Mathematics

How to multiply matrices using a graphing calculator
By: Bennett Kalafut
Since the introduction of the legendary HP-15C, high-end electronic pocket calculators have had the capability to do matrix arithmetic, making them useful tools for computing eigenvalues and eigenvectors, solving linear systems, rotating vectors, and implementing the many algorithms that can be put into the form...
 How to multiply matrices using a graphing calculator By: Josh Komon Multiplying matrices is a part of life. At least, it is a part of life for the advanced math student. While it is terribly important to understand how to do this the old fashioned pencil and paper way, one can use a graphing calculator also...
Overview of Babylonian mathematics
By: Dyana Hepburn
As merchants plied the Mediterranean Sea they wrote down the cargo they carried in their boats. This was the beginning of the numerical system that eventually developed into the Roman, Indian, and European system we use today. It was not the brainchild of scholars but...
The role of paradox in the development of mathematics
By: Stephen Bredenkamp
The concept of Paradox is critical to the development of mathematics as paradoxes highlight those areas of our knowledge where intuition or ‘common sense’ seems to fail. The relationship of mathematics with reality has often been problematical. Mathematics has often been considered to be...
Geometry: The different kinds of polyhedrons
By: Lea Miller
Before discussing what types of polyhedrons there are, it’s necessary to define what makes a shape a polyhedron. A polyhedron is a solid with flat faces and no curves. A pyramid is a polyhedron, but a cylinder is not. Whether a shape is a...
2010 Fields Medal winners announced
By: Bill Georato
The 2010 Fields Medal Winners On August 22, 2010, the 2010 class of Fields Medal winners were announced. The Fields Medal, considered to be the “Nobel Prize” of Mathematics—the Nobel has no award in mathematics- is awarded every four years by the International...
Division by zero is it really Impossible
By: John Brown - 591004
"division", "zero", and "impossible". Mathematics vs Physics: The main difference between mathematics and physics is that in mathematics the "designer" set the rules and axioms, but in physics it seems that the rules are "fixed". Therefore, a statement like "going faster than light is impossible"...
2010 Fields Medal winners announced
By: Judith Willson
The Fields Medals are the most prestigious awards in mathematics, equivalent in some ways to the Nobel prizes. They have been awarded every four years since 1950, although the award itself was established in 1936. The medals come with cash prizes of 15,000 euros...