Excellence in the teaching and learning of Mathematics to nurture self-directed Mathematics learners and analytical problem solvers
steer the direction of the Mathematics department with the following aims for
Learn to learn
Appreciate & apply
Reflect on learning
Never give up
Head of Department
Ms Lee Siew Lin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mr Goh Yew Ming Adrian (email@example.com)
Ms Farn Hsing Chieh (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mr Lin Wenwei (email@example.com)
Mr Wong Teck Hock (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mr Leong Kwong Tine Ken (email@example.com)
Ms Lim Chew Yen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mrs Low Hui Ying (email@example.com)
Mr Low Kok Ming (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mdm Mirshasha Bte Mohamed Taib (email@example.com)
Mr Mohamed Alfin S/O Habib Rahman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mr Suranteran S/O Loganathan (email@example.com)
Ms Teo Xiu Wen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mr Tay Jun Keat (email@example.com)
Mr Colin Chen Shou Jie (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ms Grace Shong Kaiting (email@example.com)
Mr Aaron Wong Whye Kit (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mrs Magdalene Wan (email@example.com)
Subjects offered by Department
2. Additional Mathematics
Key programmes of Department
Computational Thinking in Mathematics
In collaboration with researchers from NIE, our Math teachers spear-headed in an initiative to make use of Computational Thinking approaches in the teaching and learning of Mathematics. With our country’s vision of being a smart nation and the increasing importance of computing in the development of applications and technology, the department hopes to tap on this new approach to give students a head start in computational thinking and to generate more interest in the learning of mathematics, while developing a higher level of conceptual understanding.
Andersonians were also introduced to a new card game, Potato Pirates, where they learn programming concepts through playing the fun and engaging game while bonding with their classmates and teachers. Even our non-mathematics teachers thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Learning Mathematics and programming are difficult and boring? The myth is totally debugged!
“The game has positive effect on students as it gives them a way to play using computational thinking.”
Jay Chong 1/1
Teaching Mathematics with the Use of Comics
The “MAGICAL” project, which stands for “Mathematics is Great: I Can And Like”, is an initiative led by Associate Professor Toh Tin Lam from the Mathematics and Mathematics Education Academic Group (MME), National Institute of Education (NIE). It was started in 2014, with Anderson Secondary School on board since 2016.
The project explores an alternative approach to teaching mathematics using comics, and aims to spark off more interest towards the learning of mathematics and its real life applications. Through a customised online platform on which students read comics and apply mathematics to solve problems related to the comics, the learning of mathematics concepts is made more interesting and enjoyable. Students also expressed that they were better able to understand and remember the concepts due to the humorous perspectives illustrated by the comics.
The Mathematics Department will continue to work with NIE on this project in the following year to provide students with more quality learning experiences through the use of MAGICAL comics.
Mathematics Enrichment Week
Have you ever wondered how to make compound interest work hard for you? How do we solve mental sums at lightning speed? How does one learn to solve the Rubik cube and what made the Rubik cube the world’s best-selling toy? In the Annual Anderson Mathematics Enrichment Week (Term 3 Week 3), Mathematics came alive as students explored the answers to these questions through a series of engaging articles written by our very own Andersonians (Elisabeth Mei Mohan, Ong Hong Jiat and Heng Delin from class 2/1). Our student authors also raised the energy level of the students when they hosted a live mental sum and Rubik’s cube solving challenge during assembly where students came up to the stage to compete with one another.
Meaningful and exciting activities were also lined up throughout the week. Students participated in the Poster Trail where they viewed and analysed posters of mathematical projects submitted by their schoolmates for the prestigious Singapore Mathematical Olympiad Project Festival 2019. Activities such as Sudoku, Rubik Cube Challenge, MathemaTIC-TAC-TOE were also lined up for students to score points for their classes which will contribute towards the Anderson Challenge Shield points tally.
