Category Archives: Math

Newsbreaker News: Life Isn’t Always a Piece of Cake…or In This Case, a Piece of Pi

Pacific Grove High School’s Math Club braved quite a challenge on Thursday, October 12, participating in the first in a series of six thirty-five minute competitive math tests. This American Scholastic Mathematics Association (ASMA) test consisted of seven challenging free-response questions, … Continue reading

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The World Puzzle Championship is the Olympics of Logic — Would You Make the Team?

Courtesy of Curiosity.com: “Imagine training for an Olympics without stepping foot in a gym. You barely need to break a sweat. The only physical demands for these games is flipping to the back page of the newspaper and furiously scribbling … Continue reading

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A Coin Toss Is Not As Random Or Fair As It Seems

Courtesy of Curiosity.com: “Who gets the last slice of pizza? Flip a coin. On second thought…maybe not. The coin toss is a time-honored solution to indecision, but, weirdly, it’s not a truly fair method. Better just split that slice.  Imagine … 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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