# Category Archives: Education

# Self-Study Advanced Math

What are some great mathematics courses all over the world for someone who is passionately curious about mathematics (especially abstract and discrete maths), is not a math major but has above high school knowledge of mathematics?

# The most addictive theorem in Applied mathematics

What is your favorite theorem ?

I have 2 theorems which trigger my love of Math :

**Chinese Remainder Theorem:**韩信点兵, named after a 200 BCE Han dynasty genius general**Han Xin （韩信）**who applied this modern “Modular Arithmetic” in battle fields.**Fermat’s Last Theorem**：The Math “prank” initiated by the 17CE amateur Mathematician Pierre de Fermat kept the world busy for 380 years until 1974 proved by Andrew Wiles.

**Note 1**: Lycée Pierre de Fermat (Classe Préparatoire) happens to be my ** alma mater** named after this great Mathematician born in the same southern France “Airbus City” Toulouse.

**Note 2**: His another Fermat’s Little Theorem is used in modern computer cryptography.

# [Quora] Common Core Math

Why did the approach to mathematics change with Common Core, rather than providing more structure to how it was previously taught? by Peter Kruger

# MIT Online Free Courses

One of the BEST in the world is “Linear Algebra” by Prof Gilbert Strang

# Singapore PSLE Math baffled Anxious Parents

**One afternoon 5 friends rented 3 bikes from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and took turns to ride on them. At any time, 3 of them cycled while the other 2 friends rested. **

**If each of them had the same amount of cycling time, how many minutes did each person ride on a bike?**

**Note**: PSLE (Primary Schools Leaving Exams) is the Singapore National Exams for all 12 year-old pupils at Primary 6 year end. The result of which will determine which secondary school the pupil is qualified to enter the following year. Math subject, besides Science, English and mother tongue (Chinese or Malay or Tamil) are tested in PSLE.

[**Answer**] Try before you scroll down below ….

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Answer = each student rides 18 mins per bike (= 90 mins /5 ).

The “3” bikes are tricky “smokes” not relevant, it could be any “n” (<6) bikes , as long as total 90 mins, and each student rides same duration.