Tags pointing to:  mathematics (19 found)

Rare Time

Tomorrow, at two minutes and three seconds after one o’clock, the digital time and date will be: 1:02:03 on 04/05/06

Functions f and g

Today in calculus class, we were finding the area between two curves. More specifically, as I pointed toward the graph on the board, I said, “Let’s find the area between functions f and g.” It sounded like, “f-n-g.” Or maybe that should be spelled like eff-in-gee. The whole class started smiling and giggling. Once I […]

Happy Pi Day!

Ten decimals are sufficient to give the circumference of the earth to the fraction of an inch, and thirty decimals would give the circumference of the whole visible universe to a quantity imperceptible with the most powerful microscope. — Simon Newcomb It’s March 14, and any student of mathematics should recognize today as Pi Day. Mathematicians do […]

Motivation for Math

Received this little story in an email. Being a math teacher in a Catholic high school, I naturally liked it. Little Zachary was doing very poorly in math. His parents had tried everything: tutors, mentors, flash cards, special learning centers. In short, everything they could think of to help his math. Finally, in a last […]

Parking Lot Strategies

Ahhh! The perennial question every holiday Christmas season—to “park and walk” or “cruise the lot” for the best parking space? Leave it to researchers to analyze the efficiency of these two strategies to find a parking space in terms of time saved. According to this article “Parking Space Roulette” at Science News Online: …in their […]

Pi on Turkey Day

Having “pi” in the name of my weblog, it is only natural that I would have to try out this nifty little website called Am I in Pi?. You type in your birthday to see where it appears within the inifinite sequence of digits in π. So, my birthday is located at the 14,679th position […]

If Only I Knew…

Imagine yourself in a high school honors algebra two class. The intellectual who’s who of your grade is in this class. Imagine further, the teacher, who in an effort to help his students around one particularly tricky question, gives a hint to an answer on the test. He says, “For problem number twenty two, I […]

What are the Odds?

What is the probablity that everyone will have their eyes closed at the same time in a picture? 🙂 This is my calculus class. We’ve been together for three years (through Honors Algebra 2, Math Analysis, and Calculus). I will miss them.

There were these two nuns…

There were these two nuns. One was known as Sister Mathematica and the other as Sister Logica. It was getting dark, and they were still far off from the convent. Sister Mathematica: Have you noticed that a man has been following us for the past thirty-eight and a half minutes? I wonder what he wants. […]

One in a Million

Ever heard of the phrase “you’re one in a million” used as a compliment? With over 6 billion people currently alive in the world today, that means there are 6,000 people just like you! (The population of the state of Oklahoma is about 4.5 million. Ironically, there are four people in the state with the […]

Postulates and Commandments

In geometry, there is a basic set of simple facts or truths that are called postulates. (They are also known as axioms). This set of postulates or basic truths are independent of each other. They cannot be proven. They are just accepted as true. For example, two points determine a line. There is no logical […]

Math Teacher Arrested

At Heathrow Airport today, an individual, later discovered to be a public school teacher, was arrested trying to board a flight while in possession of a compass, a protractor, and a graphing calculator. Authorities believe he is a member of the notorious Al’Gebra movement. He is being charged with carrying weapons of math instruction.

A Sexy Math Typo

Once on a trigonometry test, I accidently transposed the letters “c” and “x” in sec x (read as “secant x”) as sex c. (And the spell checker missed it too!)

Math, goats, and sex…

Well, let’s see. When I’m an old, decrepit man, sitting in my wheel chair in some nursing home and somebody mentions the name ‘Bart’, I will remember math, goats, and sex.

Tweedledum & Tweedledee

Tweedledum said, “The sum of your weight and twice mine is 361 pounds.” Tweedledee replied, “Contrariwise, the sum of your weight and twice mine is 362 pounds.” How much do Tweedledum and Tweedledee each weigh? — Based on the characters in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass

Happy Pi Day!

Did you remember that today is 3/14, that is, the first three digits of π (3.141592654…)?