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Monthly Archives: December 2012
George, Martha, and Me
Warning: No math and slight reference to teaching. I just wanted to get this off my chest. My favorite play and minor obsession is Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee. A new Broadway production got rave “don’t miss” reviews … Continue reading
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My Visit to the Math Museum
I made a flash trip to New York City to see my favorite play, twice, (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf). The MoMath Museum of Mathematics had opened a few days before, so I walked down Broadway to take a look. … Continue reading
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Not “Why Algebra?” But “What Algebra?”
The struggling student’s question, “Why do I have to study algebra?” has escalated to the New York Times. My response: Of course you need to take algebra – some algebra. Every effective modern person needs to know certain mathematical concepts the … Continue reading
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Rationalizing the Denominator
Imagine you have never seen a root sign, , in your life.Consider the problem: . This means that for some reason you want the denominator to have only integer exponents. So . If we start with , then and even if we … Continue reading
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