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Great Mathematicians 7 – Pythagoras

Much of what we know about Pythagoras is conjecture. We do know that he was born on the Greek island of Samos in about 570 BC. Around about 530 BC he founded what can only be called a rather bizarre sect in Croton, in Italy. Find out more

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It’s all in the detail

Mathematics, as you will know from Theory of Knowledge, is at the top of the tree of knowledge. It is self-referential - that is, its theorems do not need to be proven by reference to the real world, but instead by starting with other axioms and theorems. Find out more

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The new IB Diploma Maths syllabus

For courses starting 2019, with first exams in 2021, the landscape has changed. So now there are four courses to choose from, two at HL and two at SL (Analysis and Approaches and Applications and Interpretation). How do you choose which to take? Find out more

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Optical Illusions

An illusory figure is created when background figures, often with carefully placed gaps, create the strong illusion of a figure in the foreground - but the figure isn't actually there! - your brain is "filling in" the gaps. Find out more

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Hypothesis testing made easy

Carrying out a hypothesis test often causes confusion. Here’s how it works. Some hypothesis tests start with a known fact, such as “25% of patients treated for a particular disease will suffer side effects.” A drug company may then claim that “a new treatment reduces the number of patients suffering side effects.” The original figure, […] Find out more

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How to revise for your Maths exam…

Last month I made some suggestions for a revision plan. Now, having decided you’re going to spend a 3 hour session revising Maths, how should you set about it? Since the only thing you will be asked to do in the exam is answer Maths questions, then surely the best way to revise is … […] Find out more

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