**Dear Students**

You love celebrating Maths Mela Week in school and many of you tell me that Maths is your favourite subject.

You only begin disliking Maths if you do poorly in tests. So, this post is not about Maths tests but concerns Maths in real life, in you and me, and in art, music, dance and poetry.

**Maths in real life: **

- speed of rotating wheels and distance covered by vehicles
- money transactions in shopping
- comparison of less and more in brand prices
- shapes of jigsaw puzzle pieces
- discovering the measurements of rooms, curtains, bedcovers, cars, etc.
- telling the time and planning your daily schedule
- checking the weights of groceries in the shop and of ingredients when cooking

*Can you supply more examples from your life?*

**Maths inside Human Beings:**

- ratio and proportion in the size of our body parts and bones
- symmetry in the two sides of our bodies
- rate of our heartbeats

*Can you think of any more?*

**Maths in art, music, dance, poetry and games:**

- Sequence of pitch in musical notes
- Rhythm or taal in dance
- Balance of syllables in poetic metres
- symmetry, balance, proportion and harmony in sculpture and painting
- angles of the ball aiming for the goal/basket (football, hockey), the net (table tennis, lawn tennis, basketball) or the boundary (cricket, baseball)
- speed of the runner in athletics
- distance and height of the jumper
- adding and subtracting squares in ludo and snakes and ladders

*Now, it’s your turn to state a few examples!*

Two basic numbers of all maths are **1 (one)** and **0 (zero). **These two form the base numbers in **Arabic, Indian, Chinese, Roman, Mayan** and **Egyptian** number systems. These number systems all follow the base-10 pattern (1, 10, 100, 1000…) or **decimal system. **

The world’s earliest decimal multiplication table was Chinese, dating from 305 BC. Count the 10 divisions on each strip:

Why is the decimal (meaning ‘ten’) system based on the number 10? Probably because we count on our fingers, and our two hands have 10 fingers:

So, the decimal system was used for counting in ancient times with counting rods, abacus, sand tables and decimal multiplication tables like these below:

Decimal arithmetic was used in a 1-0 binary code in early computer programming as well.

The decimal 10-base system can be quite exciting. You can play math games like **sudoku** and **kakuro, **which are mathematical crosswords based on this system.

Click on this **Online Sudoku Puzzle** and complete the numbers from 1-9, horizontally and vertically, without repeating the same number in any row or column.

For older students, click on **Interview with Dr. Manjul Bhargava, winner of the Fields Medal in Mathematics** and read what he has to say about teaching-learning Mathematics.

Finally, here is a video tutorial on Decimals and Decimal Fractions, explained in a fun way and with great clarity. Watch and learn (or revise) this ancient concept:

This was a long and informative post on Mathematics outside your textbook and I hope it has increased your curiosity and interest in Mathemagic!

**Principal**

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mam,

i just could not imagine that maths is so fun….its my one of the favorite subjects

Mam maths is so fun

Respected Mam,

I just couldn’t imagine that MATHS is so much fun !!!!! 😀 😀 😀

How about maths in your text book, Arnav? Is that fun as well?

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mam very good post

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ma’am had a doubt….

on the traffic brigade glog students’ posts are there so how do they write? bcoz only principal sir can write and control it…

its not glog its blog

You write on word.doc and email to principal@dpssurat.net. He’ll put it up.

ok! got it ma’am

i was going to type in the comment space but i thought that it would be better if i’d have asked you

anyway thanks ma’am

If it is an article etc. then do as I said. Just a short para in response to a post can also go in comments.

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One thing which was most interesting and innovative was that different people had different techniques to calculate, count, etc., like the multiplication technique of Chinese, normal hand counting technique, abacus and much more. One more thing is that we should be proud to have Dr. Manjul Bhargava, Indian origin foreign professor.

Thank you.

To Malav and all the rest of you – can you imagine and make up a story of how numbers and counting began on earth?

nice post ma’am…

cryptology is a field where maths is used and then we have measurements of different organs in our body from the nose to our intestines, creating any kind of structure needs maths and of course in all the music instruments like the piano, guitar and violin maths is used too.

Also in computers in the keyboard, CPU maths is used.

Maths is EVERYWHERE!:)

Right, Aneesh! So, exam marks should not blind us to the beauty, symmetry, asymmetry and rhythmical harmony of our mathematical universe. In fact, maths is the cryptology to decipher the secret code of our universe.

yeah!

surely ma’am in the mean time we can make a story! 🙂

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