Sunday, 30 December 2012

Christmas Exercises - Day 2

Here you are the solutions for the secon day exercises :D

I very much hope you have interesting plans for this forthcoming week before we get back to class ^_^ And don't forget you have an ordinary challenge and the possible faces for Euler Piruleta in the 2 previous entries :)

Happy New-Sierpinski Year!!

These are some wonderful choreographies by the American band "OK Go". I even danced once one of them with some friends XD So if you have some spare time... enjoy!!

OK GO - "A million ways"

OK GO - "Here it goes again"

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Christmas Exercises - Day 1

I'm sorry for the delay! I was in the Pyrenees and my hostel's wifi didn't work properly :P

Anyway, HERE are the solutions for the Day 1 ^_^

I very much hope that Olentzero/Apapalpador will bring you everything you deserve (should you don't deserve anything, please, try harder througout 2013 XD )

Best wishes and see you soon!!!!

PS: This is an "ordinary" challenge for these Christmas days :D It is quite interesting!! You'll find out! Deadline: January the 10th.

Euler Piruleta vs. Cell and his Plans for conquering Spain

Poor Daleks… they have been defeated once more thanks to your invaluable help! Although Euler Piruleta surely deserves to take some free time, threatens to our beloved planet won’t stop… What a restless life!!

This time, Cell, who has recently absorbed those 3ESO-Bilingual-Program-students whose necks have red marks from previous absorptions by boy/girl/pet-friends, is planning a strike against Spain. Some of his former victims were Angel, Iñigo and Miguel... We all know they were in SUCH pain... XD

To prevent this attack, Euler needs to regroup all the regions in Spain in a way such that:
- The regions in each group have no common borders.
- The least possible number of groups is used.

Our hero is quite frightened since he doesn’t seem to know the least number of groups with the property that the regions in each group have no common borders.

Can you help him?

Use the map below to get the solution. How many different colours would you need to colour Spain’s map noticing that you can’t colour two frontier regions with the same colour? You must use the least possible number of different colours!

Your solution must include the least number of colours needed and a coloured map of Spain supporting your decision.

Mathematical background:

This story stars in the XIX century…One shinny morning of 1852, Francis Gutrhie asked himself about a problem he had been thinking of… How many different colours would be needed to colour a map without two frontier countries having the same colour?

He reckoned what he thought would be the correct answer, but he also found himself unable to prove it. At this point, he decided to ask one of the greatest mathematicians of that time: Augustus de Morgan, who also didn’t manage to find the solution.

We had to wait until 1977 when Appel and Hacken gave a proof based on computers simulation.

Per Gessle's "Spegelboll"
A famous tune from Sweden

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Euler Piruleta's Holidays

Finally Euler has been granted some days off... But he has left us some homework!! OMG! So cruel our Euler Piruleta...

1) First assignment: You have to vote for Euler Piruleta's face! These are our four options:

Send an email to Give 4 points to the one you prefer, and then 3, 2 and 1 for the rest!

2) Second task (real homework): These exercises should be done by the 8th of January. Don't forget to bring them to class the first day after Christmaaaass!! Solutions will be uploaded every weekend with interesting facts and a new ordinary challenge... who will Euler Piruleta fight after his holidays?

3) The Greatest Challenge so far: Origami's Twisted Tower! Remember, if you manage to complete your own tower, an extra point will be added to your second term global exam (what implies +0,4 points in your final second evaluation mark!) The instructions are below (the video + some pictures)

If you want to download it click HERE


 Bring your own Origami Twisted Tower the 15th of January!

And before I forget... Merry Christmassss!!!! :DDD

The Digital Story of Nativity ^_^

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Polynomials' Exam

Most of you have done an impressive job with this exam :D

However, there are still some T-E-R-R-I-B-L-E mistakes which will eventually exterminate you by the Daleks or even worse... by ME!!  :P


$2 \cdot \frac{3}{2}$ is equal to $\frac{6}{2}$ and not to $\frac{6}{4}$  ¬¬ ejem ejem...

AD01 8,6 BC01 8,8
AD02 8,8 BC02 5,9
AD03 9,2 BC03 8,8
AD04 7,9 BC04 8,9
AD05 8,2 BC05 9,8
AD06 7,5 BC06 7
AD07 8,2 BC07 4,4
AD08 7,3 BC08 7,1
AD09 7,1 BC09 9,9
AD10 8,7 BC10 8,9
AD11 6,6 BC11 6,6
AD12 9,3 BC12 4,6
AD13 9 BC13 4,3
AD14 10,5 BC14 9,8
AD15 6,6 BC15 10
AD16 9,7 BC16 8,9
AD17 2,8 BC17 7,2
AD18 6,1 BC18 7,9
AD19 10,3 BC19 5,7
AD20 9,1 BC20 7,6
AD21 5,7 BC21 4,7
AD22 7,2 BC22 9,3
AD23 9,2 BC23 6,6
BC24 8

Did you know that the man who introduced the "Futbolín" in Spain was Alexandre de Fisterra from Galicia? We owe so much to him :D There's even a song from a TV Program ("O Xabarín Club") which was remarkably famous when I was 12 years old :P

Oda ó Futbolín (Os Diplomáticos de Monte Alto)

Monday, 10 December 2012

Euler Piruleta vs. The Daleks and their Geometric Division

Finally Euler Piruleta has retrieved his face which will be made public throughout this week.

Nevertheless, his challenges haven’t stopped yet and once again he is about to face the most hazardous situation…

Although their presence may be terrifying, they don’t have the smarts, so the challenge they have come up with is not that difficult to understand.

Read carefully the message the Daleks have sent and try to solve the mysteries they have stated… Only if you wish to survive to their conquer attempt, otherwise prepare to surrender and be treated as a Dalek Slave for the Cult of Skaro!!!

“This is Dalek Kan speaking. Prepare to surrender. Fighting is pointless. The Daleks will be the masters of the universe. Your only chance to survive is figuring out how to divide this figures as requested. Otherwise, you will be.......

Part I: Try to divide the following geometric figure in 4 equally shaped parts.

Part II: How many different ways can you come up with to divide a square into 4 equally shaped parts? They must have not only the same area, but the same shape as well (Originality will be taken into account!!)

Watch it: you can either deliver the solution by mail or by the old-fashioned mean: handwritten. Euler Piruleta will really appreciate your help!!

Deadline: Thursday the 20th.

Printable version HERE!

This song may help you to relax and focus on your endeavour to solve these challenges :) Each one of them will be rewarded with one extra possitive!

Sigur Ros - "Hoppipolla" (from Iceland)