Watching Christmas light shows has become a holiday tradition for many. But few stop to think of all the math that goes into these spectacular displays. Strands per Outlet or Lights per Circuit When hanging a lot of lights, you want to make sure you don’t blow a circuit! Bonfe offers this formula to help…

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## Math, Fireflies, Light Bulbs, and the Creator’s Design

Many of us have been fascinated at one time or another by tiny lights dotting the backyard on summer nights. Fireflies, lightning bugs, or whatever you call them are fascinating to watch…and perhaps try to catch. What many don’t stop to think about, however, is how amazingly designed these creatures are. Light Bulbs To better…

## Math, the Coronavirus, and the Savior

## Math at the Aquarium

My husband and I recently visited the Georgia Aquarium, and I was struck by how much math is used in caring for and describing the characteristics of sea creatures. Below are a couple of examples. I’ve tried to word them as actual problems for different ages. I hope you enjoy working through them with your…

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## Why, Oh, Why Must I Learn Math?

I recently asked some folks this question: What are you/your children’s biggest struggles in math? The responses varied (stay tuned for others in future blogs), but several voiced the same struggle: why. Knowing why you need to learn something certainly doesn’t seem like too much to expect. It’s actually a very reasonable question. As Alfred…