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Reading the Comics, March 28, 2020: Closing A Week Edition
https://nebusresearch.wordpress.com/2020/04/05/reading-the-comics-march-28-2020-closing-a-week-edition/
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https://nebusresearch.wordpress.com/2020/04/03/reading-the-comics-march-25-2020-regular-old-mathematics-mentions-edition/
https://nebusresearch.wordpress.com/2020/04/03/reading-the-comics-march-25-2020-regular-old-mathematics-mentions-edition/#commentsFri, 03 Apr 2020 18:00:46 +0000http://nebusresearch.wordpress.com/?p=7381Continue reading "Reading the Comics, March 25, 2020: Regular Old Mathematics Mentions Edition"]]>https://nebusresearch.wordpress.com/2020/04/03/reading-the-comics-march-25-2020-regular-old-mathematics-mentions-edition/feed/2nebusresearchMarcus, signalling a pitch: 'Two ... plus ... two ... minus .. one ... point ... three ... ' Jason, to Peter: 'If teams want to steal our signals, they're welcome to try.' Marcus: 'Can I just use a slash for 'divided by'?'.Man wrapped in flame, standing before God: 'Oh, come on! Grant me that I was within an order of magnitude of believing in the correct number of deities!'The Playful Math Education Blog Carnival #136
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https://nebusresearch.wordpress.com/2020/03/31/the-playful-math-education-blog-carnival-136/#commentsTue, 31 Mar 2020 18:00:59 +0000http://nebusresearch.wordpress.com/?p=7375Continue reading "The Playful Math Education Blog Carnival #136"]]>https://nebusresearch.wordpress.com/2020/03/31/the-playful-math-education-blog-carnival-136/feed/1nebusresearchPlayful Math Education Blog Carnival banner, showing a coati dressed in bright maroon ringmaster's jacket and top hat, with multiplication and division signs sitting behind atop animal-training podiums; a greyscale photograph audience is in the far background.One last call for the Playful Math Education Blog Carnival
https://nebusresearch.wordpress.com/2020/03/29/one-last-call-for-the-playful-math-education-blog-carnival/
https://nebusresearch.wordpress.com/2020/03/29/one-last-call-for-the-playful-math-education-blog-carnival/#commentsSun, 29 Mar 2020 18:00:09 +0000http://nebusresearch.wordpress.com/?p=7372Continue reading "One last call for the Playful Math Education Blog Carnival"]]>https://nebusresearch.wordpress.com/2020/03/29/one-last-call-for-the-playful-math-education-blog-carnival/feed/6nebusresearchReading the Comics, March 21, 2020: Pragmatic Calculations Edition
https://nebusresearch.wordpress.com/2020/03/27/reading-the-comics-march-21-2020-pragmatic-calculations-edition/
https://nebusresearch.wordpress.com/2020/03/27/reading-the-comics-march-21-2020-pragmatic-calculations-edition/#respondFri, 27 Mar 2020 18:00:28 +0000http://nebusresearch.wordpress.com/?p=7365Continue reading "Reading the Comics, March 21, 2020: Pragmatic Calculations Edition"]]>https://nebusresearch.wordpress.com/2020/03/27/reading-the-comics-march-21-2020-pragmatic-calculations-edition/feed/0nebusresearchKid: 'A number is divisible by 3 if the sum of its digits is divisible by 3. But what if the number is so big there's too many digits to add up easily?' Frazz: 'If it's that big, the 1 or 2 left over isn't going to matter much.' Kid: 'Why don't they teach THAT kind of math more in school?' Frazz: 'I guess there's only jobs for so many songwriters, cartoonists, and janitors.'Speaker at a podium: 'If one person kills someone, 50% of the people involved are victims. If 99 people kill someone, 1% of the people involved are victims. The percent of victims is given by V = the limit of K/x as x approachs infinity, where K is people killed and x is the number of people killed. Thus, for sufficiently large x, murder is a victimless crime. So, the bigger we make a war, the more ethical it becomes!'Mamet: 'I figure I have about 14,000 remaining days of life. So what's the big deal if I want to spend ONE of those days goofing off? That still leaves me with 13,00 days!' Cobb: 'Maybe you could spend a couple of those days learning math.' Mamet: 'Wait, make that 12,000. I'll need one day to PLAN the goof-off day.'Reading the Comics, March 17, 2020: Random Edition
https://nebusresearch.wordpress.com/2020/03/25/reading-the-comics-march-17-2020-random-edition/
