# Month: March 2014

Every year March Madness comes and some people aren’t even sure what that means. If you fit into this category, let me explain quickly.

Every March the college Basketball teams – 68 of the best – compete against each other to see who will be the best in the nation. It’s a win or go home elimination and lots of people like to pick who they think will win.

So with that in mind, of course you have to consider the mathematics involved in the likelihood of one certain team winning. Most people like to pick the “brackets” which means that they choose the winners from the beginning all the way through to the final winner. If you are successful in this, you could win a billion dollars!!!

Check out this recent article from the New York Times:

Busting the Brackets! Mathematics and the N.C.A.A. Tournament

Be sure to watch the video of the young little ladies making their picks, it’s really cute.

Have a great day.

## Pi Day At Cherry Hill Mathnasium

What is Pi Day?

Here is how it is described in WikipediaPi Day is an annual celebration commemorating the mathematical constant π (pi). Pi Day is observed on March 14 (or 3/14 in the U.S. month/day date format), since 3, 1, and 4 are the three most significant digits of π in the decimal form. In 2009, the United States House of Representatives supported the designation of Pi Day.

Since Mathnasium of Cherry Hill isn’t open on the Fridays, we celebrated Pi Day one day early, but the children didn’t seem to mind!

You may be asking, “what is Pi?” The Scientific American website defines it as:

Succinctly, pi–which is written as the Greek letter for p, or –is the ratio of the circumference of any circle to the diameter of that circle. Regardless of the circle’s size, this ratio will always equal pi. In decimal form, the value of pi is approximately 3.14. But pi is an irrational number, meaning that its decimal form neither ends (like 1/4 = 0.25) nor becomes repetitive (like 1/6 = 0.166666…). (To only 18 decimal places, pi is 3.141592653589793238.) Hence, it is useful to have shorthand for this ratio of circumference to diameter. According to Petr Beckmann’s A History of Pi, the Greek letter was first used for this purpose by William Jones in 1706, probably as an abbreviation of periphery, and became standard mathematical notation roughly 30 years later.

You can see their whole article by clicking here.

So while we mathematicians love celebrating numbers, we also love playing with words and having some tasty food while doing it!

Here’s hoping you have a great Pi Day!

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To ensure that you child is learning math as easily as possible, it’s a good idea to have them do some games to reinforce their learning. With the technology available today, this should be nice and easy for you to do as both a parent and as an educator. Check out this article I just read on GoArticles.com by Emily Smith

Encourage Adaptive Learning Through Effective Tools Like Maths Games

Educators are constantly striving to find appropriate tools that make the classroom learning easy and enjoyable. An effective way of learning must encourage students to learn at their own pace and in their own ways. Adaptive learning is based on a similar idea and is a good way for teachers to support their student’s efforts in learning complex and challenging topics. The Maths Games are one such tool for adaptive learning. These tools are online tools that are helpful for students in managing their needs of common core state standards in mathematics. They constantly assess the student’s progress and give tasks based on the assessment results.

Researchers learned that to get successful results, the instructions must be adjusted to the student’s requirement and learning style. The emphasis should be given to all types of students, which means instead of concentrating only on capable students the teacher in the standard based system should assess the progress of every student and tune the instruction accordingly. This idea is the best way for each student to achieve success and is known as adaptive learning. According to researchers, there is no tool or system which can replace a well trained educator as they carefully give attention and intervene in the student’s math learning process and know whether they are going in right way or not. Whenever needed they give instructions, to make the student understand the concepts thoroughly and master it for proceeding to the next level.

Some standards such as common core state standards are helpful in providing framework for the adaptive learning and teachers are responsible for interpreting these things to the students. Further, the teacher must offer suitable learning activities – for that, they have to understand the student’s way of learning math and where are they facing the problem, so that a solution can be found. But to provide help the teacher has to be accustomed to using technology, for reinforcing the concepts already taught in the class.

Benefits of online educative game

With some high-quality educative games the teachers can give feedback and identify the problematic topics that are troubling the students. In this way they can also help the student in tackling the difficult concepts and simultaneously let them know an easy way to deal with it. The benefit of online Math Games is that the student can continue their math practice at home and learn or strengthen some important concepts to proceed to the next level when they go back to the classroom. These games are a great way to develop confidence in basic mathematical processes, which is crucial for learning advanced mathematics. However, to get fluency the student has to practice various ways to master simple mathematical operations. Math Games can facilitate in mastering the concepts, keeps students engrossed in solving exciting tasks and at the same time makes the process adventurous.