Category Archives: Technology & Math

The Role of Generalization in Advanced Mathematical Thinking

Generalization and abstraction both play an important role in the minds of mathematics students as they study higher-level concepts. In the second chapter of the Springer book Advanced Mathematical Thinking, Tommy Dreyfus defines generalization as the derivation or induction from something particular to something … Continue reading

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Infinity Elephants and Gabriel’s Horn

Guest Author: Brian Hook Vi Hart’s Doodling in Math Class: Infinity Elephants is a fun little video that brushes over many mathematical concepts without getting bogged down in technical jargon. Vi, a prolific recreational mathematician who also contributes heavily to Khan Academy, … Continue reading

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OKCupid: The Math Behind Online Dating

Guest Author: Michalina Malysz “Like you use sentences to tell a person a story; you use algorithms to tell a story to a computer” (Rudder 2013). In today’s day and age, we have the world at our fingertips. The internet … Continue reading

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Cost Functions in Ergonomics

This is a guest post by Sarah Dantino Cost functions are linear functions describing a relationship between an initiator and its results. They are often used in business and accounting to predict and minimize future costs.  A worked-out example of constructing … Continue reading

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Computers in Math Education

A guest post by Kyle Cluver: In Conrad Wolfram’s video, Teaching kids real math with computers, he discusses the interesting topic of mathematics in education versus real world mathematics. He argues that math education is all about calculating and that this … Continue reading

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