Category Archives: Math

Library Link of the Day: How Many Digits of Pi Do We Actually Need?

Courtesy of Curiosity.com: You’ve probably seen those memory champs who can recite thousands of digits of pi in one go. Impressive? Yes. Excessive? Hell yes. Though pi famously has an infinite number of digits (it’s irrational, after all), we certainly don’t need … Continue reading

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Compete in the Monterey County Math Competition, Signup by 3/18

We need students from IM2, IM3 and Calculus BC to compete in the Monterey County Math Competition on Saturday May 11.  If you’re interested sign up with Mrs Richmond in room B-2 by Monday, March 18.

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Library Link of the Day: The Millennium Problems Are 7 Math Problems Worth $1 Million Each

If you want to be a millionaire, there are easy ways and there are hard ways to achieve your goal. Solving any one of the Millenium Problems is a guaranteed way to earn $1 million, but it’s also probably the hardest possible … Continue reading

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STEM Scholar Graduation Stoles, 3/26

Do you qualify for a STEM Scholar stole or cord for graduation?  ANY student who has completed four years of math and four years of science courses (at least one each year) qualifies to wear a STEM cord.  Return a … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: Celebrate a Mathematic Cornerstone with Magic, Cartoons and Pie!

Courtesy of Atlas Obscura: Join Atlas Obscura and the Philosophical Research Society as we celebrate Pi Day (yes we know it’s technically the day after!) and take in a performance by the Magic Castle’s own “mathemagician” Arthur Benjamin. Then, dig into some … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: Think You’re Bad at Math? You May Suffer from “Math Trauma”

Courtesy of Curiosity.com: “I teach people how to teach math, and I’ve been working in this field for 30 years. Across those decades, I’ve met many people who suffer from varying degrees of math trauma — a form of debilitating mental shutdown … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: The 36 Officers Problem Once Confounded a Legendary Mathematician

Courtesy of Curiosity.com: “The problem seems simple enough. It goes something like this: Imagine you’re in command of an army that consists of six regiments, each containing six officers of six different ranks. Can you arrange the officers in a … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: A Coin Toss Is Not as Random 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 … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: Sorry, Immortality Is Mathematically Impossible

Courtesy of Curiosity.com: “Here’s a conundrum: Evolution is all about helping organisms produce more offspring. If a trait makes an animal more likely to die, that trait eventually disappears in favor of traits that help them live. But even if … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: Can You Find Both Correct Answers to This Math Puzzle?

Courtesy of Curiosity.com: “We love puzzles here at Curiosity: even the ones that are too hard for us. Scratch that — especially the too-hard ones. Even without getting the answer for yourself, it’s satisfying to find out the one-and-only answer to the “Hardest Logic Puzzle Ever.”But … Continue reading

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