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Maths Item of the Month

May 2015
A couple of MEI Conference problems

The following problems appeared in MEI Conference sessions in 2014:


You are told that, when rounded to the nearest whole number, x and y are both 1. What is the probability that, to the nearest whole number, xy = 2 ?

Paper folding a parabola

Prove that the following steps will produce a parabola:

  • Fold a piece of A4 paper in half long-ways (to create the y-axis) and draw this in with a pen.
  • Mark a point on the fold a couple of inches from the bottom edge.
  • Fold the bottom edge so that it goes through the point and is perpendicular to the vertical fold (to create the x-axis) and mark this with a pen.
  • Make repeated folds so that the bottom edge goes through the point – these can be at any angle.

MEI Conference 2015

For details of the 2015 MEI Conference see:

Maths item of the month archive