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Woofage

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Re: quadratic equations (white flag goes up)
« Reply #100 on: September 16, 2009, 12:58:08 pm »
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Re: quadratic equations (white flag goes up)
« Reply #101 on: September 16, 2009, 12:59:39 pm »
Yebbut you aren't told that until A-level ;).

You might not have been, but I was told that during GCSEs, but then I was a swot and I had various inspirational maths teachers during my education...
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Re: quadratic equations (white flag goes up)
« Reply #102 on: September 16, 2009, 08:29:04 pm »
This thread makes my brain hurt.

The answer is x.
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Re: quadratic equations (white flag goes up)
« Reply #103 on: September 16, 2009, 08:57:44 pm »
I burned my maths books (and many others) when I got my "A" level pass.
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Re: quadratic equations (white flag goes up)
« Reply #104 on: September 16, 2009, 09:07:10 pm »
This thread makes my brain hurt.

The answer is x.

Wrong all the world knows that the answer is 42 now what is the question?
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Re: quadratic equations (white flag goes up)
« Reply #105 on: September 16, 2009, 09:10:24 pm »
This thread makes my brain hurt.

The answer is x.

The skill comes not in knowing that the answer is x but knowing y

Is that the first time I have punned in algebra?

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gonzo

Re: quadratic equations (white flag goes up)
« Reply #106 on: September 16, 2009, 09:12:37 pm »

Yebbut you aren't told that until A-level ;).

Indeed

If Clarion did that at O-level, he deserved an A

 :)

If GCSEs have been getting gradually easier, surely we can therefore work out how old Clarion is? If the change of ease of GCSEs has been variable, we could solve the data by writing a quadratic equation too!

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Re: quadratic equations (white flag goes up)
« Reply #107 on: September 16, 2009, 09:14:08 pm »
The flaw with that, Gonz, is that I'm a smidge  older than he, and I didn't do that stuff 'til A level...

Different exam Boards...

edit: oh yeah, and we're not talking GCSE  anyway ;D

clarion

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Re: quadratic equations (white flag goes up)
« Reply #108 on: September 16, 2009, 09:16:08 pm »
If MV was with JMB, he will have done more 'modern' maths, like sets & matrices, which we only skimmed through, and I really wish we'd done more of... :-\
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Re: quadratic equations (white flag goes up)
« Reply #109 on: September 16, 2009, 09:16:56 pm »
Spot on.  Right Board, right syllabus.  Loads of probability theory too, which has been useful.

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Re: quadratic equations (white flag goes up)
« Reply #110 on: September 16, 2009, 09:19:47 pm »
I was one of the "guinea pigs" subjected to the Cambridge University's "School Mathematics Project" when I was 11 in 1965. We did modern maths, with sets and matrices etc. With the latter I always had premonitions of men in shades and lots of green numbers flashing before my eyes.

My teacher was a certain Dave "three hundredweight" Hanneman, so-called because it was rumoured that that he could lift this amount above head height.
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clarion

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Re: quadratic equations (white flag goes up)
« Reply #111 on: September 16, 2009, 09:20:49 pm »
;D We used to say 'SMP' stood for 'Simple Maths Please!' ;)
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Re: quadratic equations (white flag goes up)
« Reply #112 on: September 16, 2009, 09:22:00 pm »
As a maths duffer I didn't find it simple. I scraped a grade 6 in my O level.
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Re: quadratic equations (white flag goes up)
« Reply #113 on: September 16, 2009, 09:22:48 pm »
Now you say it, we did SMP, not JMB.  It was fun.  Possibly why I found A level so much of a shock :)

clarion

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Re: quadratic equations (white flag goes up)
« Reply #114 on: September 16, 2009, 09:25:12 pm »
Ouch!  Yes, SMP to A Level would have been a big step.  SMP was good on concepts but not too good at the mathematical method (AIUI: IANAM*.  My brother was at a different school & did SMP)


* I Am Not A Mathematician ;D
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Woofage

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Re: quadratic equations (white flag goes up)
« Reply #115 on: September 16, 2009, 10:45:21 pm »
The flaw with that, Gonz, is that I'm a smidge  older than he, and I didn't do that stuff 'til A level...

Different exam Boards...

edit: oh yeah, and we're not talking GCSE  anyway ;D

I think I fall between the 2 of you age-wise and I didn't do that until A-level. I think it was Cambridge exam board for O, AO (remember them?) and A.

I do have a vague memory of SMB but that was probably at middle school.
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Re: quadratic equations (white flag goes up)
« Reply #116 on: September 17, 2009, 11:18:48 am »
I think I fall between the 2 of you age-wise and I didn't do that until A-level. I think it was Cambridge exam board for O, AO (remember them?) and A.

I just scraped into O levels ... and we got to do maths a year early and then do AO. That seemed much harder, but it might have been that we swapped to a teacher that was much less good. Decent Physics teachers and a friend who went on to be a teacher got me through maths after that. I forget which board they all were - we did enough different boards at different times that we got a load of certificates - so hiding the odd duff result could be quite easy  :)

I still have my maths O level revision book (me, obsessive hoarder? no...), and I had cause to compare the contents page to a new GCSE syllabus earlier this year, which made me do this:  :o

Re: quadratic equations (white flag goes up)
« Reply #117 on: September 17, 2009, 03:50:59 pm »
Loads of probability theory too, which has been useful.

Ouch. I am a determinist.

More numerical analysis please...
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Re: quadratic equations (white flag goes up)
« Reply #118 on: September 17, 2009, 05:09:41 pm »

Ouch. I am a determinist.

I'm a physicist.  Probability is the name of the game :)

Woofage

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Re: quadratic equations (white flag goes up)
« Reply #119 on: September 17, 2009, 05:30:35 pm »
I'm an Acoustics Engineer. If in doubt I just add 3dB ;D
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Re: quadratic equations (white flag goes up)
« Reply #120 on: September 17, 2009, 05:35:16 pm »
I am a Structural Engineer. If in doubt I go up one size.

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