and knot theory are important in different areas of science, including biology and…

Calculating Pi

Pi is a number used in maths used to work out the circumference of a circle (the distance around the outside) or the radius (the distance from the edge of…

How Many Surfaces? Making a Möbius Strip

A Möbius strip is a loop of paper with a twist in it, that behaves in a very odd way. How to Make a Möbius Strip Take a strip of…

How Tall is It? Measure Something Tall Without Climbing It

The most accurate way to measure something is using a tape measure, but some things are too tall (or too scary) to climb with a ruler. Try the different methods…

Make a Right Angle With Knots and String

A right angle is a square-shaped or L-shaped angle, and measures 90 degrees (a quarter of a circle). A square is made up of four right angles. Make a Right…

Proving 1=2 and 2=3

Mathematicians use mathematical proofs to prove that what they say about numbers is true. Some proofs look true but aren’t – these are known as fallacies. Here are a few…

How to Multiply on Your Fingers

Knowing the times tables is helpful to be able to do mental arithmetic. But it is also useful to have some other tricks to help with multiplying. In these experiments,…

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