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Maths To Do:

Exploding Dots

An incredibly unique maths experience unlike anything else. Learn about a new visual way of doing mathematics that you will never have seen elsewhere, in a specially and beautifully designed course with loads of cool levels. If you're looking for the closest thing to maths lessons and video games having a kid together, Exploding Dots is it!

PhET Interactive Simulations

Play around with some neat simulations of the situations you've been modelling in maths, physics and chemistry!

Screenshot of PhET's simulation demonstrating the conservation of energy

Maths Gazette Student Problems

A maths newspaper for teachers, but includes a couple of incredible SMC-style problems every issue. These are some really interesting problems, but you can even submit your solutions through your school for cash prizes! (Find the problems right at the bottom of the linked page)

Problem 2022.2 of the maths gazette's student problem

Brilliant is the right choice for anyone who enjoys learning and problem-solving. A sleek and easy-to-navigate interface with interactive tasks to test yourself keeps your mind active with STEM topics, with excellent maths, physics and computing modules.

Promo image belonging to Brilliant, showing a robot contemplating where to place a right angled triangle on a shape demonstrating pythagoras' theorem

Project Euler

Computational thinking is a critical skill in being a mathematician, and Project Euler is designed as a problem set/competition designed to build this skill bit by bit. Each problem can be solved by hand in theory, but is made to be solved with the help of a computer through basic coding, so this is a great resource if you want to strengthen your programming and mathematics skills at the same time!

Screenshot of the 1st problem in Project Euler

FiveThirtyEight's The Riddler

If you enjoy KCLMS Weekly Maths Challenge, then you should check out a similar idea from the newssite FiveThirtyEight. These puzzles tend to be a bit more focused on just probability and logic, so if that's your love then this is an additional source of fun weekly problems!

Logo for the riddler, showing building block built in the shape of a question mark. A stick figure dangles their legs off the top and waves.

Can You Solve My Problems?, Alex Bellos

"This book is not just a random list of skull-warping brain-teasers, but rather a skilfully curated anthology of puzzles, most of them straddling that tricky zone between trivial and impossible, and at least half of them guaranteed to make you kick yourself. This is a book that should be accompanied with a free shin pad." - Simon Singh, who knows his stuff. Read this for mind-melting maths and problems that can only be solved by 2% of the population!

Book cover of Can You Solve My Problems?, Alex Bellos

The Language Lover's Puzzle Book, Alex Bellos

You may ask what a language book is doing being recommended by a maths school, but in fact they are closer than you think. The study of language requires pattern recognition, the proposal and testing of rules and ideas, and logic and problem solving, all of which is also needed by maths. A few of the students at KCLMS take part in the International Linguistics Olympiad and this book is mostly adapted from it's best problems. Read this if you want to build maths skills without directly doing maths!

Book cover of The Language Lover's Puzzle Book, Alex Bellos
Enjoy the maths and don't get too excited or upset over test results. I wish I had asked my GCSE teachers more questions about interesting maths (not necessarily A-Level maths) to get a better feel for the subject.
- Danylo, Y12 KCLMS Student

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