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April 21, 2014

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1:37 AM | #2minPD Project: Using ThingLink for Pre-Teaching
Thanks to a connection fostered by my pal Guido over at Nearpod, I found out about a unique opportunity to do global professional development in 2 minutes flat.  The #2minPD project is the brain-child of Stanford fellow Melissa Pelochino, whose goal … Continue reading →
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1:09 AM | FINALLY!!!  I got 2048!!!  YES!!!  FUCK YEAH!!!  Hey, where did...
FINALLY!!!  I got 2048!!!  YES!!!  FUCK YEAH!!!  Hey, where did my family go…
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1:08 AM | The best book written on education in the late 20th century
is The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster. It describes deep issues that thoughtful educators wrestle with daily: wisdom, friendship, trust, relationships between children and adults, and most importantly, knowledge.I remember it as one of my favorite books growing up, but I hadn't reread it in years. Lately, I've taken to reading to my daughter again before her bedtime, and I decided that I would read her books I thought she should know about but might not pick up on her own. I started with […]
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12:30 AM | I’m Going To TeachFest!
An email I’d been anxiously hoping for arrived in my inbox on Friday night. Dear Kyle,Congratulations! We are delighted to inform you that you have been selected to join LearnZillion’s 2014 Dream Team! It was longer than that, of course, but all I really needed to read was the first line.  I’m one of 200 teachers […]