The highlight of the week was certainly the EFL Math Quizzes. Due to the positive response received from last year’s quiz, the quiz was extended to both the lower and upper secondary students this year. Through a selection test, talented students were selected to represent their classes to pit against one another in solving challenging Math problems and puzzles on stage, exercising their critical and analytical thinking to the fullest. Active participation was also seen from the audience from all levels, making the EFL Quizzes an exciting and engaging experience for all!
“Andersonians were able to see Mathematics in a different light and realised that there is more to the subject other than just formulae and exams. The organizing team was glad to be able to create a positive learning experience for all students to connect better to the subject and see its relevance in our everyday lives.”
Mr Alfin (Chairman of Organising Committee)
The experience of crafting the reading articles for the school provided my peers and me with the opportunity to learn and appreciate Mathematics beyond the regular syllabus. Overall, we are extremely grateful for this amazing opportunity and look forward to embarking on a similar task again next year.
Ong Hong Jiat & Heng Delin (2/1)
Math Week was extremely enriching. I enjoyed the wide array of activities, namely the articles issued during morning assembly, the exhibitions and booths made available throughout the week as well as the Math Quiz held during EFL. Out of the three articles issued, I was particularly intrigued by the Mental Math article depicting tricks in which to simplify the calculation process. I have also wanted to excel in performing Mental Math and have now achieved that goal after reading the article thoroughly. I especially enjoyed the Mathematical Tic-Tac-Toe Exhibition in which my peers and I were introduced to a different perspective of this modern game. We had a whale of a time endlessly playing the game and looking forward to future opportunities in which we are exposed to similar content. Additionally, I was captivated by the questions posed during the Math Quiz whilst solving the questions alongside other participants. The assembly was so interesting that the entire hour seemed to pass by in an instant. Overall, I think that this year’s Math Week achieved huge success, together with an overwhelming amount of support from the school population. I thus look forward to similar events in the future which would spark an interest in Mathematics among students.
Elisabeth Mei Mohan (2/1)
Each year, Andersonians are given various opportunities to participate in Mathematics competitions such as the American Math Competition, Singapore Mathematical Olympiad Project Festival, Singapore Mathematical Olympiad Competition, etc.
The highlight for 2019 would be our spectacular performance in the Singapore Mathematical Olympiad Project Festival, organized by the Singapore Mathematical Society. In preparation for this prestigious competition, our students worked extremely hard over a period of 6 months on three interesting projects highlighting the use of Mathematics in everyday lives. All three projects submitted for the competition were awarded the Excellent Presentation Awards, a testament to the students’ creativity during their presentation to the judges.
The team comprising of members Le Viet Hung (4/1), Jin Qingyang (4/1), Huang Keyi (4/1) and Tan Yiming (4/1) did exceptionally well with the project “A Simple Approach to the Tiling Problem using Recursive Sequence”. Tiling of rectangular boards is a famous concept in the field of Combinatorics. The team did an analysis of the number of ways to arrange Tatami tiles in a given rectangular space such that no four corners meet at any point, and impressed the panel of judges through their systematic approach to the solving of a simplified general case of this classical problem. For their clear and concise illustration of their proof, they were awarded the Excellent Presentation Award. The project also clinched the much coveted Silver medal and an overall fourth placing in the competition, beating teams from other top institutions.
Title of Project
A Simple Approach to the Tiling Problem Using Recursive Sequence
Excellent Presentation Award
Huang Keyi (4/1)
Jin Qingyang (4/1)
Le Viet Hung (4/1)
Tan Yiming (4/1)
A Quantitative Analysis of the MRT Travel Time Applications
Excellent Presentation Award
Jolie Lin Zhiyu (2/2)
Neo Jia Qi (2/2)
Seah Wei Xiong (2/2)
Tan Le Hao Jayden (2/2)
Robotic Vacuum Cleaner- A Mathematical Perspective
Lei Lingkai (4/1)
Li Boting (4/1)
Luo Zhiyang (4/1)
Yu Xiaoqiao (4/1)