PBS just wrapped up its Spotlight Education week, and this was my favourite of the programs they aired. A mix of varied personalities, cultures from around the planet, and concepts set against the backdrop of a gorgeous landscape make for an interesting story about an approach to learning math that’s relatively new in…
So been reading these two articles on being confident in math and math requirements and it has me thinking about how I always thought I was terrible at math and still have very sketchy confidence in anything that isn’t descriptive stats, and even that’s something I’m only confident in ‘cause of how often I teach it.
To help you get prepared for next week’s return of Orphan Black have a little infographic.
March 14 is National Pi Day (3/14, geddit) where in you can mark all things constant, irrational and transcendental. The Greek letter Pi “Π” is used in mathematics to represent a constant, namely the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, approximately 3.14159. It carries on infinitely, allegedly…
The IIHS has some pretty in-depth statistics and history. I’ll admit it’s a study on death so morbid topic and all but I like numbers and historical information.
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal tackles the important topic of averages. As a math teacher I’m not sure I’m comfortable with their approach.
Guess the Correlation is a very simple game indeed: Look at a scatter plot, guess the correlation coefficient, win or lose. Are you mathematically minded enough to take on the challenge?
I didn’t before, but I now love NASCAR. Over the past couple of years, I’ve had the good fortune to hang around some of the finest engineers, builders, crew chiefs, and mechanics in all of NASCAR. (Plus one middling PR drone.) What I have learned about the science, engineering, and technology required to make a stock…
The funniest thing about the protesting taxi drivers in Budapest? The App Store’s recent download statistics.
I must warn you that the ethics of what I’m about to propose is possibly on the level of Martin Shkreli. It may also require a fortune
the size of his bigger than his. We will, however, win the lottery, specifically the Powerball. Screw your entertainment value, logic and math are fun!
All of you: Stop being obtuse.
Cutting a pizza can be a stressful experience: are the slices equal? Now, a team of mathematicians has found some new ways to cut pizzas into exotic slices, while still ensuring that the all-important size considerations are met.
A couple of days ago the excellent Nathan Yau of Flowing Data put up a very nice viz of the causes of death in the U.S. It was a great starting point but it left people with a whole lot of questions.
So there are plenty of metrics that are easy to understand (like mph for example), others that don’t really mean much (*cough*OPS*cough*), and some that are hard to understand (maybe more than some), but what about the metrics that are fairly simple yet so commonly misused.
Do all the presents you give away over the holidays look like they were wrapped in the dark? Don’t worry: this video features a series of mathematical tricks to help you ensure your gifts always look neatly wrapped.
I’ve seen this thing reposted a shocking number of times. Jesus Christ, people.