April 20, 2014

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11:41 PM | Brutal honesty: Author takes to PubPeer to announce retraction — and tells us she’ll lose PhD, professorship
Over the past week, there have been a number of comments on PubPeer — a site of which we’re big fans — about a 2007 paper in Oncogene. The comments suggested that the figures in the paper had problems. Some bands seemed to be duplicated, and one of the images looked very much like that […]
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11:40 PM | Removing ‘Barriers’ to Education through Free College Textbooks
Removing ‘barriers’ to education through free college textbooks By Emanuella Grinberg, CNN April 18, 2014 Link to article
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11:16 PM | OKCathy
This week’s Aunt Pythia column features Cathy O’Neil’s take on what questions online daters ought to have to answer in their profiles: How sexual are you? (super important question) How much fun are you? (people are surprisingly honest when asked this) How awesome do you smell? (might need to invent technology for this one) What bothers […]
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11:00 PM | Notes on evaluating predictions, or Background to my airfare predictor article
My article on whether we can trust airfare prediction models is published today at FiveThirtyEight, the new data journalism venture launched by Nate Silver after he moved to ESPN. This topic was originally conceived as a chapter of Numbersense (link) but I dropped it. As I have noted in my review of Nate Silver's book, he has a keen interest in evaluating predictions, and not surprisingly, he encouraged me to get this piece done. Putting Big Data to the Test Just like Google Flu Trends (link), […]
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10:58 PM | Linkfest for Sunday, April 20 (a small one)
Nat Banting on making practice more conceptual - ask students to do the last step in posing the problem. Nice!Andrew Knauft descrbies why he thinks Geogebra > Desmos. A site for finding, building, and storing formulas online, Formula Sheet. (hat tip to Glenn Waddell, whose diigo account may have inspired me to get one - which I don't use. Maybe I should ask him to teach me how to make it useful. I love his real posts, but his Diigo Links (Weekly) are often full of useful ideas too.)Malke […]
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10:43 PM | Remembering Nina Cassian
Exiled Romanian poet Nina Cassian (1924-2014) died last week in Manhattan.  Cassian was an outspoken poet whom I admired for her political views; she also was connected to mathematics -- in her subject matter and her friends.  (See, for example, this posting from January 31, 2011.)       Equality     by Nina Cassian       If I dress up like a peacock,       you dress like a […]
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10:14 PM | a day for comments
As I was flying over Skye (with [maybe] a first if hazy perspective on the Cuillin ridge!) to Iceland, three long sets of replies to some of my posts appeared on the ‘Og: Dan Simpson replied to my comments of last Tuesday about his PC  construction; Arnaud Doucet precised some issues about his adaptive subsampling […]
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9:36 PM | Some Cute Integrals — U-Substitutions
Students of an introductory college-level Calculus sequence may eventually take a “Calculus II” course. This course is a main stay in the Engineering disciplines as well as a major in Mathematics. One of the main topics covered in this course is techniques of integration — u-substitution, integration by parts, trigonometric substitutions and trigonometric integrals, integration […]
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8:53 PM | Photo
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8:44 PM | Sistemi di disequazioni (anche di 2 grado) | Chi ha paura della matematica
Esercizi da svolgere sui sistemi di  disequazioni leggi articolo completo
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8:39 PM | Esercizi sulle disequazioni fratte | Chi ha paura della matematica
Esercizi da svolgere sulle disequazioni fratte di secondo grado. leggi articolo completo
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8:19 PM | Cost of light bulbs – New and improved
There’s a lot of misinformation out there about the cost to consumers of CFL and LED bulbs and the savings in energy and money that could be realized. Let your students “do the math” and realize some of the profit…Read more →
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8:04 PM | Teach Yourself Logic, new layout
The Teach Yourself Logic Guide has a new look. Now, instead of being a standard A4 PDF, it should be an ideal size for reading on screen. Read it either (i) on an iPad (download in Safari, open e.g. in … Continue reading →
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7:31 PM | Happy Passover and Happy Easter!
May everyone enjoy the holiday, whatever you celebrate!  And if you don’t celebrate a specific tradition-  Here’s to just living a happy life!   Cheers All!   Happy Mathing. Dr. Nicki
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7:14 PM | The Common Core makes simple math more complicated. Here's why.
The Common Core makes simple math more complicated. Here's why.: Libby Nelson: You might not know what a number sentence is. Neither does Stephen Colbert, who recently suggested “word equation” and “formula paragraph” as nonsensical synonyms. [source: mme rss]
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7:10 PM | Origami
Origami of impossible figures by Julien Lozi (origamaniac)   http://im-possible.info/english/art/sculpture/julien-lozi.html Author - http://origamaniac.deviantart.com/
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7:00 PM | Mystery physics: What does the M in M-theory mean?
Some of the world's greatest physicists couldn't tell you why our leading theory of everything is labelled "M". Amanda Gefter hit the road to solve the mystery
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6:53 PM | Discovery math debate rages on
Discovery math debate rages on: Daniele Alcinii: A local school district is throwing its support behind discovery math despite mounting disapproval against its implementation in the provincial school curriculum. [source: mme rss]
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6:45 PM | Data Doesn’t Lie? The Fuzzy Math Behind the Search for MH370
Data Doesn’t Lie? The Fuzzy Math Behind the Search for MH370: Jeff Wise: The March 25 report stated that Inmarsat had used a new kind of mathematical analysis to rule out a northern route. Without being very precise in its description, it implied that the analysis might have depended on a small but telling wobble of the Inmarsat satellite’s orbit. Accompanying the written report was an appendix, called Annex I, that consisted of three diagrams, the second of which was titled “MH370 […]
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6:35 PM | matthen: Transforming from ellipses to hyperbolas, by...
matthen: Transforming from ellipses to hyperbolas, by considering slowly changing the equation   (a circle) into the equation  a (hyperbola). The purple lines represent different ‘radiuses’. I’ve been a bit obsessed with conic sections recently! [code]
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6:22 PM | §11.4: Gaussian surface area and Bobkov’s Inequality
This section is devoted to studying the Gaussian Isoperimetric Inequality. This inequality is a special case of the Borell Isoperimetric Inequality (and hence also a special case of the General-Volume Majority Is Stablest Theorem); in particular, it’s the special case arising from the limit $\rho \to 1^{-}$. Restating Borell’s theorem using rotation sensitivity [...]
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6:20 PM | Turley zinfandel
Filed under: Wines Tagged: California, Napa Valley, Turley, zinfandel
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5:48 PM | Learning Math without a Body
Last week was was a strange week of firsts for Math in Your Feet. I've been a teaching artist for about sixteen years and started exploring the connections between math and percussive dance in late 2003. Between 2004 and 2006 the program was piloted twice at all nine elementary schools in a large urban school district in Indianapolis, IN; prior to that I spent five years teaching clogging at many, many small, often isolated, rural schools across North Carolina, South Carolina and […]
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5:30 PM | Leapfrog Division II
A little over a year ago, I wrote up my Leapfrog Division post. It's about time for a modification! The original technique showed you how to work out the decimal equivalent for fractions whose denominators end in 9. In today's post, you'll learn a similar technique for denominators ending in 1. Before learning this technique, you do want to be very comfortable working with the original Leapfrog
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5:00 PM | Make graphene in your kitchen with soap and a blender
A method for making large amounts of the wonder material graphene is so simple that it can be done with kitchen appliances and Fairy Liquid
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4:58 PM | Finite Products Theories
I need a slight generalization of a classic result on algebraic theories. You may know who proved it!
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