The Shoelace Algorithm to find areas of polygons This is a nice algorithm, formally known as Gauss’s Area formula, which allows you to work out the area of any polygon as long as you know the Cartesian coordinates of the vertices. The case can be shown to work for all triangles, and then can be […]

Soap Bubbles and Catenoids Soap bubbles form such that they create a shape with the minimum surface area for the given constraints. For a fixed volume the minimum surface area is a sphere, which is why soap bubbles will form spheres where possible. We can also investigate what happens when a soap film is formed […]

For students taking their exams in 2021 there is a big change to the IB syllabus – there will now be 4 possible strands: IB HL Analysis and Approaches, IB SL Analysis and Approaches, IB HL Applications and Interpretations, IB SL Applications and Interpretations. IB Applications and Interpretations There is a reasonable cross-over between the […]

For students taking their exams in 2021 there is a big change to the IB syllabus – there will now be 4 possible strands: IB HL Analysis and Approaches, IB SL Analysis and Approaches, IB HL Applications and Interpretations, IB SL Applications and Interpretations. IB Analysis and Approaches There is a significant cross-over between the […]

Simulating a Football Season This is a nice example of how statistics are used in modeling – similar techniques are used when gambling companies are creating odds or when computer game designers are making football manager games. We start with some statistics. The soccer stats site has the data we need from the 2018-19 season, […]

The Van Eck Sequence This is a nice sequence as discussed in the Numberphile video above. There are only 2 rules: If you have not seen the number in the sequence before, add a 0 to the sequence. If you have seen the number in the sequence before, count how long since you last […]