What in the Blazes Is Going On With These Graphs?

Can you make sense of this?

The blue line shows the ten-year trend in the marriage rate in Mississippi. The orange line represents how much milk we consume in the United States.

Uncanny, huh?

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To Those Students Who Wonder: “When Am I Ever Going to Use This In Life?”

Jason Rosenhouse (below), a professor at James Madison University (and author of some excellent math books), spoke at the graduation ceremony for JMU’s College of Science and Mathematics over the weekend and his speech is one of the best I’ve ever read.

He gets right to the heart of the question math teachers (and most others, I’m sure) hear all the time: When are we ever going to use this in life?

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David Barton: More Christians Died for Their Faith in 2013 Than the Previous 2,000 Years Combined. The Math Disagrees

We already know Christian pseudo-historian David Barton‘s research skills are as strong as his math skills, which is to say they’re both awful.

In his latest math blunder (a “faux pi”?), Barton claimed on his radio show “WallBuilders Live” that more Christians were killed last year than the previous 2,000 years combined!

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About That ‘Common Core’ Math Problem Making the Rounds on Facebook…

Over the past week, I’ve seen this image multiple times on Facebook and elsewhere, a supposed denunciation of the Common Core version of math that kids are now learning:

That picture is especially popular on conservatives’ Facebook walls… and I’m sure one of your relatives has said something about it, too.

On the surface, it seems ridiculous. The top makes sense; the bottom is silly; screw you, Common Core!

Except that the top doesn’t make sense, the bottom does, and the connection to Common Core is completely misunderstood. (Says this math teacher.)

Here’s what’s going on:

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Why Run a 5K When You Can Run a Pi K?

The Illinois Science Council is sponsoring a Pi Day Pi K run — and I can’t resist posting about a run that’s not 3.1 miles like your typical 5K, but 3.14 miles instead!

Tickets for the March 14 run in Chicago are $25 and include a t-shirt and post-run party. Sign up before the slots are taken!

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