The Search for Flight MH370

At 01:38 hours Malaysian Time (MYT) on 8 March 2014 (Saturday), a Boeing 777-2H6ER, registration 9M-MRO, and call-sign MH370 with 227 passengers and 12 crew on board, was reported missing while en-route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing, China.

See attached PowerPoint for further information. Flight MH370



What strategy would you get the Malaysian authorities to follow to find MH370?

You need to find the most efficient route that covers the entire search area.

What do you think happened?

Don’t forget any rescue vessels or aircraft need to refuel.

Is there more than one solution?

How are you going to present your strategy to the Malaysian authorities??

Submit your strategy to the maths office or on the maths blog with your name and tutor group

Deadline is 03/09 first day back.



It turns out that if you totalled the amount of lego bricks in the world and then gave each person an equal share we’d get around 70 each.


What I want is for tutees to submit by Friday 13th June a picture sketched or photographed of some sort or a description of what they would make with their lego bricks.

They can send it to me via email, through you or via a Maths blog entry.


Post cards and a prize will be given to the best entry.


Kind Regards


Mr Lane

What does a Mathematician look like?

Is there a certain haristyle? Do they carry particular items around with them? Do they have particular hobbies? Be creative as usual the best response receives a reward.

More tiles or more hair?

The point for discussion this week.

Which are there more of; tiles on the roof of the Gryphon or hairs on Mr Lane’s head?

Do the metal panels on the Science roof count as tiles?

Can you include Mr Lane’s beard?

The Gryphon

cropped pic


Which is taller?

Which is taller: the whole Gryphon staff stood on each other’s
shoulders or every Gryphon student’s bag stacked in one gigantic pile?

What are the rules?

Are all the staff stood in one vertical column one on top of the other?

Do we include P.E kit?

How far is 10 Minutes?

I was having a discussion with Mr Ovenden the other day, when he came up with quite an interesting question. How far is 10 minutes?

If I ask someone how far away they live it really irritates me when they say I live 10 minutes away. I cycle everywhere and that doesn’t help me.

Did they walk, drive, skate, fly, swim? Does it take them that long to get their teleporter warmed up so they can beam to school?

Do they have to get over some challenging terrain?

You get the idea.

Give me an answer for how far 10 minutes is. The best post gets a sugar based reward.

Tutor Numeracy (1)


(High-speed photographs by Lex Augusteijn capture the moment a bullet hits a water droplet)


Where did you find maths in this picture?  Did you discuss what the picture could have looked like 1 second before or after?  Do you have any interesting maths based question about this picture?  The best point gets a prize!