PREFACE From the Editors: -Hafsa Irfan 11G1 -Niha Rasheed 11G2 We, the editors, are honored to be writing the preface of the 2nd edition of the Mathezine, it gives us great pleasure to be able to express our thoughts and use this as a platform to interact with the students and school staff. It is all because of our teachers support and belief in us that we are able to continue with the Maths Magazine for the second year. Maths is a nightmare to most, but without realization it is used in our day to day tasks. Mastering the art of Mathematics isnâ€™t an easy thing for all, but those who are willing to do so never fail. Maths is a part of everything, from the very small calculations to the use of Mathematics in applied sciences and many more, this is what makes Math even more fascinating and fun to explore. The Magazinesâ€™ members have shown considerable cooperation as well as devotion. We would like to express our sincere thanks to all the teachers and students who worked hard to collect all the materials. Special thanks to each and every hard working student who contributed to this edition of the Mathezine.
Infinity. "It's infinity. " he whispered as he looked up at the sky, his eyes reflecting the stars that shined feebly in the darkness of the night. A lot of what Professor Hermith taught me was from the books he read as a teenager, working in the library of his uncle. He was absorbed in the art of mathematics and astronomy in particular. And if you had been to the library, you would see his little eyes quickly move from one line to another as if his entire lifetime wasn't enough time to read all the books. Meanwhile you would hear the other boys scream and laugh loudly as they would kick the muddy ball and wrestle each other. And in the evening you would find him at a distance in the river valley, staring up at the sky. He was always lost - lost in its vastness. His story is of the time when people first proved and came to accept the fact that earth was round or a huge ball of mud and water like Hermith's mother would say. Science was still a toddler and stubborn to use any of the mathematics tools.
"The sun movement in the sky over a year, if captured at the same time of the day, shows a pattern! " he smiled the brightest when he spoke to me of his findings. The smile that I always thought was as true as the universe he spoke of so dearly. "What pattern? " "Infinity, a brilliant infinity sign. " Later that evening we took a walk down the valley. It was nearly sunset and mothers could be heard screaming from all the houses for their children to come home for dinner. Hermith hated this time of the day. Not because as a child he never had someone call him home for dinner, wrap his wounds or scold him for his mistakes but because this was the time of the day that the sky was thrown into chaos. No order, no pattern but a blended, confused sky. His head hung low as he stared at the almost round pebble. "We can calculate its radius using simple geometrical instruments. " "But a pebble's diameter wouldn't do much good to anyone, would it? " I asked as I picked up the pebble.
"Imagine calculating the earth's diameter. That also using simple geometrical rules. It would be a huge number indeed. " Weeks later he traveled to Cairo to take measurements for his new plan on using shadows length casted by the sun to calculate the earth's radius. He took measurement of the length of a stick's shadow at the same day of the year in north then in south when the sun was directly overhead. And using ratio and trigonometry he calculated the angle then the radius. When he came home he told me it was really a huge number.
"Even the hardest puzzles have a solution" Surraya Baseer 11G
Humble Pi MATHEZINE
Consider humble pi. It is a number never ending. It never repeats itself as its value keeps ascending. Based upon a circle, many men have tried to calculate the ratio of its width to its outside. It is called irrational because it can not be made a fraction. The challenge of its nature has been a call to action. The number pi has played a role in every life on earth. From physics to statistics, its always proved its worth. The tires that you ride on, the table where you dine, little pi was there throughout its concept and design. Humble pi is constant - its been a great addition and quietly serves us each day without recognition. If you can not appreciate why I hold this number high, then shame! It is you that should be eating humble pie.
