Category Archives: Math

2017-18 Back to School Check-In

Click Here for more information: Beginning July 17th, all PGMS incoming freshmen, and returning Grades 10-12 families will need to complete their online enrollment on SchoolMint (pgusd.schoolmint.net) no later than August 1st. You can do this at home, on your … Continue reading

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Shakuntala Devi, Mathematics Prodigy

Courtesy of The New York Times “Times Machine”: “She forgot, momentarily, that she had visited the United States once before, 20 years ago, but she could give you the cube root of 188,132,517—or almost any other number —in the time … Continue reading

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UBC instructor uses math to investigate possibility of time travel

Courtesy of the University of British Columbia: “After some serious number crunching, a UBC researcher has come up with a mathematical model for a viable time machine. Ben Tippett, a mathematics and physics instructor at UBC’s Okanagan campus, recently published … Continue reading

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Mathletics Competition Results

Congratulations to the five teams that competed in Saturday’s Monterey County Mathletics Competition.  Our individual and team awards included: IM2:  Katie Hansen – Honorable Mention, Gavin Whiteside and Tanya vonGiese IM3:  Elizabeth Lee – Honorable Mention and Tyler Smithtro – … Continue reading

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Mathematics is beautiful (no, really)

Courtesy of Phys.org, a web-based science, research and technology news service owned by Omicron Technology: By Vicky Neale, “For many people, memories of maths lessons at school are anything but pretty. Yet “beautiful” is a word that I and other … Continue reading

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P = NP, Solve It, Win $1,000,000.

Courtesy of News.MIT.edu: In the 1995 Halloween episode of The Simpsons, Homer Simpson finds a portal to the mysterious Third Dimension behind a bookcase, and desperate to escape his in-laws, he plunges through. He finds himself wandering across a dark … Continue reading

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The Missing Dollar Riddle – Courtesy of Mr. Rubin

From Wikipedia.org: “Three people check into a hotel room. The clerk says the bill is $30, so each guest pays $10. Later the clerk realizes the bill should only be $25. To rectify this, he gives the bellhop $5 to … Continue reading

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Computer Science Students Teaching Robots Tai Chi

From VOANews.com: “In a computer lab at Harvey Mudd College in California (Mrs. Richmond’s Alma Mater), a small robot performs the graceful movements of tai chi, an ancient Chinese meditation exercise. Student Jane Wu writes instruction codes from a nearby … Continue reading

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Maryam Mirzakhani is the first woman to ever win the Fields Medal – known as the “Nobel Prize of mathematics”

From Stanford.edu: “Maryam Mirzakhani, a professor of mathematics at Stanford, has been awarded the 2014 Fields Medal, the most prestigious honor in mathematics. Mirzakhani is the first woman to win the prize, widely regarded as the ‘Nobel Prize of mathematics,’ … Continue reading

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Will you be the one to solve the Goldbach Conjecture? Find a number that disproves “All even numbers greater than two are the sum of two prime numbers”

Courtesy of Curiosity.com: Find a number that disproves the statement “All even numbers greater than two are the sum of two prime numbers.” “Just because every number you try works doesn’t mean Goldbach’s conjecture will hold up for every even … Continue reading

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