We all love a good Pixar film; Toy Story, UP, Monsters Inc, Inside Out are Brave are some of my favourites๐. But did you know that making these animations needs A LOT of maths? How a character looks, their facial expressions, the way they move, the lighting, colour and textures – they all use maths!!–ByContinue reading “The maths used to make Woody and his friends – how Pixar make their animations ๐ค๐คฉโค๏ธ”

# Tag Archives: maths

## Weird & Wonderful random maths fact ๐

Mathematicians at NASA ๐ who simulate the flow of fluids through space rocket engines, have helped to develop a heart pump which can keep patients alive while waiting for a heart transplant โค๏ธ–Just as they model the flow of fuel through the engines of NASA rockets, these mathematicians are able to model blood flow throughContinue reading “Weird & Wonderful random maths fact ๐”

## Happy New Year!๐ฅ๐๐ The maths of fireworks and leap years ๐

Itโs 2020!! Fireworks are a staple at new year and these beautiful displays wouldnโt be possible without maths ๐! 2020 is also a leap year – but do you know the maths behind why we have leap years?? And did you know that they arenโt always every 4 years!? ๐ค–First for the maths of fireworks๐๐.Continue reading “Happy New Year!๐ฅ๐๐ The maths of fireworks and leap years ๐”

## Merry ChristMATHS๐๐

Before you find your seat at the dinner table today, why not do a bit of maths to ensure youโre a winner…the maths for winning the cracker pull every time ๐ There is a mathematical formula you can follow to win a Christmas cracker pull ๐. It has been found that the best way toContinue reading “Merry ChristMATHS๐๐”

## Using maths to combat bacterial infections ๐ฆ

Let’s suppose you eat some undercooked meat ๐ or drink some contaminated water๐ฅ by mistake. You might be fine, you might feel a bit sick for a few days but get better, but (if you are unlucky) you might have to go to the hospital and have a course of antibiotics ๐.–Let’s talk about whatContinue reading “Using maths to combat bacterial infections ๐ฆ ”

## Using maths to lower the cost of space travel ๐ ๐

With current advances in technology, exploring our solar system is easier than it has ever been. But these missions are still quite rare since the amount of money needed for space travel remains very high! ๐ต๐ต A mathematical concept called the Arnold diffusion mechanism (Iโll explain this later), however, is being used to reduce theContinue reading “Using maths to lower the cost of space travel ๐ ๐”

## The maths of hallucinations ๐ง ๐

Have you ever seen something briefly that you then realise wasnโt actually there? Or rubbed your eyes and seen patterns dancing on your eyelids?๐These are called visual hallucinations and they happen when your brain is trying to make sense of the information it receives from your eyes.ย Your brain uses this information but also fillsContinue reading “The maths of hallucinations ๐ง ๐”

## How maths can be used to give me a dog face ๐ถ Snapchat filter algorithms!๐ฆธ๐ฝโโ๏ธ๐ฐ๐ป๐ธ๐ฝ๐งโโ๏ธ๐ฉ๐ปโ๐๐ฉ๐ผโ๐ฌ

How does snapchat know where to put the filters so that they are on the right part of your face and even stay on your face when youโre moving around?!๐ค First your phone needs to decide which part of the image is your face! Pixels (or picture elements) are tiny squares of colour that makeContinue reading “How maths can be used to give me a dog face ๐ถ Snapchat filter algorithms!๐ฆธ๐ฝโโ๏ธ๐ฐ๐ป๐ธ๐ฝ๐งโโ๏ธ๐ฉ๐ปโ๐๐ฉ๐ผโ๐ฌ”

## The Maths of Asthma ๐ฉ๐ผโโ๏ธ

This is just one of the many medical applications of maths.The airway can be thought of as a stretchy material that opens up as we breathe. When someone with asthma has an asthma attack, their airways contract/tighten making it difficult for them to catch their breathe. We can use maths to mimic this by usingContinue reading “The Maths of Asthma ๐ฉ๐ผโโ๏ธ”

## Hello

Hi! Iโm Sarah (right) and I want to show you WHY your teachers taught you maths that you โjust need to knowโ. Everyone at some point in their school life thought ๐ญ whatโs the point of this?!๐ญ but it turns out that maths is used in some pretty weird and wonderful ways that you mightContinue reading “Hello”