Math in the Comics: The Series

In this series, I have collected comic strips that reveal, whether intentionally or unintentionally, something interesting about how our culture views mathematics and mathematics learning.

Here are the entries thus far:

1 – a Foxtrot comic on solving equations.  For some learners, the formal language of mathematics gets in the way of the mathematical ideas themselves.  Paige can do the thinking, as long as it doesn’t look like math.

2 – another Foxtrot comic, this one with the two geeks.  Eating nachos, for them, recalls the Fibonacci sequence.  Fibonachos.

3 – a One Big Happy comic, in which we look at math learning the way a linguist might look at language learning.

4 – an Arlo and Janis comic, we look at an effect of over-quantifying something.

5 – a Non Sequitur comic on mathematics and authority.

6 – a follow-up on the previous Non Sequitur comic, and the role of math in always being right.

7 – from a One Big Happy comic, an account on the history of ideas, the logic of attribution and the logic of intellectual inheritance.

8 – a Rose is Rose comic on math homework.  What could possibly be funny about math homework?  The bad reaction you had to math in school does not need to be a permanent condition.

9 – a Dilbert comic reveals something about smiting somebody with math spells.

10 – a Foxtrot comic on math for geeks and math for other minority groups.

About Bert Speelpenning is my blog on math learning and math teaching. My background is in the high-tech computer software industry (I've got a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Illinois) and worked for Hewlett Packard, Silicon Graphics, Borland and finally for Microsoft till I left in 2000. I have since worked in the area of math learning, with students (7-9th grade) and teachers (elementary school level). I own an independent educational consulting business called Math Partners.
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