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Oscar E. Fernandez is assistant professor of mathematics at Wellesley College and is author of Everyday Calculus: Discovering the Hidden Math All around Us.

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How To Talk To Your Kids About Math (And Why You Need To)

(3) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 1:41 PM

When I started elementary school my mother, like all mothers, began asking me "what did you learn in school today?" I was always eager to share, and did. I talked about the things I was learning in all of my classes. I even remember some of those conversations -- like...

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Why You Need to Eat Pie This Saturday

(1) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 11:14 AM

Give me 3.14 minutes to explain.

This Saturday is March 14, 2015. Every March 14 the entire world comes together to celebrate Pi Day. (Yeah, right, we're lucky to get, like, five people.) The "pi" referenced here is that magic number that you may remember from math class. This...

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How Much Gold Is In An Oscar Statuette?

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2015 | 1:04 PM

At tonight's Oscars we'll no doubt see some familiar faces winning that coveted gold statuette. It's no secret that these sparkling little men aren't 100% gold--they're only coated in 24-carat gold--so that makes it harder to figure out how much gold they actually contain. Luckily math comes to...

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More Snow for Boston, Says Calculus

(0) Comments | Posted February 16, 2015 | 6:38 PM

There are still 12 days left in February, and since we've already logged the snowiest month since record-keeping began in 1872 (45.5 inches of snow... so far), every Bostonian is thinking the same thing: how much more snow will we get?

We can answer that question with math, but we...

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Why You Need to Do Something Special on Saturday

(6) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 8:45 AM

This coming Saturday is a special day. In fact, it's a once-in-a-lifetime -- 89 years, to be exact -- type of day. News agencies started writing about it last year, Las Vegas is offering special wedding packages for that day, and even Walmart is joining in...

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An Insider's Perspective on Our National Math Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 8:53 AM

There's a national crisis in math; the U.S. ranks 25th in math out of 27 countries studied by (OECD 2012), and 51 out of 144 in a recent World Economic Forum report on the quality of math education (WEF 2014). Though there are many potential drivers, there is one fundamental...

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6 Free to Low-Cost Resources to Teach You Calculus in a Fun and Interactive Way

(1) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 1:28 PM

Calculus. There, I said it. If your heart skipped a beat, you might be one of the roughly 1 million students--or the parent of one of these brave souls--that will take the class this coming school year. Math is already tough, you might have been told, and calculus is supposed...

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If Godzilla Were Real, How Much Would He Eat?

(4) Comments | Posted May 18, 2014 | 9:36 PM

The newest Godzilla is quite the beast. According to the official source, Legendary pictures, Godzilla is 355 feet tall. That's about the height of a 40-story building! It's also the tallest Godzilla yet (according to Wikizilla; yes, there are such sites). So, how much does such...

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Send Mom 'Mathematical Flowers' for Mother's Day!

(1) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 12:29 PM

Did you know that you can create beautiful flowers with an equation? Before I tell you what that equation is, let me convince you first. The picture below shows a particular graph of this equation (on the left) along with an actual flower (on the right).

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