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As The Dust Settles, Let’s Check The Numbers
I really didn’t want to write about the election. But probably, much like you, it’s all I can think about right now. News media is completely saturated with it and the blogs are churning out a steady stream of predictions … Continue reading
Posted in Data Science, Events, Issues in Higher Education
Tagged Cathy O'Neil, Chronicle of Higher Ed, Election, Polling
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Which One Doesn’t Belong?
1, 2, 4,…. What’s the next number in the sequence? I was a rulefollower as a kid, so I always got the “right” answer on questions like that, but they still bugged me. Sure, 8 would be predictable, but why … Continue reading
Math Games Might Be Sort Of Good For Your Brain
Good news, all that time you spent playing World of Warcraft might have made you smarter. A study out of Stanford just showed that playing video games just 10 minutes each day can make you better at math. The study … Continue reading
Posted in Math Education, Recreational Mathematics
Tagged Apps, Euclidea, Math Munch, ReTopo, Video Games
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BacktoSchool Blogs
I have spent almost every August since I was five years old getting ready for the beginning of school, so it’s a little strange this year not to be shopping for binders and pencils, buying textbooks, or preparing lesson plans. … Continue reading
Posted in Math Education
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Fold Your Way to Glory
Yesterday, I led a meeting of a Teachers’ Math Circle about the fold and cut theorem. This theorem says any region with a polygonal boundary can be folded and cut from a sheet of paper using only one cut. I … Continue reading
Algebra: It’s More Than Just Parabolas
Our old pal Andrew Hacker is back at it again. With the publication of his new book and a spate of recent media appearances, he is a man on a mission. A professor emeritus in the Department of Political Science … Continue reading
Posted in K12 Mathematics, Math Education
Tagged algebra, Andrew Hacker, Ben Orlin, Keith Devlin, Simon Jenkins
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Blogging Counterexamples
I can’t believe someone has been blogging about counterexamples since July of last year and I just found out! Luckily, the Aperiodical Advent Calendar alerted me to it yesterday, and now Math Counterexamples is the newest addition to my blog feed. … Continue reading
Posted in Math Education
Tagged algebra, analysis, counterexamples, JeanPierre Merx, topology
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Blogging in Math Class: A Q&A with Casey Douglas
Last year, I had my math history students write a blog. The course counts as a writing credit, so blog posts seemed like good short writing assignments. But what about blogging in a math class that’s just a math class? … Continue reading
Take Me Out To The Stats Game!
Recently, I was hanging out watching the Pirates crumble under the pressure of a wild card game and someone asked me a really good question. Supposing you were busy taking selfies and missed a few plays, but you noticed that … Continue reading
Posted in Applied Math, Data Science, Math Education
Tagged Baseball, Laura McLay, Sharon Jones, Sports Analytics, Tim Chartier
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The Pseudocontext 2016 Deserves
2016 has been the year of the lolsob. I have my reasons for feeling that way, and I’m guessing you might too. In that light, I’ve especially started looking forward to Dan Meyer’s “pseudocontext Saturday” posts. In each one, he finds a picture … Continue reading →