It is very cold at the North Pole, so cold that your brain could stop working.
Show that your brain is working well right now by writing out the 24 times table.
How far can you get in five minutes?
North Pole
24 miles
Try this activity again when you are feeling cold. Can you get as far in five minutes?
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1 x 24 = 24
2 x 24 = 48
3 x 24 = 72
4 x 24 = 96
5 x 24 = 120
6 x 24 = 144
7 x 24 = 168
8 x 24 = 192
9 x 24 = 216
10 x 24 = 240
11 x 24 = 264
12 x 24 = 288
13 x 24 = 312
14 x 24 = 336
15 x 24 = 360
16 x 24 = 384
17 x 24 = 408
18 x 24 = 432
19 x 24 = 456
20 x 24 = 480
21 x 24 = 504
22 x 24 = 528
23 x 24 = 552
24 x 24 = 576
25 x 24 = 600
26 x 24 = 624
27 x 24 = 648
28 x 24 = 672
29 x 24 = 696
30 x 24 = 720
31 x 24 = 744
32 x 24 = 768
33 x 24 = 792
34 x 24 = 816
35 x 24 = 840
36 x 24 = 864
37 x 24 = 888
38 x 24 = 912
39 x 24 = 936
40 x 24 = 960
41 x 24 = 984
42 x 24 = 1008
43 x 24 = 1032
44 x 24 = 1056
45 x 24 = 1080
46 x 24 = 1104
47 x 24 = 1128
48 x 24 = 1152
49 x 24 = 1176
50 x 24 = 1200
51 x 24 = 1224
52 x 24 = 1248
53 x 24 = 1272
54 x 24 = 1296
55 x 24 = 1320
56 x 24 = 1344
57 x 24 = 1368
58 x 24 = 1392
59 x 24 = 1416
60 x 24 = 1440
61 x 24 = 1464
62 x 24 = 1488
63 x 24 = 1512
64 x 24 = 1536
65 x 24 = 1560
66 x 24 = 1584
67 x 24 = 1608
68 x 24 = 1632
69 x 24 = 1656
70 x 24 = 1680
71 x 24 = 1704
72 x 24 = 1728
73 x 24 = 1752
74 x 24 = 1776
75 x 24 = 1800
76 x 24 = 1824
77 x 24 = 1848
78 x 24 = 1872
79 x 24 = 1896
80 x 24 = 1920
81 x 24 = 1944
82 x 24 = 1968
83 x 24 = 1992
84 x 24 = 2016
85 x 24 = 2040
86 x 24 = 2064
87 x 24 = 2088
88 x 24 = 2112
89 x 24 = 2136
90 x 24 = 2160
91 x 24 = 2184
92 x 24 = 2208
93 x 24 = 2232
94 x 24 = 2256
95 x 24 = 2280
96 x 24 = 2304
97 x 24 = 2328
98 x 24 = 2352
99 x 24 = 2376
100 x 24 = 2400
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Christmas Present Ideas
It is often very difficult choosing Christmas presents for family and friends but so here are some seasonal, mathematicsrelated gifts chosen and recommended by Transum Mathematics.
Equate board gameHere's a great board game that will give any family with schoolaged kids hours of worthwhile fun. Christmas is a time for board games but this one will still be useful at any time of year. Games can be adapted to suit many levels of Mathematical ability. For Maths tutors working with just one or small groups of pupils this game has proved to be an excellent activity for a tutorial. Deciding on the best moves can spark pertinent discussions about mathematical concepts. Equate looks a bit like Scrabblefor aspiring mathematicians, that is. Designed by a real mathematician, it works like this: You put down tiles on a board and make points by correctly completing simple equations. Your nine tiles include both numbers and mathematical symbols; you can add on to previous plays both vertically and horizontally. more... 
How Not To Be WrongThe maths we learn in school can seem like an abstract set of rules, laid down by the ancients and not to be questioned. In fact, Jordan Ellenberg shows us, maths touches on everything we do, and a little mathematical knowledge reveals the hidden structures that lie beneath the world's messy and chaotic surface. In How Not to be Wrong, Ellenberg explores the mathematician's method of analyzing life, from the everyday to the cosmic, showing us which numbers to defend, which ones to ignore, and when to change the equation entirely. Along the way, he explains calculus in a single page, describes Gödel's theorem using only onesyllable words, and reveals how early you actually need to get to the airport. What more could the inquisitive adult want for Christmas? This book makes a cosy, interesting read in front of the fire on those cold winter evenings. more... 
