Author Archives: Stephanie Blanda


About Stephanie Blanda

Stephanie is a math Ph.D. student, with a minor in Computational Science, at Penn State University. She obtained a B.S. from Lebanon Valley College, where she double majored in Mathematics and Computer Science. Currently, Stephanie is studying the interface of two viscous fluids under a shear flow, specifically with applications to wind generated ocean waves.

Online Recommender Systems – How Does a Website Know What I Want?

“People you may know.” “Other products you may like.” “Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought…” We’ve all seen these suggestions when browsing the web, be it on Facebook or Amazon or some other platform. But how do the sites … Continue reading

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When is Cheryl’s Birthday?

Birthdays are a fun tradition that you get to celebrate with your friends and family once a year…that is, if you tell them when your birthday is.  In a logic puzzle that has been making the rounds on the Internet, … Continue reading

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Lone-Divider Method – How to Fairly Divide a Pie

Saturday was the Pi Day of a lifetime – 3/14/15 9:26:53! Hopefully all of you were able to share some delicious pie with your friends and family. When slicing up your pie how can you make sure everyone received a … Continue reading

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John Napier: Life, Logarithms, and Legacy – Book Review

Logarithms – this mathematical staple is celebrating its 400th birthday this year. But how much do you know about the development of logarithms or the man behind them? Edinburgh born John Napier, the inventor of logarithms, is in danger of … Continue reading

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The Method of Markers

It’s Halloween time and kids will soon be trick-or-treating. But if your kids pool their candy, how can you make sure that each child receives a fair share? That’s where the method of markers can help! The method of markers … Continue reading

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