When am I ever going to use Maths in real life? ⁠ ⁠ These are questions that maths students ask year after year and thanks to the Corona Virus pandemic, us Maths teachers have some great answers. ⁠ ⁠ Throughout history we have seen pandemic diseases such as the Black Death in the Middle Ages and the Spanish Flu at the beginning of the 20th century. How do we know how contagious COVID-19 is, and how to predict and prevent its spread and what it’s going to do to the economy? Answer: statistics!⁠ ⁠ The IB students have just completed their first statistics unit where they revisited the applications of the mean, median and mode of data sets and delved into different ways to measure the spread of data. The most interesting part was investigating the most appropriate way to visually represent and summarise data and the realisation of how easy it is to manipulate data visually in order to make the reader believe a particular message, no matter its actual accuracy. ⁠ ⁠ Learn more about IB Maths and the IB Diploma at the information night on September 6 at 7 pm, Delatite Hotel, Mansfield⁠