YMUG Newsletter – 2015/05/22

YMUG Newsletter – 2015/05/22


This last week Apple unveiled its new Macbook Pro and iMac:


Apparently the new Macbook Pro has a screaming fast solid-state drive. I wonder how much it would cost to put one in my machine . . .


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YMUG Newsletter – 2015/05/15

YMUG Newsletter – 2015/05/15 Is it Spring yet?

Acting Secretaries:

Tony Crockford: support@ymug.org

Chris Brady: ymug@csjbrady.org.uk

with help from: Anzir Boodoo and Tim Pinder. Thanks also to Ian Thomas and Martin Pickering who send me items of interest

Items for the newsletter, reviews, rants, raves and reflections to: Jerad Zimmermann, your participatory social mores editor who’s wondering when real Spring is coming . . . : news@ymug.org

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Always looking for variations on a theme . . . sequences

I am so bad at this blogging thing. Sigh. A combination of being lazy and thinking that my thoughts are actually pretty boring and not worth writing down, polishing or reading.

Anyway, part of what does take up my ‘productive’ time is maths tutoring. I am always on the lookout for clever variations of some basic topics. Sometimes I find alternative approaches in the oddest way. For example, recently I thought: I’ll see if I can find some Christmas-themed problems for my tutorees. Just for fun and also because most kids can get bored pretty easily with the same old thing they’ve been working on. Anyway, I found this:


It’s a sequence identification exercise. The sequences aren’t too complicated so I can use it with lots of different age groups but what’s really clever is the actual problem you have to solve: you have to find the mistake in the represented sequence elements. Brilliant. You still have to discover the pattern but by adding the extra ‘find the mistake’ step it becomes much more of a treasure-hunt puzzle.

Some kids really do like mathematics. Most don’t. But a vast majority of children like a puzzle that they can understand quickly even if the solution takes some time to figure out.

PhotoMath, NOT the end of math education as we know it . . . yet

PhotoMath is a new app you can use on your iOS device or Windows phone/tablet (Android version coming in 2015) which can solve math equations for you!! But before all you math students think you won’t have to learn algebra and before all you math teachers decide to quit teaching and set up that ebay shop selling all your old LPs let’s have a look at the iOS version.

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Adrift again

Day after day I’m more confused
Yet I look for the light through the pouring rain
You know that’s a game that I hate to lose
And I’m feelin’ the strain
Ain’t it a shame

Those lyrics from Drift Away by Dobie Gray are pretty much spot on with me these days. I find myself once again looking for employment, not quite sure what people are looking for or expecting.

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