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Math in the Comics – part 10

From last week’s Foxtrot comic, another take at the cultural background conversation of math. Who is bad at math? At one level, a puzzle.  The top part, the part that starts with “16-11-13-5” is not a subtraction problem.  It is … Continue reading

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What is Multiplication – part V

Numbers provide a way to mark events.  This can usually be done in more than one way.  We can “slice” reality in more than one way. The picture above shows a common way to look at a single stock on … Continue reading

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Math in the Comics – part 8

Today’s Rose is Rose comic strip reveals something that’s in the cultural background about math homework: Can you name the background assumptions this comic strip makes, things that do not need to be stated explicitly for a wide audience to … Continue reading

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Math in the Comics – part 6

Today, there is a follow-up on yesterday’s Non Sequitur comic – in which Danae’s new math system is revealed: henceforth, she will start with the answer and work back to get an equation that fits the problem.  This way, she … Continue reading

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Math in the Comics – part 5

In today’s comics, there is this Non Sequitur one: Comics, to me, are interesting regardless of whether a particular one is funny, since they reveal a lot about the community and the society in which they appear.  Usually, comics make … Continue reading

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Running the Math Gauntlet

The image of someone running the gauntlet has always struck me as appropriate to much of math education. You know the image, two rows of people with sticks, and you’re supposed to walk between them. As they hit you, you … Continue reading

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