High school algebra marks a key transition point in one’s early mathematical education, and is a common point at which students feel that mathematics becomes really difficult. One of the reasons for this is that the problem solving process for a high school algebra question is significantly more free-form than the mechanical algorithms one is [...]

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Academics / General Science : Science Daily

Both the length of time spent in hospital after birth and the use of mechanical ventilation are key indicators of reduced mathematical ability in preterm children, researchers report. Impairments in mathematic abilities are common i...

Society & Culture : Huffington Post: Impact Blog

Like many who follow research developments in high technology, I am constantly amazed at the power of science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM) to solve real-life problems -- especially problems across diverse venues a...

Academics / Mathematics : Mathematics Under the Microscope

Occasionally one comes across a mathematical text which one feels urges to quote, just for the sheer pleasure of it. What follows, apprently, was the very first appearance of algebraic notation in mathematical literature: On the Rul...

Academics / Physics : Shores of the Dirac Sea

In case you ever wondered what the most prestigious mathematical competition for high school students looks like, you get to solve 6 problems, in two sets of three problems. For each set, you get 4.5 hours of uninterrupted work, wit...

Academics / General Science : Science Daily

Hirzebruch's problem at the interface of topology and algebraic geometry has occupied mathematicians for more than 50 years. A professor of mathematics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet in Munich has now solved this problem con...

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