By: Kerry Kauffman
A fraction is a ratio between two integers and also represents division. The top number of a fraction is called the numerator and the bottom number is called the denominator. The fraction 2/10 is read as 2 tenths and is the same as taking 2...
By: Janet Grischy
Mathematics is independent of experience. "How can it be that mathematics, being after all a product of human thought which is independent of experience, is so admirably appropriate to the objects of reality?" So Albert Einstein said. He, of course, had degrees in both...
What is Xeno's Paradox?
By: Dan Hiland - 512667
While I’ve never been much of a fan of mathematics, there are times when it has its uses. Take for example the measuring cup or the yardstick. Without the discovery and development of a numbering system, mankind would never have come up with the...
The Euler-Mascheroni constant
By: Josh Myer
The Euler-Mascheroni Constant, typically written as the letter γ (a lowercase Greek gamma) is a constant found in many places in number theory and analysis. It can be defined as the limit as n goes to infinity of the sum, k equals one to n...
Overview of historic mathematicians
By: Kevin Thalersmith
If God spoke a language, it would be mathematics. Ever since the Ancient Greeks started to analyze the world around them, humanity has used numbers to describe the world around them. Mathematics has grown in leaps and bounds to the point where today many theories...
An overview of cardinal, ordinal and nominal numbers
By: D. Victor
There are some who believe that a number is just a number—no big deal. However, numbers are quite fascinating and diverse. Indeed, one can classify numbers in several ways. Cardinal, ordinal and nominal numbers are common number types that we come across in our...
Cardinal and ordinal numbers: Why the millennium began on January 1 2001
By: D. Victor
On New Year's Eve, December 1999, many persons were on the countdown to the new millennium. Others contended that the new millennium would not begin until January 1 2001. To this day, there are many who do not know the truth and facts about this...
Can you Divide by 0
By: Hunter J.
Ah zero, such an interesting number. A number even today we do not know much about. One of the most popular questions asked today of course is: Is it really impossible for something to be divided by zero? My answer is, yes it is. To...
Difference between rational and irrational numbers
By: Brian Dodson
In a sense, the difference between rational and irrational numbers is a simple one: a rational number can be expressed as the quotient of two integers, and an irrational number cannot. For example, 10 3/16 can be written as 163/16. What is not immediately clear...
What is a bad statistical graph?
By: Magda DH
You know the one about lies, damn lies and statistics? The famous Mark Twain quip remains as valid today as it was in his time, and possibly even more so. Statistical, or pseudo-statistical data abound in the media, books and on the Internet and graphs...

 

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