Joshua's math-ology

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Who am I?

Actually, if you think about it, this is one of the most confusing questions in the world. The answer varies according to the context in which the question is asked. You can answer this question in a myriad of ways, and yet all of them are equally true.

If you are a believer in mathematics, then everything can be seen in absolution. If truth is absolute, then there is only one truth. Everything else is false. There is no such thing as in between. It’s either you are right, or you are wrong. That is why maths papers are very easy to mark ūüôā

Let’s try to apply the principle of absolute truth in answering a very simple question. “Who are you?”

I’m sure you can come up with at least 10 answers in a minute. “I am Joshua. I am the son of Hooi Meng Sooi. I am a teacher. I am the founding president of Team Miracle Mile. I am a human being. I am a Chinese male. I am a Malaysian. I am a Christian. I am Mei Yee’s husband. I am a Penangite. I am, etc etc…”

Each answer has meaning only to a certain group of people. If you are dealing with an international body, your citizenship is who you are. If you are going for an interview, your job is who you are. If you are working in an organization, your rank is who you are. If you are found unconscious in a ditch with no ID, then your race, age and gender is who you are.

Back to the principle of absolute truth. One is true, all others are false. For truth to be true, there cannot be more than one.

So…

  1. If there are multiple true answers about who you are, then there is no one, true answer.
  2. If there is no one, true answer, then there is no truth in the answer.
  3. If there is no truth in the answer, then who are you?

* * * * * * * * * *

Anyway, this is who I am…

By that piece of paper, you can tell a lot about me. What degree I graduated with, where I got the degree from, what I officially know in my brain, what I am certified to do as a vocation, and how old I am.

The rock star of mathematics

By that picture alone, you can tell a lot more! It says something about my personality, what I dare to do, and what I can do. Given the opportunity, I can turn your math score from zero to hero.

Joshua’s mathematics can be trusted. And you can trust him too!

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August 28, 2010 Posted by | Joshua's math-ology | 1 Comment

Minorities stick together

Consider the following scenario.

How many ways can you arrange the shoes, so that the black shoes must always be together?

Before we tackle this problem, let’s simplify it a little. Let’s imagine they are all in a straight line. B = black shoes, T = tri-coloured shoes. Let’s try to see all the possibilities.

B B T T T T =   5  x  4  x  3  x  2  x  1  x  2  =  240

Therefore, the total number of possibilities are 240.

Now, back to the scenario.

If we arrange the shoes in a circle, will the answer be the same?

August 27, 2010 Posted by | Additional Mathematics Form 5 | Leave a comment

SPM and PMR, panic attack class

Tick, tock, tick, tock…

Are you having a panic attack?

"Gasp, so few days left before SPM!"

Don’t worry. What you need during these last days is a rock-solid tutor to steady your nerves. An expert in last minute study himself, Joshua Hooi knows exactly what you must do.

“Why you scared, last time I also like that,” says Joshua Hooi, recalling his own schooling days. “In the end, still get A1!”

Waste no more time. Come alone, or get a group to come with you. Click on Services to see how he can help you. Click on Terms to find out what his conditions are. Click on Contact to get his 24-hour hotline.

He will turn your fear into joy.

August 26, 2010 Posted by | Additional Mathematics Form 5, Mathematics Form 3, Mathematics Form 5 | 1 Comment

Pythagoras – the man, and the theorem

Pythagoras of Samos, whom we fondly know as the a2 + b2 = c2 guy, is known for his theorem on right-angled triangles.

Basically, if you have a right-angled triangle:

  • The shortest side, call it a.
  • The second longest side, call it¬†b.
  • The longest side is the hypotenuse. Call it¬†c.

Imagine that a is a side of a square (blue), b is a side of a square (red), and c is a side of a  square (purple). The area of the blue square is a2. The area of the red square is b2. The area of the purple square is c2.

If you add up the area of the blue square (a2), with the area of the red square (b2), it’s the same as the area of the purple square (c2).

Hence, Pythagoras’ theorem is proven!

a2 + b2 = c2

*Actually, it doesn’t matter which side you call a or b. As long as you don’t get c mixed up.

Did you know that Pythagoras was not really a mathematician? He was first known as a philosopher, and also as a founder of a religious movement. Then only was he known for his contribution to mathematics, but even that is questionable.

Pythagoras was a Greek philosopher who greatly influenced Plato, and through him, subsequently influenced all of Western philosophy. Pythagoras also founded a religious sect called Pythagoreanism. Here is an idea of how Pythagoras fuses his philosophy, religion and mathematics, all into one:

“The so-called Pythagoreans, who were the first to take up mathematics, not only advanced this subject, but saturated with it, they fancied that the principles of mathematics were the principles of all things.” – Aristotle, 350 B.C.

The principles of mathematics were the principles of all things! It governs your sciences, influences your morals, and basically forms the basis of your way of life.

Doesn’t that sound strangely familiar? Like someone used to say it a lot in class…

There are very few known facts about Pythagoras’ life. Too few, and too late of a date to be considered trustworthy. Even his contemporaries gave very little written information about him. His identity remains hidden in a ¬†shroud. The secrecy of the Pythagorean brotherhood did not help much either. Therefore, along with the passage of time, the invention of myths took the place of Pythagoras’ ¬†biographical facts.

However, modern day anthropologists have discovered new evidence about Pythagoras. Combined with the work of well-reknown historians and artists, they have put together what they believe to be the most accurate archeological record to date. Pythagoras is believed to look something like this…

The team of anthropologists are still trying to get approval from the International Museum of Natural History.

August 25, 2010 Posted by | Mathematics Form 2 | Leave a comment

Joshuamatics

Tired of mathematics?

Your typical math class.

Try Joshuamatics! It is Joshua’s brand of mathematics.

Not your typical teacher.

Mathematics is not a dry subject with Joshua Hooi. He can breathe life into your math, raise your exam grades, and heal your mathematical problems.

You can't fall asleep, even if you try.

He is not keen on handing out answers as a standard lesson plan. “Siapa suka salin, satu hari akan masuk hospital bersalin,” He candidly says in his classes. Perpetually armed with a wise crack and a wise saying, you won’t have a dull moment with him. “Give a student the answer, he will be happy for a day. Teach a student how to answer, he will be happy for a lifetime!”

Problem.

What drives him is the satisfaction of seeing his students getting better at solving problems. “One day, you will realize that life’s problems are much more complicated. Math is just a training ground – a stepping stone, if you like – that prepares you for greater challenges ahead.”

Problem solved.

Many students have benefited under his tutelage. He responds to house-calls for home tuition classes. But that, of course, is subject to his availability. He operates within the comforts of your own home, at your preferred timing. He is confident with any kind of maths the secondary school has to offer.

You have a problem? Joshua Hooi looks forward to hear from you.

August 15, 2010 Posted by | Joshua's math-ology | 1 Comment