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    I suppose this part of manufacturers, Helix, answers says it all...

    "general education item"

    ...so not specifically for maths, infact nothing at all to do with maths.
    If your only studying maths you might as well throw it in the bin!

    Plastic is very bad for the environment, so much so that the government introduced a 5p plastic bag charge. Helix could do their bit by not providing stencils with every maths set, but insted selling stencils seperatly to the few, very creative people who are able to think of a use for them
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    (Original post by bigoliver)
    Here is the post from Helix...
    The maths set you found has a plastic compass, IMHO the metal ones are much better, perhaps it's just me, but the plastics ones tend to bend.The set I bought was only around £2.20 delivered from Amazon, better value than sets without the stencil oddly enough. This is why I buy sets with stencils it just seems a shame later throwing the stencils away. If you do find a set with metal compass but without the stencil for the same price or less, I would be interested.I understand that pupils do other subjects and if that's why it's included for fair enough, it's advertised as a maths set but perhaps like you suggest it's a study set for multiple subjects.
    I saw one with a stencil in B&M's for £1.00 yesterday and wondered how you were getting on. Thanks for the update.


    Where I think you've really been juked is the plastic pencil sharpener. metal pencil sharpeners are traditionally made of magnesium (apart from the blade & screw), and if you file the corner off one you get a lovely little pile of magnesium flakes which will burn very prettily.

    don't try that at home... or at school... or anywhere else
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    (Original post by bigoliver)
    The manufacturers replied on this thread today.

    I have been studying maths for a while now and wanted to know why a stencil is included with maths sets as I've never used one, I've asked others no one can give a satisfactory answer.
    I thought I might be doing maths the hard way and the stencil could help me with my maths if I knew what it is for.

    I understand how a stencil could be useful in art and that it could have many uses, just I fail to see any mathematical use and they are included in maths sets which I guess are primary aimed at GCSE maths students.

    I haven't meant to come across "uptight", this thread was suppose to be light harted and I hope it has been funny at times.

    On a more serious note, I have to see waste. I have now decided to bin my stencil as I have no use for it, judging by other replies here I guess most maths students do the same. Helix state that they have sold over 100million of these maths sets, that's a lot of plastic to end up in landfill.
    You should organise a collection of the stencils in your maths department and donate them to local primary schools for posters etc.

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    (Original post by tazarooni89)
    They're called set-squares.

    One of them is a right-angled isosceles triangle (90 degrees, 45 degrees and 45 degrees), and the other is half an equilateral triangle (90 degrees, 60 degrees and 30 degrees).

    You can use them for drawing commonly needed angles (15 degrees, 30 degrees, 45 degrees, 60 degrees, 75 degrees, 90 degrees etc.) more quickly and accurately than if you used a protractor, either by using them individually or by combining them together.
    okaaaay

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    (Original post by bigoliver)
    But what would students in the 1970s have used the stencils for?

    If they are still seen as a relevant part of a maths set, please can you give me an example of when in maths, an alphabet stencil could be useful?

    Nobody seems to have have ever used then whilst studying maths

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    Don't you have anything better to do with your time man, like getting a girlfriend or something.
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    (Original post by IYGB)
    Don't you have anything better to do with your time man, like getting a girlfriend or something.
    How would cheating on my wife be a better user of my time?
    How long to you think it takes to ask a question here at TSR?
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    (Original post by bigoliver)
    How would cheating on my wife be a better user of my time?
    How long to you think it takes to ask a question here at TSR?
    You actually have a wife?!!!!
    What are you doing in here?
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    (Original post by M14B)
    You actually have a wife?!!!!
    What are you doing in here?
    If this was a dating site, that would be a fair question, but, this is a student forum and I'm here because I'm studying maths.

    I suppose your thinking having a wife I should be able to find better things to do with my time, but I don't actually spend much time here and by that logic single TSR members should also be able to find a better use of their time.

    Ironically, on this forum you actually have a higher badge rank and more reps than me, suggesting you more time here than me 😀
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    (Original post by bigoliver)
    If this was a dating site, that would be a fair question, but, this is a student forum and I'm here because I'm studying maths.

    I suppose your thinking having a wife I should be able to find better things to do with my time, but I don't actually spend much time here and by that logic single TSR members should also be able to find a better use of their time.

    Ironically, on this forum you actually have a higher badge rank and more reps than me, suggesting you more time here than me 😀
    True but I am 19 and have no wife.
    I am sincerely sorry for making you feel insecure.
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    True but I am 19 and have no wife.
    I am sincerely sorry for making you feel insecure.
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