Monthly Archives: February 2012

Algebra is pain!

Long, twisted story that starts with Polyphemus, the cyclops.  I wasn’t sure if Polyphemus meant anything.  Polynomial means many names…polygon means any side…Polypocket means a little tiny doll with a world all to herself.  Polyphemus?  Wouldn’t it be eye-ronic if … Continue reading

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Rotational Symmetry at church

I wonder how many people noticed this.  Or how many people would notice this, given an hour of exposure on any given Sunday.  I know of at least one (me). The first two are pictures of the bulletin.  Notice the … Continue reading

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Ginger…the least rational of all roots

I got a tablecloth the other day, and it is one on which I can draw with fabric markers, and said cloth will become clean.  I guess this is true of a lot of things, but it’s not every day … Continue reading

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Disturbing, not surprising…

Ah good…at least it’s not just me. Chaperoned a field trip with the freshmen to a community college today.  Granted, they have an “open admissions” policy, so anyone with a high school diploma applying to the school gets accepted.  The … Continue reading

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Grocery Store Math

Not the normal “how much will it be after tax?” or “which is the better deal?” questions.  No, I was standing in line at the deli counter…a pound of ham.  She put it on the scale and it was 0.96 … Continue reading

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Went to a big c…

Went to a big chain bookstore today, just because I like to read (I actually just went to buy ink at the office supply store next-door.  I have more math literature (not textbooks) than the bookstore does!

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Synthetic Division

So how is it that synthetic division was a nightmare, and when I put up a division problem, nobody can do it.  But when I ask “is (x-2) a factor of (x^4 – 2x^3 + 3x^2 – 5x + 4)?” … Continue reading

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