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# Articles on Mathematics

## From whiteboard work to random groups, these simple fixes could get students thinking more in maths lessons

From ‘slacking’ to ‘stalling’, ‘faking’ and ‘mimicking’, students use a wide variety of behaviours to avoid doing their maths lessons.

## New approach to teaching computer science could broaden the subject’s appeal

Integrated computing enables teachers to incorporate basic programming skills into K-12 students’ regular math, science and language arts classes.

## Getting too excited can stop men from orgasming – but there’s a solution

We found you can have too much of a good thing - psychological stimulation.

## Debunking the Dunning-Kruger effect – the least skilled people know how much they don’t know, but everyone thinks they are better than average

The idea that the least skilled are the most unaware of their incompetency is pervasive in science and pop culture. But a new analysis of the data shows that the Dunning-Kruger effect may not be true.

## Math teachers hold a bias against girls when the teachers think gender equality has been achieved

Teachers judged the same math work differently based on whether the work was associated with male or female names.

## Dobble: what is the psychology behind the game?

Dobble is a card game that originated in France in 2009. It involves observation, articulation and speed.

## Shakespeare by numbers: how mathematical breakthroughs influenced the Bard’s plays

In the late 16th century, new mathematical concepts were transforming perceptions of the world. Shakespeare’s plays helped audiences to process these changes.

## If 1% of COVID-19 cases result in death, does that mean you have a 1% chance of dying if you catch it? A mathematician explains the difference between a population statistic and your personal risk

It’s not entirely accurate to say that you’re more likely to die in a car accident than in a plane crash. Chances are, you’re not the average person.

## Venn: the man behind the famous diagrams – and why his work still matters today

Venn diagrams have helped the development of logic and computing.

## Declines in math readiness underscore the urgency of math awareness

Nearly four decades after President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first National Math Awareness Week, math readiness and enrollment in college math programs continue to decline.

## Robodebt not only broke the laws of the land – it also broke laws of mathematics

I crunched the numbers, and they suggest the Robodebt algorithm’s error rate was on the order of 80%.

## ‘Maths anxiety’ is a real thing. Here are 3 ways to help your child cope

Maths anxiety is the feeling of tension and worry that interferes with a person’s ability to solve mathematical problems. It can be seen in children as young as five.

## Pi gets all the fanfare, but other numbers also deserve their own math holidays

Pi gets a lot of attention this time of year, but there are plenty of other mathematical constants just as deserving of recognition.

## How queuing leads to city centre violence and what our research says about preventing night-time brawls

Recent research shows how the relationship between alcohol consumption, queuing and crowds can lead to violent behaviour in city centres at night.

## 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.

## Maths that will help you as an adult: from baking a cake to asking for a pay rise

Many people suffer from maths anxiety, which can make using numbers difficult.

## ‘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.

## 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.

## Limits to computing: A computer scientist explains why even in the age of AI, some problems are just too difficult

In the age of AI, people might wonder if there’s anything computers can’t do. The answer is yes. In fact, there are numerous problems that are beyond the reach of even the most powerful computers.

## Richard Price: how one of the 18th century’s most influential thinkers was forgotten

He was an important philosopher, mathematician and social reformer of his time. But Richard Price was subsequently written out of history.