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Mathematics


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Even classmates on Leave of Absence can join in the discussion!

Enriching the learning experiences of students amidst the pandemic 2020 started with the Mathematics Department embarking on a journey to enhance student engagement so as to bring about joy of learning. We made the effort to provide learning experiences that could also deepen students’ understanding of mathematical concepts. Although the progress was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, we worked at overcoming the new challenges through designing lessons that incorporated videos, games and quizzes, and promoted online interaction. We also tapped on Google Classroom to monitor students’ work and tools like the Padlet application to encourage students to learn independently. In the process, there was rich learning for everyone as we discovered the possibilities that the various platforms had opened up to us.

Sec 3 CnME Modules

(i)        Undoing Common Sense through Mathematical Thinking

Through this module, students had the opportunity to work on counter-intuitive problems, and learn the mathematical concepts and logical reasoning behind problems. One of the highlights of the module was when students had a chance to play the well-known “Monty Hall Game Show” and used the concepts in Probability to increase their chances at winning the game. It was a unique experience for all.


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A beautiful parabolic curve can be created by joining dots with line segments.
A Sec 2 student using a clinometer and applying trigonometric ratios to find the height of a building.


(ii)        Seeing the World through Mathematics

 In this module, students learnt how to gather data, construct mathematical models and applied their learning to scenarios such as the minimisation of travelling time and obtaining the height of a "criminal" just from a handprint. These culminated in a project which gave students the autonomy to research on a topic of their interest. This year, we embarked on investigations of interesting topics ranging from designing the ideal classroom seating arrangement to the evaluation of the “best” bubble tea. Students gained new insights about the application of Mathematics in the real world and also new perspectives. 

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Circle properties can be learnt in a fun way through online game show

Math and Science Week

Connexione”, which is the Latin word for ‘Connections’, was chosen as the theme for the Math and Science Week 2020 to bring across the idea that Mathematics, Science and various subject disciplines are interconnected. The lower secondary students, took a ‘trip’ through history to see the evolution of mathematics and science in different academic disciplines. The upper secondary students joined a different ‘tour’ which took them behind the scenes of many well-loved Pixar animation films such as “Finding Nemo” to see how Mathematics and Science came together to bring the characters to life.

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Enjoying the Monty Hall game show as we learned about Probability

This year's Math and Science week was an eye-opener for many of us as we learnt how math is used in the real world. At the start of the lesson, we were instructed to draw lines with dots to subdivide lines. We discovered to our surprise that when we joined the dots in a systematic way, a beautiful parabolic curve was formed. This technique is actually used extensively in computer animation and in Pixar films. It is definitely intriguing how the mathematical formulae we learn now could form the algorithm in computing systems!”

Lee Ying Xuan, Felicia, 307