Whether your little one is just learning to count to 10 or moving on to multiplication, these modern, chic prints will help him up his numbers game. From The Land of Nod, Etsy, and more, these seven number-filled prints will get your little one on the path to math genius in no time! Keep clicking to find your favorite!
Ditch the flash cards and start downloading! We've found seven math apps that will make your kiddos awesome at arithmetic. Combining learning and entertainment — the best of both worlds — division is going digital, helping your kids (quickly) succeed. Classic games like tic-tac-toe have been given a timetable twist and math ninjas will help tackle numbers. Check out a few of our favorites guaranteed to entertain your lil ones for hours on end!
To gear up for back to school, we're rounding up the best subject apps to help you get ahead and stay ahead. Thanks to the variety of apps available for every age and education level, crunching numbers doesn't have to be mind-numbing, and memorizing formulas won't feel like studying. With our five favorite math apps in your phone's arsenal, don't be surprised when the mathlete club wants you as their newest member.
- Apollonius ($4): Made for the geometry student, this app lets you make geometric constructions, such as those made using a compass and straight edge, and move their parts smoothly across your touch-screen. Great as a teaching tool, it can also be used in design work.
- MathBoard ($5): A favorite among teachers, MathBoard is the perfect teaching tool for students in kindergarten and elementary school. Teachers and parents can create quizzes, controlling the level of difficulty and length of the quiz.
- Math Bingo ($1): Ranked one of the best educational apps, Math Bingo is, you guessed it, a mathematical twist on classic bingo. Use it help with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division basics.
- Wolfram Algebra Course Assistant ($2): If you're enrolled in algebra this Fall, then Wolfram Algebra will be your new study partner. Use it to quickly solve your homework, ace your tests, and learn more complex algebra concepts. The coolest part? It helps you solve specific problems, showing you the step-by-step solution.
- Calculus Pro: Don't shed a tear doing calculus again; make this app your personal tutor with examples, tutorials, and problem-solvers for everything from partial derivatives to theorems.
For more back-to-school prep, check out our picks for the best science apps!
We already know math, as much as number haters want to hate, can make for some memorable movie story lines. Looking beyond cinematic glory, have you ever noticed the occurrences of geometry and algebra in the works of art that make up museums and count among the wonders of the world? From the pyramids of Egypt to the bracelet adorning your wrist today, prepare to have your mind blown by the way ancient math formulas are mirrored in artworks.
Calculus isn't every student's forte, but even those who are more grammar nerds than number whizzes can appreciate the inspiring talent of people that can answer complicated equations without scribbling on scratch paper or counting off on fingers and toes. We have a soft spot for movies that delve into the complicated head of math geniuses. With trademarks like frantic chalkboard formula solving and "aha!" moments of numeral clarity, these films are ideal to watch the next time you're nostalgic for algebra.
Other than some kind of push to get people interested in math, I don't know we need a National Π Day, but we have it. And, at least, the day is well chosen: March 14 (or 3/14) for the 3.14 the Greek letter represents in math. Though it may just be something we learn in prealgebra, fascination over the symbol is dotted throughout pop culture. Why pi though?
In its simplest sense, pi is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. For most of us, it never meant anything more than plugging 3.14 into math problems, but to mathematicians the number is mind-boggling because its decimal points extend to infinity. Since there are, mercifully, few unknowns in math, the sign has become synonymous with mystery, crossing over from math and science to pop culture. To see how, keep reading.
When I took my entrance exam to a Jesuit high school, the girls and boys were separated — girls on one floor, boys on the other. I dismissed it as Catholic paranoia, but it turns out the school was onto something. A new study found that women do worse on math tests after being subjected to the "male gaze."
We already know any gender gap in math is due to stereotypes ingrained into girls and women's minds. In fact, a recent study found girls and boys have nearly identical math scores in countries that emphasize gender equality. Hopefully, the stereotype will soon be history as gender equality increases around the world, and girls will never know they were supposed to be bad at math.
But what about women today? Considering the study participants were men and women, should we ask how men affect women's performance at work? Maybe it all evens out anyway.
OK. That's not an entirely fair headline, but seriously, Patricia Heaton was on Who Wants to Be a Celebrity Millionaire trying to win charity money for Sierra Leone last night. The Ohio State graduate, however, could not do basic math. I'm no mathlete either, but this is one of the most excruciating episodes of this show I've ever watched. She positively luxuriates in her refusal to figure out a simple conversion of US dollars to euros back to US coins. And her European husband (ha!) couldn't figure it out either. Start at 3:03 . . . if you dare!
Differences in math performance among girls and boys has little to do with the natural abilities of the sexes; it's all about culture. While this finding isn't shocking to a girl who's felt just as smart as her male classmates (or a girl who's struggled alongside some boys for that matter), a new study officially debunks the myth that boys are innately better at math.
The study looked at various countries around the world, and compared math performances with respective gender inequality ratings (which are based on economic opportunity, educational attainment, and other socioeconomic factors). The results revealed that male dominance in math was not universal, and that countries with greater gender inequality also had a greater gap between male and female performance in math.
So how did the US compare? American girls enjoy relatively high gender equality and, on average, do as well as boys on standardized math tests.
It looks like the numbers don't support the outdated sexist stereotype that boys are better at math.