March 14 (i.e., 3/14) is also known as Pi Day. Pi, which begins 3.14, is a number that has long fascinated people, as it keeps going and going and going. In other words, it’s a number we can’t even fully describe, yet at the same time, it’s useful in an amazing number of situations (including…

# Category: Practical Ideas

## Super Bowl, Super Football Math

## Spiders, Math, & the Creator

It’s hard to watch a spider spinning its web without being awed at how carefully he engineers something so fragile, yet so strong. When we look at spider webs using math, the awe simply compounds. Did you know that “the spider web is actually comprised of numerous radii, a logarithmic spiral (given by the polar…

## Math and Traveling (Includes Word Problems)

## 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…

## Back-to-School Math Encouragement and Free Resources

## Math All Around: Garden Hoses and Circumferences

Garden hoses–they’re a common summer sight. But have you ever wondered whether your hose would reach the flower bed on the other side of the driveway…and wanted to find the answer without having to unwind the hose? Assuming your hose is wound up in circles, you can use math to find the approximate length of…

## It’s Square Root Day!

## Math and the Presidential Primaries

## Math and Chocolate

Math and chocolate–since those are two of my favorite words, imagine my joy when I came across the news that a University College London (UCL) student had been exploring the math behind chocolate fountains. Notice how the chocolate in a chocolate fountain doesn’t flow straight down–it curves slightly inward at each tier. The research–which involved…