Elementary school students show 34% improvement in math scores December 2016 – Reassuring results come at a good time for teachers as PISA and TIMSS suggest a steady decline in mathematics across the country. A recent research report has found Matific, a new mathematics resource that is aligned to U.S. curricula, helped increase students’ math […]

# Category: Math

## Where Is The Nobel Prize For Mathematics?

There’s a myth, beloved by math teachers and professors everywhere, surrounding the conspicuous absence of a Nobel Prize for mathematics. It goes that Alfred Nobel, the award’s Swedish founder, snubbed the field after discovering his wife’s affair with mathematician Gosta Mittag-Leffler. This myth has long since been debunked by fact-checker website Snopes, which lists several […]

## Building Motivation in Math

I’m sure you have all heard a child say it before, the all-encompassing “I HATE MATH”. And now that Common Core has stepped into play, I know many teachers and parents are saying it too. According to studentsfirst.org, compared to other countries, the Untied States fail in math and science. The US placed 27th out […]

## Math is Wild: Counting and Calculation in Animals

We humans pride ourselves on our capacity for higher thinking. After all, abstract thought is what separates us from the animals – isn’t it? Not according to scientists, who are continually discovering remarkable abilities in animals allowing them to count, recognize patterns and even perform complex calculations. The “math instinct” has been observed in creatures […]

## Math Joke Of The Week – Election Edition

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## Political Scientists Need Math

Has your child campaigned for a later bedtime? Have they successfully won the right for more screentime and a longer break after school before they are forced to do their homework? Well, your child may be interested in politics, and if they steer into the direction of political science, then they definitely need math. A […]

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## How Mathematicians Could Decide The 2016 Election

Dozens of states, hundreds of Electoral College votes, thousands of primary delegates and millions of voters: the American presidential election is unquestionably a numbers game. But in 2016, the two major presidential campaigns have taken very different stances on the political power of mathematics – and it might mean the difference between Clinton and Trump […]

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## In Math, Does the Hand You Write With Count?

There are many stereotypes about left-handers. Some studies have found them to be more creative, others have found them to be more athletic, and many have suggested that their life expectancy is shorter than those who write with their right. It’s difficult to determine whether there is any truth to these ideas and now another […]