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Mathematical Thinking

Let's Get Real About Math Word Problems

Dr. Keith Devlin | Posted 12.01.2014 | Education
Dr. Keith Devlin

OK, here is a math word problem for you: How many different ways can you arrange five keys on a circular ring?

A Common Core Math Problem With a Hint

Dr. Keith Devlin | Posted 07.22.2014 | Education
Dr. Keith Devlin

Ironically, confusion of the CCSS with methods for testing mathematical proficiency is a prime example of the kind of imprecise thinking that the CCSS intend to rectify.

All the Math Taught at University Can Be Outsourced. What Now?

Dr. Keith Devlin | Posted 05.23.2012 | Education
Dr. Keith Devlin

Every mathematical skill, procedure, or technique I learned over six years at university is now essentially obsolete from a US market perspective. If we cannot compete, then we need to play a different game.