Hypatia Taught Conic Sections and Diophantine Equations October 17, 2013 by Mike DeHaan 1 Comment Hypatia of Alexandria was a woman mathematician who taught about conic sections and Diophantine equations. Does this math still work, centuries later? Pin38Share29+13TweetShare70 Shares

Risk Assessment for Skydiving versus Grocery Shopping July 28, 2013 by Mike DeHaan Leave a Comment Is it really more dangerous to go grocery shopping than to go skydiving? Statistics and math give our readers the answer they were looking for. Share5+11TweetSharePin6 SharesPages: 1 2

The Drake Equation Estimated the Scope of the SETI Project June 25, 2013 by Mike DeHaan Leave a Comment Is there life out there? The Drake equation and others attempt to mathematically estimate the probability of alien life based on known variables. Share5+11Pin1TweetShare7 SharesPages: 1 2 3

How to Find Pythagorean Dates for Any Year May 14, 2013 by Mike DeHaan 1 Comment You can find this year’s Pythagorean dates – dates that fit into the Pythagorean theorem – with a simple spreadsheet that finds right angle days. Share6+12Pin1TweetShare9 SharesPages: 1 2

How to Calculate Compound Interest April 16, 2013 by Mike DeHaan Leave a Comment You can use compound interest in many areas, from credit cards and loans to calculating population growth; first, you need to know how the formulas work. +11ShareTweetSharePin1 SharesPages: 1 2

How to Calculate Simple Interest: Math Calculations April 11, 2013 by Mike DeHaan Leave a Comment Calculating simple interest is really very simple, once you learn the meaning behind the math terms and formulas used in the calculations. Share3+11TweetSharePin4 SharesPages: 1 2

Cancer Research Applies a Markov Chain Monte Carlo Approach March 28, 2013 by Mike DeHaan Leave a Comment Cancer research just took a leap forward, with the application of math – namely a Markov Chain Monte Carlo approach to predicting cancer progression. Share4+11Pin1TweetShare6 SharesPages: 1 2

The Circled Square Math Problem Claims Pi Equals Four March 27, 2013 by Mike DeHaan 2 Comments Does the troll’s circle-square math cartoon accurately demonstrate that pi is closer to 4, instead of the accepted value, 3.1415… and so on? Share12+11TweetSharePin13 SharesPages: 1 2

Mythbusters Math to Compute G Forces from Falling in Bubble Wrap March 17, 2013 by Mike DeHaan Leave a Comment Can bubble wrap protect you when falling? Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters showed that it cannot, but what’s the math behind the bubble wrap myth? Share3+12TweetSharePin5 SharesPages: 1 2

How to Make a Natural Number Series of Square Numbers March 8, 2013 by Mike DeHaan Leave a Comment It’s easy to find the next number in a series of squares if you have a calculator in-hand, but what if you’re calculating on paper or in your head? Share2+1TweetSharePin2 SharesPages: 1 2