Do the statistics prove that Stephen Curry is a three point shooting genius?

It was one of the best highlights of the 2015 – 2016 NBA season.  February 27 2016, Golden State vs Oklahoma, 4 seconds left in the overtime … game tied, 118 – 118.  Golden State guard and league MVP Stephen Curry dribbles the ball up court along the left side.  Three point three seconds left … Curry reaches half court.     Two point nine seconds … Curry has taken about two steps past the half court line (about 10 feet behind the three-point line and about 33 feet from the basket) and decides he is close enough to the basket to…

How the Pythagorean Theorem says the Blue Jays will win the American League East Division!

I’ll bet you might still remember the Pythagorean Theorem from grade 9 math class.  You know the one that related the sides of the any right angle triangle with a2 + b2 = c2, where c is the “hypotenuse” while a & b are the lengths of the other two sides.  You’ve probably even know how to use it to solve “find the length of the missing side” problems.  What you may not know is that it is actually able to help you make remarkably accurate predictions about how many games a baseball team will win based on how many…

What high school math is all about!

Relationships are a huge part of the secondary school experience.  You form all sorts of relationships with people in your school.  In English class you study Romeo and Juliet, in social science classes you often learn about Canada’s relationship with other countries, in health class you learn about the human body’s relationship to diet and nutrition.  Math class is no different, we learn about relationships between variables.  Steven Strogatz mathematics professor at Cornell University and author of “The Joy of x” says that high school level math essentially involves one of two activities, solving equations and working with formulas.   The…

Why the study of mathematics is important

“When am I ever going to use this in REAL life?” is a question many math teachers get asked (especially when a student is struggling to get the concept being taught). Another common question is “why are we learning this?” Of the two questions I believe that “why are we learning this” is much fairer. To answer “when am I ever going to use this in real life” is difficult, because depending on what you end up doing for a living you may never actually use what we are learning in class. For example if you end up being a…