Judy Meriwether

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In 'How Not to Be Wrong' Jordan Ellenberg makes math meaningful

In "How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking," Jordan Ellenberg writes about when it's a good idea to buy lottery tickets, why tall parents have shorter children, a dead fish in an MRI machine, and overperforming mutual funds. Because he's a mathematician at the University of …

If you ever wondered how math class could help you later in life, here’s your answer

In 1943, a mathematician named Abraham Wald was given a problem to solve by the U.S. Air Force. Its engineers wanted to know where to reinforce the armour on fighter planes to best protect them in combat, but keep them light enough to fly. And for his consideration, they showed him the planes that …

Math has spoken: You're cutting a cake all wrong

Ever since math began to control the world -- shortly after Larry Page and Sergey Brin started their little concern -- I gave myself over to the new power.<p>If math tells me that wearing red will make me more attractive, I do it. If math says it's better to find a new flame who looks just like my ex, …

Love and Math: Equations as an Equalizer for Humanity

French polymath Henri Poincaré saw in mathematics a metaphor for how creativity works, while autistic savant Daniel Tammet believes that math expands our circle of empathy. So how can a field so diverse in its benefits and so rich in human value remain alienating to so many people who subscribe to …

Math: The ultimate BS detector

Videology Will Do Your Math Homework

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Stupid customer service math, health club edition

Tell me if this has happened to you:<p>So, my health club membership is expiring in a couple of weeks, and I've now received a half-dozen calls (at least) from the chain's headquarters urging me to renew.<p>The last customer service rep offered me a renewal deal at $239.88 for a year, payable in advance. …

6 Engaging Books to Teach Kids Math

<i>The following post was written by Renee Bergeron, who blogs at A Baker's Dozen and Apollo XIV and is part of POPSUGAR Select Moms.</i><p>Interested in keeping your kids' math skills sharp without letting them know they're learning? Here is a list of amazing math books your kids will love! We have each and …

Zap Zap Fractions Makes Learning Math Fun

Zap Zap Fractions is an iPad and iPhone math app for children that manages to be both instructional and beautiful. When I saw the game demoed by its creators, Malaysia-based Visual Math Studio, at the recent Echelon event, I was impressed by its illustrations of aliens and spaceships, as well as …

Here's How To Get Kids Excited About Math. (Yes, It's Possible!)

I'll never forget my first day as a high school teacher in America. My dream was pretty simple: Mold eager minds into future science, technology, engineering and math leaders who will help define the 21st century.<p>My reality was a little different.<p>I walked into the classroom armed with a mathematics …

A Payroll Tax Math Error Adds $5 Billion To The Deficit

Nothing gets lawmakers and pundits more outraged than government’s proverbial waste, fraud, and abuse. Nearly always, these stories involve spending. But taxes are hardly immune. One case of pure waste involves a simple math mistake that will cost the Treasury $5 billion in lost revenue over the …

These 'X-Rated' Math Terms Sound Dirty But Aren't Really

For some people, math is a four-letter word. But even if you're comfortable talking equations, you might be a bit squeamish when making reference to math terms with names that sound X-rated.<p>Here are six math terms that sound dirty but aren't (see list below). The explanations for the terms were …

Awkward George Osborne Dodges Schoolboy's Basic Maths Question

What's seven times eight?<p>It's simple maths question that most primary school children can answer (56, if you're struggling). But it's one dodged by …

These Test Questions Show How Math Has Totally Changed Since You Were In School

Schools have adopted new ways of teaching subtraction and multiplication, and parents have been speaking out about how they can no longer help their children with their homework because they don't understand the methods.<p>Last week, The New York Times' Motoko Rich wrote about a Louisiana mother who …

Mathematics

Math can-do: Column

Toss out those negative misconceptions we’ve cultivated that we’re not good at math.<p>As a math educator, I often find myself in conversations with parents who tell me, "I was never good at math, so it's not surprising my son isn't good either." I've also spoken with teachers who tell me that a …

Math and Reading Skills Are Affected by the Same Genes

A point against the idea that there's a good-at-math gene you're lacking—scientists have discovered that many of the genes that influence a child's math ability also impact their skill at reading. The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, compared DNA and math and reading test …

Science And Math Majors Earn The Most Money After Graduation

The DOE report looked at four years of data on college graduates and found that STEM majors — science, technology, engineering, and math — on average earn $65,000, while non-STEM majors earned about $15,500 less. STEM majors were also more likely to be employed and hold only one full-time job, …

College & University

Why one Alberta mom started a petition to change math education in 2014

Although I am neither a teacher nor a mathematician, as a mother of three young children who are entering the primary education system, I am calling our ministry of education in Alberta to task with a petition to urgently stem the systematic breakdown of our children's education.<p>As with most …

What Shanghai can teach us about teaching math

<i>This story is part of a series on Canada's ongoing debate about how best to teach math in our schools.</i><p>The lesson starts simply, just a basic six-by-six grid marked with the Shanghai Luwan First Central Primary School – and several nearby snack shops.<p>Nie Xiao, the teacher, points to one.<p>"How can we …

How I Finally Got Over My Fear of Math

The classroom smelled like feet. It had no windows and was lit by those awful overhead fluorescents that make everyone over 25 look like an extra from <i>The Walking Dead</i>.<p>Not that this mattered to most of my classmates, who looked barely 18 and were probably wondering what the old lady was doing in …

Like math? Thank your motivation, not IQ - Technology & science - Science - LiveScience | NBC News

Looks like Tiger Mom had it half-right: Motivation to work hard and good study techniques, not IQ, lead to better math skills, a new study shows.<p>But there's a catch: The findings, published this month in the journal Child Development, show that keeping children's heads in the math books by force …

5 Things You Need To Know About The Future Of Math

Believe it or not, math is changing. Or at least the way we use math in the context of our daily lives is changing. The way you learned math will not prepare your children with the mathematical skills they need in the 21st Century.<p>Don’t take my word for it. I am not a math professor. I almost …

The Origins of Math Anxiety

Fear of addition, subtraction, and the numerical world starts young—especially for girls.<p>Fear of math is a real thing. I thought I was the only neurotic freak who struggled with fractions in third grade, avoided taking calculus in high school, and dropped out of physics for non-science majors in …