8 Gift Ideas for Math Enthusiasts, Math Teachers, and Mathematicians

It’s almost Christmas, and again, it’s a time of giving and of making our friends and happy. But do you have any ideas what to buy for friends who are math teachers, mathematicians, and enthusiasts? Below are 8 gift ideas.

1.) Coffee Mug

Many math teachers and math enthusiasts love to drink coffee. Paul Erdos once said that  a mathematician is a machine for turning coffee into theorems. This mug will be perfect.

2.) Abacus Keychain

Calculations can be done using calculators. Or, using an abacus.  » Read more

Introduction to the DaMath Board Game Part 1

DaMath is a math board game coined from the word dama, a Filipino checker game, and mathematics. It was invented by Jesus Huenda, a high school teacher from Sorsogon, Philippines. It became very popular in the 1980s and until now played in many schools in the Philippines.

DaMath can be used to practice the four fundamental operations and also the order of operations. It has numerous variations, but in the tutorial below, we will discuss the Integers DaMath. Note that explaining this game is quite complicated, so I have divided the tutorial into three posts.

The DaMath Board

The board is composed of 64 squares in alternating black and white just like the chessboard. The four basic mathematical operations are written on white squares as shown in Figure 1. Each square is identified by a (column, row) notation. The top-left square, for example, is in column 0 and row 7, so it is denoted by (0,7).  » Read more

Guest Post: Combine Math and Excel on iPad with Image to Excel Converter

In today’s digital era, there are many helpful tools and apps that can give you a hand with handling different math assignments and tasks. The most common one and certainly the most used one is MS Excel. Even though the program in question is a pure classic, it facilitates and contributes a lot when it comes to various calculations and formulas. MS Excel acts like a super calculator and saves your time with both, simple and complex, mathematical operations. From summing, finding minimum and maximum functions, across calculating conditional statements, to computing statistics and more: let Excel do it for you instead of doing it manually.

Given that math calculations are mostly done in old-fashioned way on paper, it would be convenient to transfer them into Excel spreadsheet and in that manner to avoid rewriting all data by hand. Luckily, there is a useful app that can do all the tedious work.  » Read more

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