# Chinese New Year Maths

## Here are some mathematical activities from Transumwhich all have a traditional Chinese connection.

### Celebrate

Recognise the contribution the Chinese people have made to the development of Mathematics by doing some of the following activities.

The activities can be enjoyed any time of the year but the dates of the Chinese New Year are given here for reference.

 10 February 2024 Dragon 29 January 2025 Snake 17 February 2026 Horse 6 February 2027 Goat 26 January 2028 Monkey 13 February 2029 Rooster 3 February 2030 Dog 23 January 2031 Pig 11 February 2032 Rat 31 January 2033 Ox

### Chinese Numbers Jigsaw

An online interactive jigsaw puzzle of a grid of Chinese number symbols.

### Magic Square

Each row, column and diagonal should produce the same sum.

### Nim

Nim is a mathematical game of strategy in which two players take turns removing objects from groups of objects.

### Pascal's Triangle

Get to know this famous number pattern with some revealing learning activities

### Playing Card Maths

Imagine you are on a desert island with nothing but a pack of playing cards. Do you have to stop learning mathematics?

### Pong Hau K'l

Take turns with the computer to move the stones to the empty space. You win if the computer is unable to make a move.

### Tangram Template

An online challenge to use all the pieces of the tangram puzzle to fit into the outlines provided.

### Famous Chinese Problem

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If cockerals cost 5 qians each, hens cost 3 qians each, and 3 chickens cost 1 qian, and if 100 fowls are bought for 100 qians, how many cockerels, hens and chickens are there?

### Population

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Chinese New Year is celebrated by more than 20% of the world. Roughly how many people is that?

Absolutely Everyone

### Chinese Remainder Theorem

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It was first published in the 3rd to 5th centuries by the Chinese mathematician Sun Tzu. It will determine a number n that, when divided by some given divisors, leaves given remainders.

## Happy New Year:新年快乐xīn nián kuài lè

ChatGPT,

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

"The Chinese have contributed many important concepts and techniques to the field of mathematics, including the invention of the decimal numeral system, the use of negative numbers, the development of algebraic equations, the invention of the abacus, and the discovery of the Pythagorean theorem. They also made important contributions to the study of geometry and trigonometry, and developed methods for solving polynomial equations. Additionally, the Chinese developed early forms of mathematical logic and set theory, and made significant contributions to the study of combinatorics and number theory."

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