https://nebusresearch.wordpress.com/2020/03/25/reading-the-comics-march-17-2020-random-edition/#commentsWed, 25 Mar 2020 18:00:26 +0000http://nebusresearch.wordpress.com/?p=7359Continue reading "Reading the Comics, March 17, 2020: Random Edition"]]>https://nebusresearch.wordpress.com/2020/03/25/reading-the-comics-march-17-2020-random-edition/feed/6nebusresearchSue: 'So, Roy, what big fun did you and Kathy have for Pi Day this year?' Roy, caught by surprise, freezes, and then turns several colors in succession before he starts to cry. Ed, to Sue: 'Hard to say which is worse for him, that you forgot, or that you remembered.'Quiz: 'Many lives in Los Angeles. Todd lives in Boston. They plan to meet in St Louis, which is 1,825 miles from Los Angeles and 1,192 miles from Boston. If Mandy takes a train travelling a constant 80 mph and Todd drives a car at a constant 55 mph, which of them will reach St Lous first?' Nate's answer: 'That depends. Who ARE these people? Are they a couple? Is this romance? If it is, wouldn't Todd drive way faster than 55 mph? He'd be all fired up to see Many, right? And wouldn't Mandy take a plane and get to St Louis in like three hours? Especially if she hasn't seen Todd in a while? But we don't know how long since they've been together because you decided not to tell us! Plus anything can happen while they're traveling. What if Todd stops for gas and the cashier is a total smoke show and he's like, Mandy Who? I can't answer until I have some real intel on these people. I can't believe you even asked the question.' Out loud, 'Also, Todd and Mandy are dorky names.' Teacher: 'This isn't what I meant by show your work.'Cow: 'What're you doing?' Billy: 'I'm devising a system to win the lottery! Plugging in what I know about chaos theory and numerical behavior in nonlinear dynamical systems should give me the winning picks.' (Silent penultimate panel.) Cow: 'You're just writing down a bunch of numbers.' Billy: 'Maybe.'T-Rex: 'Dromiceiomimus, pick a number between one and a hundred thousand million.' Dromiceiomimus: '17?' T-Rex: 'Gasp! That's the number I was thinking of!' Dromiceiomimus: 'Great! Do I win something?' T-Rex: 'You just came out on a one in a hundred thousand million chance and you want a prize? It's not enough to spit in the face of probability itself?' Utahraptor: 'It's not THAT unlikely she'd chose your number. We're actually pretty bad at random number generation and if you ask folks to pick a number in a range, some choices show up more often than others. It's not that unlikely you'd both land on the same number!' T-Rex: 'But *I* didn't choose 17 randomly! It's ... the number of times I have thought about ice cream today, I'm not even gonna lie.'Reading the Comics, March 20, 2020: Running from the Quiz Edition
https://nebusresearch.wordpress.com/2020/03/22/reading-the-comics-march-20-2020-running-from-the-quiz-edition/
https://nebusresearch.wordpress.com/2020/03/22/reading-the-comics-march-20-2020-running-from-the-quiz-edition/#commentsSun, 22 Mar 2020 18:00:04 +0000http://nebusresearch.wordpress.com/?p=7351Continue reading "Reading the Comics, March 20, 2020: Running from the Quiz Edition"]]>https://nebusresearch.wordpress.com/2020/03/22/reading-the-comics-march-20-2020-running-from-the-quiz-edition/feed/1nebusresearchReading the Comics, March 14, 2020: Pi Day Edition
https://nebusresearch.wordpress.com/2020/03/19/reading-the-comics-march-14-2020-pi-day-edition/
https://nebusresearch.wordpress.com/2020/03/19/reading-the-comics-march-14-2020-pi-day-edition/#respondThu, 19 Mar 2020 18:00:42 +0000http://nebusresearch.wordpress.com/?p=7348Continue reading "Reading the Comics, March 14, 2020: Pi Day Edition"]]>https://nebusresearch.wordpress.com/2020/03/19/reading-the-comics-march-14-2020-pi-day-edition/feed/0nebusresearchGracie, to her father: 'If I had $1.39 for every time I've struggled with a mathematics problem ... I'd have ... ' (She taps on a calculator) '6.23 cents.'An anthropomorphic pi at a laptop, facing a web page demanding, 'Enter your full name'. It's gotten through 26 digits past the decimal.At the ATM, a pie with arms enters a pin. An onlooking doughnut says '3.14? Please tell me that's not really your pin.'Loose sketch of Albert Einstein, accompanied by the quote, 'Only two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former', along with a note wishing him a happy birthday.How February 2020 Treated My Mathematics Blog
https://nebusresearch.wordpress.com/2020/03/18/how-february-2020-treated-my-mathematics-blog/
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https://nebusresearch.wordpress.com/2020/03/15/reading-the-comics-march-11-2020-half-week-edition/
https://nebusresearch.wordpress.com/2020/03/15/reading-the-comics-march-11-2020-half-week-edition/#commentsSun, 15 Mar 2020 18:00:41 +0000http://nebusresearch.wordpress.com/?p=7335Continue reading "Reading the Comics, March 11, 2020: Half Week Edition"]]>https://nebusresearch.wordpress.com/2020/03/15/reading-the-comics-march-11-2020-half-week-edition/feed/1nebusresearchVenn Diagram with two bubbles. The left is 'Day after Daylight Savings [sic] Start'; the right is 'Monday'. The intersection has an arrow from it pointing to a travel cup of coffee.Eulogy strip, as drawn by the baby, celebrating Katherine Johnson, NASA mathematician 1918 - 2020. It shows a child's drawing of her, and of a Mercury capsule, with formulas describing a ballistic trajectory making the motion trail of the capsule.Teacher: 'All right, class, please take out your math books!' Todd: 'Teacher, this isn't gonna be fractions, is it?' Teacher: 'No, Todd, no fractions.' Todd: 'Whewwww!' Teacher: 'Now listen carefully, class. Train A leaves Chicago at 7:00 am, and ... ' (Todd, screaming in panic, runs out crashing through the wall and over the horizon.)