Mathematics

Average Is Over

Thirteen-year-olds saw unprecedented declines in both reading and math between 2012 and 2020, according to scores released this morning from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Consistent with several years of previous data, the...

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Teenage Test Scores Declined Pre-pandemic

(Paul Mirengoff) Data from the National Center for Education Statistics (the Center) show that test scores in both reading and math have declined for 13-year-old students. This is the first decline in half a century, according to the Center. In...

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National Teen Test Scores Slip For The First Time — And It's Not Due To Covid

The nation’s 13-year-olds are less proficient in math and reading than they were almost a decade ago, according to data collected just before the start of the pandemic and released Thursday. It's the first time these scores — gathered as part of...

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Rudn University Mathematicians Create A Model For An Inter-banking Processing Center

RUDN University mathematicians have proposed a model for a service system in which one server processes multiple request streams. Unlike analogues, new model forbids to interrupt the operating of the request, even if the time allocated for the...
Related topics: Servers

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Gnarly, Centuries-old Mathematical Quandaries Get New Solutions

A set of puzzles called Diophantine problems are often simple to state but hard to solve—though progress could have big implications for the future of mathematics -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Tesla Co-founder Warns That Automakers Going All-electric 'haven't Really Done The Math' On Supply...

Tesla co-founder and former chief technology officer J.B. Straubel recently issued a dire warning to automakers planning on going all-electric in the coming years: The math doesn't easily add up as it pertains to the supply chain.In recent months, a...
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Toward More Energy Efficient Power Converters

Researchers extend the mathematical approach called automatic differentiation from machine learning to the fitting of model parameters that describe the behavior of field-effect transistors. This allowed the parameters to be extracted up to 3.5...

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How To Understand Probability

This challenging area of mathematics can be tricky to grasp

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Hawaii Pacific University Receives $550k Stem Grant For Native Hawaiian Students

Hawaii Pacific University's Oceanic Institute recently received a $549,430 grant from the U.S. Department of Education in an effort to bolster Native Hawaiian representation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM,...

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Physics Meets Democracy In This Modeling Study

A new paper explores how the opinions of an electorate may be reflected in a mathematical model ‘inspired by models of simple magnetic systems’ A study in the journal Physica A leverages concepts from physics to model how campaign strategies...
Related topics: Physics

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Simple Mathematical Law Predicts Movement In Cities Around The World

A new model could help model disease transmission and urban planning -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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New Mathematical Tools To Study Opinion Dynamics

Research published in the SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics describes a new mathematical model for studying influence across social networks. Using tools from the field of topology, Robert Ghrist and Ph.D. graduate Jakob Hansen developed a...

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Registration Now Open For Energy Department's National Science Bowl(r)

Registration has now opened for the 32nd National Science Bowl (NSB), hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science. Thousands of students compete in the contest annually as it has grown into one of the largest, academic math and science...

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Mathematicians Solve An Old Geometry Problem On Equiangular Lines

Equiangular lines are lines in space that pass through a single point, and whose pairwise angles are all equal. Picture in 2D the three diagonals of a regular hexagon, and in 3D, the six lines connecting opposite vertices of a regular icosahedron...

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Using Math To Calculate The Path Of Cancer

Biologists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) are using a mathematical approach developed in CSHL Assistant Professor David McCandlish's lab to find solutions to a diverse set of biological problems. Originally created as a way to understand...

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How Apples Get Their Shapes

How do apples grow that distinctive shape? Now, a team of mathematicians and physicists have used observations, lab experiments, theory and computation to understand the growth and form of the cusp of an apple.
Related topics: Physics

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The Simple Code Behind Complex Natural Patterns

In the PBS series, It’s Okay to Be Smart, host Dr. Joe Hanson explains how legendary mathematician and WW II codebreaker Alan Turing discovered the code behind the most complex patterns found in nature in his 1952 paper “The Chemical...
Related topics: Scientific Discoveries

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How A Committed Minority Can Change Society

How do social conventions change? Robotic engineers and marketing scientists joined forces to study this phenomenon, combining online experiments and statistical analysis into a mathematical model that shows how a committed minority can influence...
Related topics: Robots, Marketing

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Great Apes' Consonant And Vowel-like Sounds Travel Over Distance Without Losing Meaning

Scientists have shown that orangutan call signals believed to be closest to the precursors to human language, travel through forest over long distances without losing their meaning. This throws into question the accepted mathematical model on the...

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New Insights Into Social Norms Can Drive Positive Social Changes

New Curtin research has shed light on why people adopt social norms or conventions, such as hand shaking versus fist bumping, walking on the left or right side of a footpath, or using metric or imperial measurements, by employing mathematical...

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