Boxing Day

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  • Wikipedia,
  • Sunday, November 14, 2010
  • "The traditional recorded celebration of Boxing Day has long included giving money and other gifts to those who were needy and in service positions. The European tradition has been dated to the Middle Ages, but the exact origin is unknown and there are some claims that it goes back to the late Roman/early Christian era; metal boxes placed outside of churches were used to collect special offerings tied to the Feast of Saint Stephen. In the United Kingdom, it certainly became a custom of the nineteenth-century Victorians for tradesmen to collect their "Christmas boxes" or gifts on the day after Christmas in return for good and reliable service throughout the year. Another possibility is that the name derives from an old English tradition: in exchange for ensuring that wealthy landowners' Christmases ran smoothly, their servants were allowed to take the 26th off to visit their families. The employers gave each servant a box containing gifts and bonuses (and sometimes leftover food). In addition, around the 1800s, churches opened their alms boxes (boxes where people place monetary donations) and distributed the contents to the poor. However, the exact etymology of the term "boxing" is unclear and for which there are several competing theories, none of which is definitive."
  • Emma Wheeler, Maidstone
  • Wednesday, December 26, 2012
  • "You could of said calculate the area and perimiter so it was a bit trickier for them.But I thought it was really good."

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Does your calculator have a cube root key?

Launch the calculator on your computer.

There is a way of calculating the "cube root" on a calculator.

Can anyone in your class work it out?


Interesting fact for the Teacher:

There is a simple method to compute the cube roots using a non-scientific calculator, which requires only the multiplication and square root buttons. No memory is required. The following method is used:

This process is continued until the number does not change when the multiplication button is pressed, since the repeated square root gives 1 (this means that the solution has been determined to as many significant digits as the calculator can handle). Then, press the square root button one last time. At this point an approximation of the cube root of the original number will be shown in the display.

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On the Windows calculator, switch to scientific mode, type in your number, the INV   x^3 to get the cube root.


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