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Monthly Archives: July 2012
The Number Plane
If you’ve got an adventurous spirit and are happy not knowing where things may be going, I suggest skipping the blue paragraph and going straight to The Number Line. We present a geometric approach to introducing complex numbers. The approach … Continue reading
Posted in math, Math Education
Tagged complex numbers, geometry, number plane, parallelogram law, similarity, square root of 1
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Happy Pi Day!
No, it’s not March 14. But it is July 22, and that’s the day Girls’ Angle likes to celebrate Pi Day. Why?
Posted in math, Math Education
Tagged July 22, March 14, pi, poetry, Wislawa Szymborska
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Uneasy about math competitions for girls
[This post was contributed by Lauren McGough, Girls’ Angle mentor, advisor, and treasurer. She just graduated from MIT and will be entering Princeton’s doctoral program in physics this fall.] Last October, I was at the annual Girls’ Angle Chocolate Soirée, … Continue reading
Posted in gender issues, Math Education
Tagged math competitions, math education for girls
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An Amusing Determinant
A student and I were playing with determinants recently and we stumbled upon an amusing one. I have a very strong feeling that this must have been stumbled upon many times in the past so we’re making no claim to … Continue reading
Posted in math
Tagged binomial coefficients, determinants, linear algebra, matrices, Pascal's triangle
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“Parabolas of Apollonius?” Spoiler
This is an answer to the question posed in Parabolas of Apollonius? which was inspired by Maria Monk’s blogpost on the Circles of Apollonius.
Posted in math
Tagged angles, complex function, complex plane, conformal, geometry, parabolas, perpendicular
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Parabolas of Apollonius?
This question is inspired by Maria Monks’ blog post on the Circles of Apollonius. Pictured above are some parabolas from two families of parabolas. The Blue Family is given by the parabolas , for . The Red Family is given … Continue reading
Girls’ Angle Bulletin, Volume 5, Number 5
Counting problems seem to keep popping up at Girls’ Angle lately. That’s why we included Shravas Rao’s introduction to permutations and combinations in the last issue of the Bulletin, and that’s why you’ll find a 2 page Summer Fun problem … Continue reading
Posted in math, Math Education
Tagged Amelia Earhart, combinatorics, Girls' Angle Bulletin, Jean Pedersen, logarithms, math problems, sums of powers, tennis, TIGHAR
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