The Man Who Knew Infinity

There are not many movies about mathematics or mathematicians and there are even less popular movies about the subject (Good Will Hunting,  A Beautiful Mind  are a couple of examples).  So when I saw the movie “The Man Who Knew Infinity” on Netflix I eagerly watched it.  I remember seeing a picture of Srinivasa Ramanujan in my math… Continue reading The Man Who Knew Infinity

Unnecessary division limiting progress in mathematical education

When I was in school, mathematics was the king of the education world.  Few questioned its importance. Students who excelled at the subject were perceived to be “smart”, and were often praised for their work ethic as they practiced math problems from a textbook or worksheet on a daily basis . Even if many students did not fully understand why it was… Continue reading Unnecessary division limiting progress in mathematical education

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

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

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… Continue reading What high school math is all about!

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.… Continue reading Why the study of mathematics is important

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