Economics is so basic and essential for good citizenship and good personal decisions, that it is a shame high school students can graduate without even being exposed to the subject. An article by high schooler Benjamin Auslin from Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland, makes a strong argument that understanding supply and demand, the time value of money, return on investment and the basics of personal finance are skills that would well serve the graduates and society.
This beautiful example of single point perspective is printed as a negative image digitally. The concept of a negative in math can be related to negative in photography if we think of it in terms of “opposite.” This could be a teaching aid.
Big Data could provide a big advantage to investors, but when the data is wrong or misinterpreted, it can be catastrophic.
“Credit card data sold to investors is making shares of retailers behave strangely, especially when the data gets things wrong.” So begins an article in the Wall Street Journal ‘Big Data Adds Up to Trading Distortions.’ The first example is about Tailored Brands (owner of Men’s Warehouse and Joseph A. Bank) stock that shot up nearly 40% in one day when investors realized that the data they were basing their decisions on was inaccurate.
For the full article: how-credit-card-data-might-be-distorting-retail-stocks-wsj
The U. S. Air Force Academy Chapel in Colorado Springs is an example of a very mathematical theme in architecture. Symmetry, geometry along with the theme of jet aircraft.
The following document shows how to enter and edit data on the Ti-84 and Ti-86 calculators and how to do some basic statistics with the data. More documents on this topic to follow. This is an ideal handout for teacher to stats students.
Movie directors use shapes as well as color, lighting and sound to create moods and tell stories. Triangles, circles, and squares are loaded with feelings. This short YouTube video (4 min.) describes some of the common uses of shapes to communicate with the audience beyond the conscious into the unconscious.
Once you are made aware, you will notice the use of shapes in movies to convey more than words can say.
The following two paragraphs are quotes from a fascinating article about how 3 physicists “playing” with math stumbled upon a remarkable and practical finding. The link to the whole article follows the quotes.
“A trio of British-born researchers working in the U.S. won the Nobel Prize in physics for what one of them called a curious mathematical “toy” that to his surprise revolutionized the study of exotic matter suitable for quantum computers, new superconductors, and advanced designer materials.”
” “At the time, I thought it was of scientific interest and mathematical interest, but I didn’t think it would ever find a particular realization,” said Princeton University physicist F. Duncan M. Haldane, who shared the award for theoretical experiments he had conducted in the 1980s. “I basically stumbled on this playing with mathematics.” ”
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In a recent study 20% of genetics research papers using Microsoft Excel have been found to have data errors due to improper data entry. It turns out that gene names such as SEPT2 and MARCH1 (these are actual gene name abbreviations used by scientists) get converted to dates by Excel and then result in rejected data. The problem is resolvable if the scientists would make sure the data cells were formatted as “Text,” prior to entering the data.
For the full article in the Washington Post click on the link below.
This picture was taken in a hall of the Cannon House Office Building where Representatives in Congress have their offices. The building was completed in 1908.
It is a good example of single point perspective, also known as one point perspective. For more on this subject, which overlaps math and art, go to: