Category Archives: Math

Newsbreaker News: Pi x 2 – Math Club Faces Double Trouble

Pacific Grove High School’s Math Club faced not one, but two math challenges this past week.  The Mathletes competed in the annual American Mathematics Competition (AMC) 10/12 on Wednesday, February 7th. Additionally, the club began participating in a series of … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: GCHQ is using this puzzle to recruit aspiring female spies, try it out!

Courtesy of Business Insider: “Government Communications Headquarters, the British government’s listening agency, has broadcast a puzzle to encourage prospective spies, particularly young girls, to pursue a career in the highly classified organisation. The challenge was supplied to BBC Radio 4’s “Today” … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: Can You Solve The e=8 MIT Admissions Math Problem?

Courtesy of Curiosity.com: “How well do you know PEMDAS or BODMAS? Order-of-operations problems seem to really frustrate the people of the internet, but this one from the MindYourDecisions YouTube channel may be the hardest one we’ve seen. According to the channel, this problem appeared … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: 7 Science-Backed Ways to Improve Your Memory

Courtesy of Mental Floss: “Being cursed with a bad memory can yield snafus big and small, from forgetting your gym locker combination to routinely blowing deadlines. If your New Year’s resolution was to be less forgetful in 2018, it’s time … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: Formula ‘secret of perfect voice’

Courtesy of BBC News: “Researchers say they have worked out a mathematical formula to find the perfect human voice. The study, commissioned by Post Office Telecoms, asked people to rate 50 voices then analysed the results. It found the best … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: Flatland Is a 19th-Century Tale About Higher Dimensions

Courtesy of Curiosity.com: “You live in a three-dimensional world, one where you’re free to move forward and backward, right and left, and up and down. You’re also familiar with lower dimensions: a drawing on a page is two-dimensional, for example, … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: The Butterfly Effect is Why It’s Impossible to Predict the Weather

Courtesy of Curiosity.com: “You’ve probably heard that a butterfly can flap its wings in Brazil and set off a tornado in Texas. This is known as the butterfly effect, and while it shows up in everything from metaphors for human … Continue reading

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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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