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Posted at 6:59 pm by Miss Loi in Miss Loi the Tutor

There has been some recent hoo-haa amongst Britain’s education fraternity over a report on the differing standards of mathematical competence between China and Britain.

Apparently this is a sample maths question from a university entrance exam in China:

China maths question

And this is its British counterpart for first-year students already in the university:

Britain maths question

So now you know how that mean studying cyborg in the form of your PRC classmate is produced and cloned :) .

Actually to be fair, the China question hails from Singapore’s previous A-Level Maths trigonometry syllabus, while the British question hails from Singapore’s Secondary Two Maths syllabus. So Singapore is right up there amongst the high standard nations as well!

But in our ever-relentless pursuit to be Number One in everything, Miss Loi hopes she won’t see this one day:

Singapore question

Thanks to Ah Chew’s blog who first provided Miss Loi with the news!

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14 Comments



  1. 2007
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    8:56pm
     
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    ok, it's official, you're siao...



  2. 2007
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    10:44am
     
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    Mossie,

    Don't try to change the subject.

    If you can't answer the kindergarten question just say so!

  3. LB's Avatar
    LB says


    2007
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    1:33pm
     
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    OMG! I've always suspected I would have had a really tough time in a S'pore Kindergarten!



  4. 2007
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    2:43pm
     
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    LB,

    That's why you are in Pastaland and not S'pore.

    So please, get out of my elite uncaring face!

  5. Hai~Ren's Avatar
    Hai~Ren says


    2007
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    3:38pm
     
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    Found this page from Tomorrow.sg; I know the answer to part vi)!

    42 =)



  6. 2007
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    11:46pm
     
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    Hai~Ren,

    Wah you are so smart!!

    But where's your working??! Minus marks!!!

  7. huang's Avatar
    huang says


    2007
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    uhhh. actually i did that relativistic energy stuff last sem, and we're on to wave functions this sem. in a perfectly normal singaporean JC.

  8. CKtalon's Avatar
    CKtalon says


    2007
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    haha..Special Relativity..
    huang, does the new A lvl syllabus include energy-momentum invariance stuff?

  9. huang's Avatar
    huang says


    2007
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    not as such because we're not expected to play around with linear algebra much.. for SR, syllabus mainly about lorentz transformations.

    everyone's having fun with multivariable calculus now though haha. schrodinger's eqns..

  10. CKtalon's Avatar
    CKtalon says


    2007
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    wow..the new A lvl syllabus seems hard =p
    Those are typical stuff people learn in uni..haha



  11. 2007
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    huang & CKTalon,

    We're constantly raising the bar, aren't we?

    The day we see that kindergarten question may not be far off! :)



  12. 2008
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    what the mama?! O.O



  13. 2008
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    answer for part vi) of the kindergarten entrance exam is 42

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    qwerty1106 says


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    *skips the first 3 parts* T.T lotsa marks gone

    iv)Since that there is no specification on what the time is, size of universe when time<0 is 0.00(correct to 3s.f.) as there are only energy, no mass

    *sees the next part and realises that it is a give-away question

    v)Since that the universe started with the big bang, which is a large amount of concentrated energy, the Universe came about when by luck, energy is concentrated in 1D (ie. a small dot) and expands!

    XD

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  1. 2007
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    [...] 29th, 2007 · No Comments Guess what? I chanced upon another post about Math in Singapore! This blog post references a recent BBC news report on Maths standards in [...]



  2. 2007
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    [...] worry too. 28 04 2007 Singapore’s standard of education really rocks. here’s a link-Maths Question. Do remember to click the ‘Number One’ link from there [...]



  3. 2007
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    [...] voor de universiteit veel complexer zijn dan examens voor Britse universiteitsstudenten, heeft een Singaporese wiskundelerares de volgende oefening gemaakt, een toelatingsexamen voor Singaporese [...]



  4. 2011
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    [...] patrick linked me a website which i think is quite interesting.. itz about the standard of maths question set for china and british university student…Link Here [...]

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