Carnival of Mathematics 114
By Murray Bourne, 11 Sep 2014
Helix Bridge and Flyer, Singapore
114 is a sphenic number (the product of 3 distinct prime numbers):
114 = 2 × 3 × 19
It's also a repdigit: 114 = 2227 (the digits repeat in the base 7 representation)
It's the 19th number in the Padovan sequence, given by the recurrence relation P(n) = P(n − 2) + P(n − 3), and where the first 3 terms are 1.
114 is an abundant number (where the sum of its proper divisors is greater than itself):
1 + 2 + 3 + 6 + 19 + 38 + 57 > 114
That's appropriate, as we have abundant posts for this, the 114th Carnival of Mathematics!
On with the show.
1. Visual math
a. The Spellbinding Mathematical GIFs Of Dave Whyte
|Now here are some animations that could be the basis for some interesting class discussion.
b. 6th meeting on Origami, Science, Math, and Education
Andrea Hawksley gives us a nice roundup of the recent meeting on Origami, Science Math and Educaion. She features some of her own work, as well as other gems that were presented.
While you're there, mouse over Andrea's name in the header of her blog. It's cute.
c. Random Walks Mural
That's logical, as it's the name of his blog! See
a. BBC Sport's Anti-Smartness Bias
b. The science at the end of the Whoniverse
In a similar vein, Gilead of "Tycho's Nose" rants about inaccuracies (or part-truths) in background equations as seen in the new Doctor Who series. See:
c. Stem and Leaf – is there a point?
Here's a rant of a different nature. Stephen Cavadino of "cavmaths" questions whether stem-and-leaf plots are a necessary part of the math curriculum. See:
3. Exploring math ideas
a. When do n and 2n have the same digits?
Mark Dominus provides us with a neat exploration of numbers that are permutations of each other. His first example is the decimal expansion of n/7.
b. The Revenge of the Perko Pair
Richard Elwes introduces us to an interesting knotty problem. It turns out this generally accepted picture is wrong... See how at:
c. Looking for Life
Antonio Sánchez Chinchón presents an R implementation of Conway's Game of Life, a cellular automaton that could support universal computation. He looks for periodic objects able to do computations in the Game Of Life. See
d. When Greedy Algorithms are Perfect: the Matroid
e. Arc length of a spiral around a paraboloid
This post, right here on "squareCircleZ", was inspired by a reader's question. He makes solar cookers for use in Africa and wanted to know how to construct the spiral length around his cookers. It's some "real-world" math that involves sustainable, cheap energy.
5. Math history
a. Look Ma, No Zero
In a lot to do about nothing, Evelyn Lamb of the Scientific American blog, recounts her journey of discovery with her students, which involved decipering Plimpton, the 4000 year-old Babylonian tablet.
So how did the Babylonians work in base 60, without 0 as a place holder?
b. How The Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built The Pyramids
So, how did the ancient Egyptians move those 2.4 million blocks, weighing up to 80 tonnes? In this Physics arXiv post, we learn:
Modifying square blocks to form dodecagons would have made them easy to roll, say physicists.
c. Greek Alphabet
|α β γ δ ε ζ||
Here's a summary of the Greek alphabet by SixWingedSeraph of Gyre&Gimble. We should spend more time on this topic in class, so students are more comfortable with this foreign script. See
"Citizen Maths is an online resource anyone can use — to discover how maths can be a powerful tool for solving those problems that come up at work and in your life."
8. Final bit
I hope you've enjoyed Mathematics Carnival #114, coming to you from Singapore.
Singapore Helix and Flyer by ensogo, accessed from http://www.ensogo.com.ph/escapes/singapore-flyer-cruise-09092012.html
BBC Sport logo, by BBC, accessed from http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/
Stem & leaf plot by ck-12.org, accessed from http://www.ck12.org/book/Basic-Probability-and-Statistics-A-Full-Course/r4/section/7.2/
Reflection, by Marcia Birken, accessed from http://alumnae.mtholyoke.edu/blog/light-motifs-marcia-birkens-images-meld-math-and-art/
All other images are from the posts to which they link. If you have any objections to their use in this manner, let me know and I'll remove them.
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