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Stochasticity is everywhere – and finding the order in disorder can unlock new ways to understand biology. Erlon Silva - TRI Digital/Moment via Getty Images

Cancer evolution is mathematical – how random processes and epigenetics can explain why tumor cells shape-shift, metastasize and resist treatments

An epigenetic model of cancer that incorporates the concept of stochasticity could also explain why cancer risk increases with age and how biological development can be reversible.
In elementary school, algebra involves using mathematical models to represent and analyze mathematical situations. (Shutterstock)

‘Numberless math’ gets kids thinking about and visualizing algebra

Working with moveable pictures can help children learn an algebra rule: Whatever you do to one side of the equation, you need to do to the other. Here’s how teachers or caregivers can lead this.
There are many ways to perform multiplication that will still count the same quantity. (Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for EDUimages)

Why teachers are letting students solve math problems in lots of different ways

Mathematics is not a “neutral” subject — cultural biases exist. A shift to more equitable teaching looks like teachers drawing on students’ knowledge, and students generating lots of solutions.

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