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Intuiting the Chain Rule
If you’ve just learned the chain rule but feel that you have no intuition for it, this post might help. Recall that the chain rule tells us how to compute the derivative of a composite function. Specifically, suppose and are … Continue reading
WIM Video: Pick’s Theorem
In our latest WIM Video, Depaul University Associate Professor of Mathematics Bridget Tenner discusses Pick’s theorem. The Girls’ Angle WIM Video series is the brainchild of Girls’ Angle director Elisenda Grigsby. WIM Videos are often shot on the spur of the moment … Continue reading
Posted in math, Math Education, WIM videos
Tagged area, Bridget Tenner, equilateral triangles, lattice polygons, Pick's theorem
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Do you believe this?
Here’s a triangle: I’ll use the vertex labels to also denote the corresponding angle measures. Take the sines of all 3 angles in the triangle: , , and . Would you believe it if I told you that these three … Continue reading
Posted in Contest Math, math
Tagged law of cosines, Ptolemy's theorem, similarity, sine, triangles, trigonometry
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