It's World Maths Day!

Mar 2014
Maths facts for World Maths Day
The random shuffle function on an mp3 player is programmed according to mathematical algorithms

World Maths Day is a day to celebrate all things mathematical. At Kumon, we aim to nurture a love of learning in our students and what better way to do this than by celebrating the wonders of maths.

In this technological age maths is everywhere. Without maths you couldn't run a computer, mp3 player, mobile phone, or television. Here are some interesting facts about maths:

  • The random shuffle function on an mp3 player is programmed according to mathematical algorithms to ensure no two tracks from the same album play together. This is quite tricky because mathematical randomness often contradicts our expectations of randomness. If you flip a coin several times, for instance, you are likely to get a surprising number of the same results.

  • In the same way, if you randomly selected 23 people in the same room, the chances of two of them sharing the same birthday are surprisingly high: 50-50 in fact!
  • In working out mathematical equations, the Greek mathematician, Pythagoras used little rocks to represent numbers. Hence the name of Calculus was born which means pebbles in Greek.

  • Without maths the pyramids would never have been built. According to archaeologists, Egyptian's had to use complex geometry and algebra to build the massive structures.

  • Sports scientist Dr Ken Bray analysed hours of footage to prove 30% of a player's technique is down to an intuitive understanding of maths and science � such as the law of gravity discovered by Sir Isaac Newton when an apple fell on his head. Every footballer uses geometry, aerodynamics and probability to perform at their peak.

Maths is important in so many different walks of life. Careers involving maths include architecture, design, IT, motorsport, engineering, accountancy, medicine, law, teaching, statistics, and the list goes on, but maths is a core skill which most employers look for.

At Kumon, our students develop at their own pace and study the maths programme step-by-step until they are ultimately able to solve complex calculus without the use of a calculator. We aim for each of our students to reach a level beyond their school grade within their first year of study. Perhaps this World Maths Day is the ideal time to consider supplementing your child's school work with the unique Kumon Maths Programme.