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Jul 272012
 

Interesting news today that the NHS want to introduce standardised health charts to monitor patients pulse, temperature, blood pressure, breathing rate, level of consciousness, and oxygen saturation. Apparently each hospital currently has its own chart, leading to confusion when staff move between hospitals.

Here is some of the coverage.

BBC

Guardian

Telegraph

Mail

If ever there was a good example of “Functional Maths”, this is it!  Everyone should have a basic understanding of these charts.

Maths with Graham would like to be able to access the video on the learning portal which explains how to use this chart, but searches haven’t yet managed to find it. Please let me know if you have the link.

Jul 252012
 

Here is an excellent video that shows how statistics have shaped our world. How they have been used to show smoking causes causes lung cancer, to translate languages and even to understand our feelings.

The Joy of Stats

According to Vimeo

“Documentary which takes viewers on a rollercoaster ride through the wonderful world of statistics to explore the remarkable power they have to change our understanding of the world, presented by superstar boffin Professor Hans Rosling, whose eye-opening, mind-expanding and funny online lectures have made him an international internet legend.”

Jul 152012
 

Quia  is a site where you can easily create your own quizzes and access quizzes made by others. You can see examples of Quia quizzes by clicking the “Quia” tab at the top of the home page. There are 16 different types of activities you can create, including flashcards, concentration, rags to riches, wordsearch, columns, hangman, picture perfect  and battleships. Quia is a subscription service, but you can get a free 30 day trial.

Jul 132012
 

Lots of Functional Skills questions ask you to schedule or plan something. The best strategy for these questions is trial and error. Try something and see if it works. If it doesn’t think carefully about what could be changed and try again. Don’t be put off if you get a different answer to your friend- it is quite possible that there will be more than one correct answer.

Here is an excellent activity from Northern College where you have to plan a Holiday rota.

Northern College have some more scheduling activities here

Jul 062012
 

Download, print and cut out the triangles. Work with a friend to try and match all the questions with the correct answer.

Finding Averages and Range

Remember the range is the difference between the biggest and smallest number.
The mean is the sum of all the data divided by the number of data items.
The median is the middle number when the data is arranged in order.
The mode is the most frequent number.

Many thanks to Mr Barton for the original jigsaw.

If you must cheat here is the solution.

Jul 062012
 

Print out the jigsaw and cut out the triangles. Work with a friend to try to match all the questions with the answers.

Download Mode and Mean Jigsaw

Remember to find the mode look for the most frequently occuring data item. To find the mean add up all the data and divide by the number of data items.

Thanks to Mr Barton for the original jigsaw.

If you are really stuckdownload Mode and Mean Jigsaw solution

Jul 062012
 

Download the pdf, print it and cut out the dominoes. Work with a friend to put them together correctly or play dominoes by sharing the dominoess and taking it in turns to place the next domino. If you can’t go the other player has another turn. The winner is the first to place all their dominoes correctly.

Download Simple Probability Jigsaw

If you have never played cards before here is a young lady showing you what they look like
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwterfD6LDk

You need to understand there are four suits, spades♠, hearts♥, diamonds♦ and clubs♣.
Spades and clubs are black, hearts and diamonds are red. There are 13 cards in each suit, so altogether there are 4×13=52 cards in a pack. Number one is called an Ace. They are then numbered up to 10. After 10 there is a Jack, Queen and King.These are called picture cards.

 

Thanks to Mr Barton Maths for this Jigsaw.

If you are struggling you can view the solution here.
Simple Probability Solution