Category Archives: math

Averages vs histograms

With graphics being so easy to add to documents these days, why don’t we show more histograms in place of the typical approach of representing very complicated data with one or two numbers (eg average and standard deviation)? Sure, if … Continue reading

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Visualizing eigenvectors

When I was in undergrad, I dutifully did all my linear algebra homework, not really understanding why. I figured, “if they want me to find a vector or two for a given matrix that satisfies M.v=lambda v , fine, I’ll do it.” … Continue reading

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Fourier analysis for non-scientists

Yesterday I went on twitter to try to get some help on teaching Fourier analysis for my sound and music class: teaching fourier theory to non-sci-Ss. Goal: that it's possible (to find freqs). not-a-goal: teach slickest way to do the … Continue reading

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Clock hands symmetry

A long time ago, Dan Meyer took to the twitter-sphere with a question: "When do the three clock hands form three 120-degree angles?" Fun problem from Bowen Kerins. — Dan Meyer (@ddmeyer) June 30, 2011 Note, it seems that … Continue reading

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Snails on a triangle

This post got its spark when I read this These challenging physics problems found by @MrHonner are awesome. — John Burk (@occam98) January 30, 2013 John had also mentioned the list in last week’s Global Physics Department meeting, and … Continue reading

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Gyroscopic precession

There have been some interesting things on the interwebs, lately, about rotation, gyroscopes, precession, and helicoptors (all of it brought to my attention, or literally done by, Derek Muller of Veritasium fame). It got me thinking about the modeling I’ve done … Continue reading

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Turntable spriograph modeling

I was inspired this weekend by this video by Robert Howsare: I’ve seen things like this before and I wanted to explore how to model this in Mathematica. It was fun to explore and it really drove home some ideas … Continue reading

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