Graphic Display CalculatorThis handheld device and companion software are designed to generate opportunities for classroom exploration and to promote greater understanding of core concepts in the mathematics and science classroom. TINspire technology has been developed through sound classroom research which shows that "linked multiple representation are crucial in development of conceptual understanding and it is feasible only through use of a technology such as TINspire, which provides simultaneous, dynamically linked representations of graphs, equations, data, and verbal explanations, such that a change in one representation is immediately reflected in the others. For the young people in your life it is a great investment. Bought as a Christmas present but useful for many years to come as the young person turns into an Alevel candidate then works their way through university. more... 
Apple iPad ProThe analytics show that more and more people are accessing Transum Mathematics via an iPad as it is so portable and responsive. The iPad has so many other uses in addition to solving Transum's puzzles and challenges and it would make an excellent gift for anyone. The redesigned Retina display is as stunning to look at as it is to touch. It all comes with iOS, the world's most advanced mobile operating system. iPad Pro. Everything you want modern computing to be. more... Before giving an iPad as a Christmas gift you could add a link to iPad Maths to the home screen. 
Aristotle's Number PuzzleIt’s a bit of a tradition to give puzzles as Christmas Gifts to nieces and nephews. This puzzle is ideal for the keen puzzle solver who would like a challenge that will continue over the festive period (at least!). This number puzzle involves nineteen numbers arranged into a hexagon. The goal of the puzzle is to rearrange the numbers so each of the fifteen rows add up to 38. It comes in a wooden style with an antique, aged look. Keep the Maths in Christmaths with this reasonably priced stocking filler. more... 
The Story Of Maths [DVD]The films in this ambitious series offer clear, accessible explanations of important mathematical ideas but are also packed with engaging anecdotes, fascinating biographical details, and pivotal episodes in the lives of the great mathematicians. Engaging, enlightening and entertaining, the series gives viewers new and often surprising insights into the central importance of mathematics, establishing this discipline to be one of humanity s greatest cultural achievements. This DVD contains all four programmes from the BBC series. Marcus du Sautoy's wonderful programmes make a perfect Christmas gift more... 
Christmas MathsThis book provides a wealth of fun activities with a Christmas theme. Each photocopiable worksheet is matched to the Numeracy Strategy and compatible with the Scottish 514 Guidelines. This series is designed for busy teachers in the late Autumn term who are desperate for materials that are relevant and interesting and that can be completed with minimun supervision. All the activities are suitable for use by class teachers, supply teachers, SEN teachers and classroom assistants and cover topics such as 'How many partridges did the true love give all together?' and 'Filling a sleigh with presents by rolling a dice!'. Children will have lots of fun working through the Christmas Maths themes but also gain valuable skills along the way. A great source of ideas and another reasonably priced stocking filler. more... 
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Texas Instruments Nspire CalculatorThis handheld device and companion software are designed to generate opportunities for classroom exploration and to promote greater understanding of core concepts in the mathematics and science classroom. TINspire technology has been developed through sound classroom research which shows that "linked multiple representation are crucial in development of conceptual understanding and it is feasible only through use of a technology such as TINspire, which provides simultaneous, dynamically linked representations of graphs, equations, data, and verbal explanations, such that a change in one representation is immediately reflected in the others. For the young people in your life it is a great investment. Bought as a gift for a special occasion but useful for many years to come as the young person turns into an Alevel candidate then works their way through university. more... 
Apple iPad ProThe analytics show that more and more people are accessing Transum Mathematics via an iPad as it is so portable and responsive. The iPad has so many other uses in addition to solving Transum's puzzles and challenges and it would make an excellent gift for anyone. The redesigned Retina display is as stunning to look at as it is to touch. It all comes with iOS, the world's most advanced mobile operating system. iPad Pro. Everything you want modern computing to be. more... Before giving an iPad as a Christmas gift you could add a link to iPad Maths to the home screen. 
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