Turn on thread page Beta
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    8
    ReputationRep:
    I've owned a few maths sets over the years whilst I've been studying maths, all of which have came with stencils...

    Name:  20160722_162340.jpg
Views: 962
Size:  497.1 KB

    ...what gives?

    As much maths studying that I have done I've still not found a use for the stencil.

    Does anyone know what the intended purpose is for the stencil?

    The front of my maths set states "over 100 million sets sold" that's a lot of stencils, surely someone should know what they are for?

    Cheers,

    Oliver ☺
    Attached Images
     
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    For mathematicians who do Math because they are terrible at handwriting and English.
    Offline

    12
    ReputationRep:
    Whilst my handwriting is terrible, stencils aren't time efficient to write with, think they were thrown in for the banter


    Posted from TSR Mobile
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    8
    ReputationRep:
    They must have made over 100 million of these, seems like such a waste.
    I don't know anyone who uses them
    I should have asked my maths teacher what it is for, bet that would have stumped her.

    Name:  20160722_162313.jpg
Views: 769
Size:  501.7 KB
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    8
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by drandy76)
    Whilst my handwriting is terrible, stencils aren't time efficient to right with, think they were thrown in for the banter


    Posted from TSR Mobile
    Not to mention the amount of paper you'd use writing that big!
    Offline

    21
    ReputationRep:
    one of life's unknown mysteries bro
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    Maybe it's so when you arrive at an answer, instead of relying on the handwriting being legible, you can use the stencil instead so that it's definitely readable?

    That's about the best I can come up with, but I seriously doubt it's the reason.
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    8
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by david9640)
    Maybe it's so when you arrive at an answer, instead of relying on the handwriting being legible, you can use the stencil instead so that it's definitely readable?

    That's about the best I can come up with, but I seriously doubt it's the reason.
    It's worrying that your answer however ridiculas it may sound is still the best answer anyone has came up with yet 😀
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    When I do Olympiad questions, it can take hours so I label all the vertices with the stencils to take my mind off things. Sometimes I use them to write people's names on table. The most useless thing is the triangular thing in a Maths set, used to draw right angle but the corner gets broken easily so it becomes useless.


    Posted from TSR Mobile
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    8
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by TwinPrimes)
    When I do Olympiad questions, it can take hours so I label all the vertices with the stencils to take my mind off things. Sometimes I use them to write people's names on table. The most useless thing is the triangular thing in a Maths set, used to draw right angle but the corner gets broken easily so it becomes useless.


    Posted from TSR Mobile
    I still think the stencil is the most useless part of the set, atleast the triangle thing if useful until it breaks.
    To be honest I've never used either triangle thing except to use as a ruler when I can't find my ruler, but unlike with the stencil I could imagine the triangle things being useful in some situations.
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    8
    ReputationRep:
    A Staedtler stencil, from my Staedtler maths set...

    Name:  20160722_233953.jpg
Views: 707
Size:  504.1 KB
    • Community Assistant
    • Study Helper
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    Community Assistant
    Study Helper
    I use mine as a mould for alphabetti spaghetti.
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    8
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by notnek)
    I use mine as a mould for alphabetti spaghetti.
    That's a great use for it, but still doesn't explain why it comes with a maths set
    Offline

    15
    I love this thread :lol:

    and idk, I use it in my art sketchbooks but as for why you would need it in maths :dontknow:
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    8
    ReputationRep:
    I asked my friend who studied maths at Trinity College Cambridge, worked as head of maths at a school and now works giving training to maths teachers.

    Even he wasn't too sure but did have a couple of ideas, here is his reply to me...

    "Good question! I think like the two triangles which are included it is about being able to produce diagrams which are consistent and accurate, but to be honest I can't think of a good mathematical reason why you would need the alphabet or numbers on a stencil. Perhaps young children could learn to write letters or numbers using a stencil?"

    ...I'm not sure it is designed for young children with the set also containing a compass and pencil sharpener. I'm sure most people wanting a maths set like this are already capable of writing letters and numbers.
    Producing consistent and accurate diagrams send more likely, although even with all his mathematical experience my friend can't think of a good mathematical reason to need the alphabet or numbers on a stencil.
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    For writing things which you don't want to be identified as the author of by handwriting comparison.

    e.g blackmail demands, ransom notes etc...

    presumably it's a common urge during maths lessons :unsure:
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    8
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Joinedup)
    For writing things which you don't want to be identified as the author of by handwriting comparison.

    e.g blackmail demands, ransom notes etc...

    presumably it's a common urge during maths lessons :unsure:
    Dam maths students blackmailing everyone, the murky world of the modern maths student.
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    8
    ReputationRep:
    Incase one maths stencil isn't enough for your mathematical needs, you can actually buy a set of different sized alphabet stencils...

    Name:  1342811240.jpg
Views: 625
Size:  64.2 KB

    Here's another maths stencil you can buy, but this one must be for more advanced mathematics...

    Attachment 564292564294
    Attached Images
     
    Offline

    19
    ReputationRep:
    I wish I knew the answer. I want to know now!!!
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    8
    ReputationRep:
    We may get a definitive answer soon, another mate of mine (Chris) has emailed Maped Helix to ask them...

    "No idea, so I've [email protected] [email protected] k [email protected] Hi Can you advise what the expected usage is for the included stencil within your maths sets?http://www.mapedhelix.co.uk/products...hool-classicie when would this be used in reality?ThanksChris"

    If/when he gets a reply I'll post it here
 
 
 
Poll
Do you think parents should charge rent?
Useful resources

Make your revision easier

Maths

Maths Forum posting guidelines

Not sure where to post? Read the updated guidelines here

Equations

How to use LaTex

Writing equations the easy way

Student revising

Study habits of A* students

Top tips from students who have already aced their exams

Study Planner

Create your own Study Planner

Never miss a deadline again

Polling station sign

Thinking about a maths degree?

Chat with other maths applicants

Can you help? Study help unanswered threads

Groups associated with this forum:

View associated groups

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Write a reply...
Reply
Hide
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.