A traditional maths problem involving pizza will be very far removed from real life.
Students need more than just arithmetic to succeed in the modern world. Learning maths through an inquiry-based approach can help them develop critical and creative skills, as well as resilience.
Honeybees: nature’s maths whizzes.
Honeybees are good at maths, but it was thought they could only count to four. That is, unless you present them with a task in which they are punished with a bitter-tasting drink for getting it wrong.
North Carolina Electoral College representatives sign the Certificates of Vote in December 2016.
A quirk of mathematics gives voters in some small states, like Rhode Island and Nebraska, an extra edge over voters in other states. This happens not only in the US, but in other countries, too.
The math behind the movement.
A new project for Detroit middle and high schoolers combines athletics and mathematical concepts.
Clifford Berry stands by the Atanasoff-Berry Computer.
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The first computer, named the ABC, was built at Iowa State University. But for a long time, few had heard of it.
Numeracy has real implications for your life.
How mathematically proficient are you? And do you have the skills to back up your level of math confidence? The answers to those questions may have ramifications for your financial and physical health.
NAPLAN’s numeracy testing is not at the same level as the mathematics curriculum students are studying.
The questions in the NAPLAN numeracy tests are often years behind the level of mathematics students following the curriculum are studying that year.
Those shapes may prove as constructive as the numbers.
On top of teaching them how to recognize numbers and count to 10, make sure they're playing with puzzles.
Complete College America dubs remedial classes the ‘bridge to nowhere.’
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Many college students take math classes they've already taken in high school. Why does this happen? Is it a problem?
Bias in, bias out: many algorithms have inherent design problems.
Mathematician Hannah Fry has called for tech and data scientists to make an ethical pledge, as medical doctors do. But the same result might be delivered by simply asking people to mind their bias.
There are so many number systems! The ones you know now were developed over centuries but we are still making up more now.
The Romans were great engineers but they had a terrible number system. It didn’t even have zero.
Amazon plans to retrain 100,000 employees in new technologies.
Amazon's plan to invest $700 million retraining its workforce signals very soon all jobs will be STEM jobs – and higher education needs to play a bigger role.
Why don’t students say math is imaginative? Here, the White Rabbit character originally from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, written under mathematician Charles Lutwidge Dodgson’s pen name, Lewis Carroll.
Mathematician Peter Taylor taught high school math to prepare to develop a new 'RabbitMath' curriculum that emphasizes collaborative creativity and learning to work with complex systems.
The Democratic field started with more than two dozen candidates.
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The more candidates that there are, the likelier it is that voters cannot come to a consensus on the best candidate.
England v Pakistan Royal London One-Day Series, The Kia Oval in 2019.
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When bad weather hits, there's a complex formula organisers turn to to make lost game time fair.
Maybe the differences between human and non-human animals are not as great as we might previously have thought.
We're left wondering whether we as humans are so very special after all – that perhaps the ability to learn mathematics could be universal.
People queue to cast their votes in Johannesburg, South Africa.
To a mathematician the idea of, "voter turnout" is not a very precise term. What exactly does it mean? And how is it calculated?
How many lakes are in Alaska? Thermokarst lakes on Alaska’s North Slope are self-similar and fractal.
Painting by Cherissa Dukelow
What do earthquakes, wealthy Italian families and your circulatory system have in common? Scientists use fractals, self-similarity and power laws to translate from local to global scales.
A human knows that four cats, four apples and the symbol 4 all have one thing in common – the abstract concept of 'four'. Now robots are catching up.
The math of raindrops.
Why does the impact of rain in a puddle look different from when it falls elsewhere, like in a lake or the ocean? A 'puddle equation' dives deep into the secret math of ripples.