# Archive for January, 2009

## Why East Asians do well in math

Students in East Asian countries (Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong) do better in international math tests than their Western counterparts. Why?

## IntMath Newsletter - Learning math formulas; Maria’s Story

In this Newsletter

1. Maria’s Story

2. IntMath Poll results - Why is math hard for you?

3. Math tips - Learning math formulas

4. Chinese New Year

5. From the math blog

6. Final thought - Effort and Outcomes

## Maria’s Story

Maria was a brilliant mathematician in an age when that was a problem.

## What is 0^0 equal to?

Can 0^0 possibly have 2 values? This, like a few other math "facts", turns out to be controversial.

## Obama inauguration - Oh happy day

Some thoughts on a significant day — for the world.

## Partial differentiation - what is it about?

A reader asks what partial derivatives are all about.

## Math is the best job

It’s official. Be a mathematician and enjoy the "best job in America".

## How to help students love math and pass it?

A reader from Lesotho asks how to engage math students.

## Movie: Daniel Tammet - The Boy With The Incredible Brain

## Full archive

See the blog sitemap for all previous articles.