I haven’t been blogging in forever, which I feel kind of bad about. I’m in a Master in Teaching program, though, and it turns out that grad school doesn’t leave me with an overwhelming urge to spend my spare time on the computer writing. Go figure. Anyway, I started a blog on the website I set up for students where I’ve been posting math-related stuff. I thought I’d start cross-posting it here in case any of you are interested. None of it is super high-level, since it’s for high school students, but I think a lot of it is really interesting and somewhat off-the-beaten-path. I’m just gonna post everything in this one post for now, and then from now on I’ll individually cross-post as I find things.
Remember: Only use your math powers for good
Social scientists have found that adding fake math to articles makes them more convincing. “The Nonsense Math Effect” at Washington Weekly
Math in Knitting?
Being a knitter, I had to share these sites. This isn’t the prettiest webpage, but click around and there’s a lot of really cool stuff. The Home of Mathematical Knitting shows that there is math in knitting, and that you can demonstrate really cool mathematical ideas through knitting. I love the klein, mobius and hyperbolic planes pictures. Woolly Thoughts is another math/knitting page and has a lot more pictures. I highly recommend clicking around under the Creations tab.
Math and Basketball
Math students using quadratics to model making a basket.
Google Earth, Meteors, and Math
Someone reconstructed the Chelyabinsk meteor’s path using basic geometry and algebra. (The computer skills they used were a bit more advanced, I think.) The video they used is below – they got all this information just from the shadows cast as the comet passed by. Crazy!