Archive: December 2015

English Grammar – Everyday vs Every Day

Everyday = an adjective that describes a noun

Definition: happening every day or regularly; ordinary

Example: The Internet has become part of everyday life.              

In this instance, ‘everyday’ is followed by a noun and is not used by itself at the end of a sentence.

Every day = a phrase that usually acts as an adverb

Definition: all of the days or each day over a period of time

Example: I drink coffee every day.                                                        

In this instance, you should separate ‘every’ and ‘day’ like ‘every hour’, ‘every week’, ‘every month’, etc. You don’ t write ‘everyhour’, do you? 🙂

Sponge ME, English Tuition (Singapore)

Real Numbers – History of Zero

The History of Zero

Indian mathematician and astronomer, Brahmagupta (598–668 CE) was the first to formalise arithmetic operations using zero.

He used dots underneath numbers to indicate a zero. He also wrote rules for reaching zero through addition and subtraction, as well as the results of arithmetic operations with zero.

This was the first time in the world that zero was recognised as a number of its own, as both an idea and a symbol.

The Discovery of Zero – Excerpt from BBC’s the Story of Maths

Are the numbers ‘0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9’ Indian or Arabic? Why was the number zero initially despised by the western world? How did the partnership of ‘zero’ and ‘one’ change the world, eventually giving rise to the Internet age?

If your interest has been piqued, please continue to watch the video below (a BBC documentary) to find out more about the amazing story of the numbers zero and one, taking us across the world, from east to west. We love this story and hope you do too. Enjoy! 🙂

Sponge ME, Maths Tuition (Singapore)

The Story of the Numbers Zero and One – Part 1

The Story of the Numbers Zero and One – Part 2