## EDitorial ± 2-May-2006

### Do The Math

I loved **maths** at school. I was that kid. It was blissfully second
nature for me. Mental maths, marvellous. Though I remember struggling with the
concept of splitting a shape in two and the two bits not necessarily being
halves, if that makes sense.

So it was flattering to be asked by a friend to act as maths tutor to both her
and her eldest in readiness for the latter's impending SATs. The last four
Tuesday evenings, 6 'til 7pm, we've been covering fractions, decimals,
percentages, subtractions, et cetera. Yum.

If that sounds like your idea of fun, here's the homework that I devised for
mother and daughter tonight:

- 60327 – 5037
- 30% of £540
- 80% of £720
- for this equilateral triangle, what is angle x?
- for this isosceles triangle, if bottom left angle is 50 degrees, what is angle x?
- for this right-angled triangle, if top right angle is 20 degrees, what is angle x?
- list the factors of 80 (e.g. 1, 2, 4, etc.)
- express 0.6 as a fraction
- simplify the fraction 48/64
- 1.02 – 0.7