Mathezine Maths Eye: Photographic Competition Through Maths Eye: Photographic Competition, students exhibited some Maths in the real world by just taking photographs and adding a caption on it. The said competition aims to showcase students’ creativity and photography skills and to exhibit their knowledge in mathematics through pictures. The competition allows student to spot the everyday mathematics in the world around them. Students from Years 7 to 11 (boys and girls) joined in this competition. Participants’ entries strictly adhered to the competition theme – “Mathematics in Everything you do and Everything you See”. They took some pictures of the shapes or anything related to mathematics such as beautiful patterns, symmetries, and intriguing fractals that are present all around us. Their entries either in Conventional or Mobile Photography were judged based on the following criteria: Relevancy, Composition, Creativity, Technical Quality and Overall Impression. We are happy to congratulate the top three students whose photographs stood out. The third placer is Daniel Mohammadi of 8B2 with his entry “Maths on the wheel.” The second placer is Shaheer Rasheed of 7B1 with his entry entitled “Maths: The Only Subject That Counts.” We commend the striking photo of Taqwa Raheed and Katrin Vlckvo of 8G2 who secured the first place. Their photos express several Maths that surrounds at home that made the judges amazed. The title of their photographs is “MATHemazing Measurements at Home.” All who joined in the competition deserve special congratulations for their efforts. Always remember that Mathematics is just around us, in everything we do and everything we see.
“Mathematics in Everything you do and Everything you See”
Treasure Hunt Activity On 26th October 2016, a much awaited and a very interesting and enthusiastic activity was conducted at The Oxford School. The much awaited Treasure Hunt. Students of year 9 and 10 had been eagerly waiting for this day. The four teams were assisted by different subject teachers. The involvement of students along with their teachers in solving the questions and hints to reach the place where the treasure was hidden was spectacular and amazing. It was really a healthy game that is a combination of present mindedness, and Physical and Mathematical skills. This activity focused on observation and description as well as creative interpretation. The winners of the treasure hunt students found a gift as a treasure they competitively looked for, and were the first ones to reach there. Finally the treasure was found in Ms Deepa Vinodsâ€™ room where it was hidden. Team 1, which was under the guidance of Ms Jemima, found the treasure before any other team could. They were awarded by a treasure box full of gifts and chocolates by Ms. Aisha Thasneem. Team 2, the runner ups, were guided by Mr Manoj and Mr Christopher. The activity was entirely conceived, designed and planned by Zainab Khokhar & Salma Moutasim co-ordinated by Soha Mohammad & Rawan Adel under the guidance of Ms. Lathika Nair. The Treasure Hunt Activity was successful because of the immense support and encouragement given by Ms. Aisha Thasneem and Ms. Dhannya.
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Math Symposium The Oxford School held its first Math Symposium on 26 October, 2016 in the senior library. Objective of this symposium was to, Promote student engagement in the mathematics, including projects and research (completed individually or in groups). Provide students the opportunity to share and celebrate the work they have completed in the mathematics. Introduce students to topics and applications of mathematics that are new to them. Students in group exhibited their creative and innovative work through PowerPoint in the symposium There were seven teams Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Omega, Delta, Theta, Epsilon competing with different topics Topic were Maths & Brain, Maths & Sustainability, Maths & Climate, Maths Drives Careers. The event was judged by Ms. Aisha Thasneem â€“ Head of Section [Yr 9-13] and Ms. Indira - HOD [Humanities]. Team Omega bagged the 1st position with an outstanding performance. The 2nd position was held by Team Alpha.
Launch of the Math Month The Oxford School coined the month of October as the Math Month. The students of Grade 8G1 dedicated the assembly to rekindle the desire for learning Mathematics. Adeesha and Nargis explained the history of numbers and the contribution of different cultures to the Number System. They could convince the students the importance of numbers in our daily life. Rukaya recited a meaningful Poem titled “Mathematics”. The students made and presented a video on “The Journey with Mathematics”. It depicted their everyday activities in Mathematics classes and how the staff of our school apply Mathematical skills in their daily life. Additionally, the video even showed that learning mathematics touches all spheres of life. The information about the upcoming events like the Math Quiz, Treasure Hunt, Cartoon Drawing, etc. was shared along with the video. The assembly concluded with a message of appreciation and encouragement from Ms. Deepa Vinod, Head of secondary The Oxford School. She advised the students to love Mathematics and congratulated the team for their outstanding performance.