Vowels have been taken out of mathematical words.
Can you recognise them?









Topics: Starter | Vocabulary

  • Mrs Humphreys' maths group, Nevill Road, Bramhall, Stockport
  • For RT my year 6 class came up with 'ratio', which they thought was a better answer than root!!!
  • Norman Cox, Suffolk
  • A very good starter with all abilities! It kept a foundation group captivated for a considerable time and taught them some spellings!
  • 9m1, Lord Lawson
  • This was an excellent starter but year 9 found it very easy.
  • Ross Roberton, International School Of Luxembourg
  • My very smart G9 class also found Ratio=Rate=Root(=Rat!).
  • Tickhill St. Mary's, Doncaster
  • The Year Six class found this quite hard but interesting, and got there in the end!
  • The Best Maths Class Ever 8cdM2, King Alfreds College OXON
  • We found this starter quite easy and we only had a problem with one . We thought for RT ratio was better than root.
  • Inspired, West Yorkshire
  • I thought this was really good. It kept my top set yr 9 thinking and really helps with literacy!
    More of the same PLEASE!!
  • Class 6, Doncaster
  • My class fand it very evey.
  • 8x3, Mount St Joseph
  • W, rlly, njyd, t. Bck, sd, t, rlly, nggd, r, brns.
  • Mr Lewis Aka JRP Williams, St Andrews Intl, Green Valley,Thailand
  • Really fun 10 minuter for Year 8 second language lower ability class... I won't use it again tho, as they beat me!! ;)o.
  • Nicola Brown, Oasis Academy Mediacity Uk
  • Excellent.
  • Mr Macaulay, SW London
  • My fab year 6 class, found it easy....with some extra clues :-).
  • Mr Jenkins' Yr 6 Maths Class, BCJS, Banstead, Surrey, UK
  • We enjoyed this activity and got all the answers in the end. We then made up some of our own and will be exploring this maths vocabulary throughout the year.
  • Miss Lavis, Tameside
  • My year 4 class really enjoyed it, they worked together as a class and found it easy.
  • Matthew Zhao, 4AD, Craigslea State School
  • It was a fun and challenging puzzle.(not surprising) I enjoyed it and made up my own. Here they are.
    (golden comes from the golden ratio).
  • Mr Parsons, Ashcroft High School
  • My year 7 students really enjoyed this activity. Can we have some more?
  • Transum,
  • In answer to the question 'Can we have some more?' the answer is definitely yes. Scroll down this page to the link which will take you to the student version of this activity. It pulls words from a school mathematical dictionary at random and extracts the vowels so you can refresh the page to get lots of different challenges.

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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, mathematics-related gifts chosen and recommended by Transum Mathematics.

Equate board game

Here's a great board game that will give any family with school-aged 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.

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How Not To Be Wrong

The 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 one-syllable words, and reveals how early you actually need to get to the airport.

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Graphic Display Calculator

This 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. TI-Nspire 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 TI-Nspire, 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 A-level candidate then works their way through university. more...

iPad Air

The 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 Christmas gift for anyone.

You have to hold iPad Air to believe it. It’s just 7.5 millimeters thin and weighs just one pound. The stunning Retina display sits inside thinner bezels, so all you see is your content. And an incredible amount of power lies inside the sleek enclosure. So you can do so much more. With so much less. more...

Before giving an iPad as a Christmas gift you could add a link to iPad Maths to the home screen.

Aristotle's Number Puzzle

It’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...

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Laptops In Lessons

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Do they have iPads or Laptops in Lessons?

Whether your students each have a TabletPC, a Surface or a Mac, this activity lends itself to eLearning (Engaged Learning).

Laptops In Lessons

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