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# mathematics - Wednesday 14 August, 2013

Here's what happened with THAT error in the Leaving Cert Maths paper

The State Examinations Commission said today that approximately 4 per cent of candidates had been impacted by the error.

# mathematics - Monday 12 August, 2013

Report for Quinn on Leaving Cert Maths paper errors "nearing completion"

The minister had ordered that the SEC take the errors into account when marking the exam. Results are due out on Wednesday.

# mathematics - Friday 21 June, 2013

Quinn demands investigation into Leaving Cert Maths mistakes

The minister says the SEC has two jobs now: to ensure no student suffers as a result of the error, and to stop it recurring.

# mathematics - Wednesday 12 June, 2013

Explainer: Here's the problem with the Leaving Cert honours maths paper

Warning: the following article contains trigonometry.

# mathematics - Tuesday 11 June, 2013

Marking of Leaving Cert Maths papers 'will reflect time lost by students'

Science minister Sean Sherlock believes the State Examinations Commission will ensure no student loses out over the error.

# mathematics - Tuesday 4 June, 2013

Column: The countdown to Project Maths is on – what should you expect?

This week the State exams begin and Leaving and Junior Certificate students are getting ready to tackle Project Maths. John Devlin has some tips for those worried about the new syllabus.

# mathematics - Sunday 27 January, 2013

17 equations that changed the course of humanity

Some you may remember from school, but some are lesser known ones – like one perfected by an Irishman which allowed for development of modern passenger jets.

# mathematics - Monday 10 December, 2012

Google doodle honours world's first 'computer programmer' Ada Lovelace

Today’s Google doodle celebrates the 197th birthday of Ada Lovelace, the 19th century mathematician and daughter of poet Lord Byron.

# mathematics - Saturday 8 December, 2012

The 12 things in economics that everybody should know Easy Economics This post contains images

The 12 things in economics that everybody should know

The 10 concepts – plus two bonus insights – that everybody should know about economics.

# mathematics - Tuesday 23 October, 2012

From The42 Size matters: Connacht fought a losing battle against European heavyweight Maths And Stats

Size matters: Connacht fought a losing battle against European heavyweight

Was Denis Buckley really a whole 50 kilos lighter than his direct opponent? “Don’t believe the programme.”

# mathematics - Thursday 18 October, 2012

Column: Is mathematical ability just something you’re born with?

A new method suggests anyone can excel with numbers – and nobody should count themselves out, writes Pamela Fitzgerald.

# mathematics - Wednesday 12 September, 2012

Irish pupils taught over twice as much religion as OECD average

A major new survey of developed nations shows the average Irish 7-year-old spends 10 per cent of their school time on religion.

# mathematics - Sunday 2 September, 2012

Here are the answers to yesterday's 4th Class maths test

Yesterday we gave you a quiz based on questions from the 4th Class mathematics syllabus. Here are their answers.

# mathematics - Saturday 1 September, 2012

Back to school: How would you do in a 4th Class maths test?

Are you smarter than a 10-year-old?

# mathematics - Tuesday 21 August, 2012

Universities propose radical overhaul of Leaving Cert points system

A submission to Ruairí Quinn sees Ireland’s seven universities outline issues with the Leaving Cert – and how to change it.

# mathematics - Monday 20 August, 2012

Maths and IT courses see biggest surge in CAO points race

Mathematics and Physics at the University of Limerick saw the highest points surge – up by a whopping 145 points.

# mathematics - Wednesday 15 August, 2012

Which Leaving Cert subjects produce the most A grades?

Some subjects produced proportionally more top grades – while others had higher failure rates than most.

Almost 11,000 Leaving Cert students to benefit from bonus Maths points

The college points race begins in earnest on Monday – but already the bonus points project seems to be working.

# mathematics - Sunday 22 July, 2012

The 10 most important numbers in the world Costants This post contains images

The 10 most important numbers in the world

Avogadro, Planck, Boltzmann… the whole gang is here.

# mathematics - Saturday 23 June, 2012

WATCH: How to solve the Alan Turing Google Doodle Enigma This post contains videos

WATCH: How to solve the Alan Turing Google Doodle

Puzzles on the search engine’s website are commemorating the 100th anniversary of Turing’s birth.

# mathematics - Sunday 3 June, 2012

From The Daily Edge Is it possible to guarantee a profit in this week's Euromillions? Here's your answer It Could Be You

Is it possible to guarantee a profit in this week's Euromillions? Here's your answer

Warning: if it is, you’ll need a lot of computers, a lot of credit cards, a little bit of luck, and €233 million in cash.

# mathematics - Wednesday 5 October, 2011

From The Daily Edge Wasabi, yawning, and needing to pee: the winners of the 2011 Ig Nobel prizes Ig Nobel Prize This post contains images

Wasabi, yawning, and needing to pee: the winners of the 2011 Ig Nobel prizes

The alternative annual prizes – honouring science that makes us laugh and think – are as off-the-wall as ever.

# mathematics - Friday 10 June, 2011

Day 3: Exam students tackle Geography and Maths papers

Students in the Leaving and Junior Cert will both face papers on Maths and Geography today ahead of a welcomed weekend.

# mathematics - Friday 27 May, 2011

Majority of employers now want graduates with 2:1 degree or higher

A survey of Ireland’s leading employers by gradireland also found that many employers believe graduates lack communication and writing skills.

# mathematics - Sunday 9 January, 2011

From The Daily Edge 2,000 year old computer reconstructed in Lego

2,000 year old computer reconstructed in Lego

…Eh, how did he do that?

# mathematics - Saturday 23 October, 2010

From The Daily Edge How to win tonight’s €16m Lotto, totally guaranteed National Lottery

How to win tonight’s €16m Lotto, totally guaranteed Exclusive

There’s only one catch – you’ll need to have about €12m spare. Interested? Read on.

# mathematics - Monday 23 August, 2010

IT’S OFTEN SAID that modern TV has been dumbed down – that programmes have become so daft, basic and unchallenging that they’re almost an insult to the viewer.

Well, try telling that to the writers of Futurama, who came across a particular plot hole when scripting the most recent episode.

Their solution? Oh, you know – just discover and prove a new mathematical theorem.

Maths PhD graduate Ken Keeler, who works as a writer on the show as well as on The Simpsons, came up with the theorem’s proof which can be paraphrased as follows:

You have a certain number of people sat at a table. If you make x people all swap seats with someone else, and insist that they can’t switch back with the person they’ve already swapped with, you can still return everyone to their original seat as long as you have x+2 people available.

The theorem was used to get around a plot obstacle where two characters had used a mind-switching machine which would only work one way, and proved that there was a mathematically viable of way of having the correct minds put back in the correct bodies.

As a nod to the show’s geeky following (sadly, this writer included), the theorem was shown on a split-screen frame pictured above (click here for a full-size version from Futurama fansite allowing viewers to verify its authenticity.

Now let’s see your average cartoon try that.