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en-usPhys.org internet news portal provides the latest news on science including: Physics, Nanotechnology, Life Sciences, Space Science, Earth Science, Environment, Health and Medicine.Using math to make GuinnessIf you ever read public health research, you've probably encountered the term "Student's t-test," or just "t-test." The experimenters will do this magical test, and suddenly conclude that everything is awesome. But even when you're familiar with the t-test and what it does, very little thought goes into where this came from, or who came up with it. Well, today I'm going to tell you the origins of this staple of public health research.
http://phys.org/news/2015-07-math-guinness.html
Mathematics Wed, 29 Jul 2015 08:40:02 EDTnews357376585Math key factor in career fields where women are underrepresentedMath – not college faculty's belief that female students lack brilliance – points to why fewer women are in STEM fields, research at the University of Kansas shows.
http://phys.org/news/2015-07-math-key-factor-career-fields.html
Social Sciences Fri, 24 Jul 2015 07:30:03 EDTnews356941193Researchers develop math model to determine greatness of cities(Phys.org)—A team of life scientists and mathematicians at Imperial College in London has created a series of formulas that together allow for determining what they deem the greatness of a city. In their paper published in Journal of the Royal Society Interface, the team describes the factors they consider to be critical in judging the greatness of a city and the formulas they developed to create a model.
http://phys.org/news/2015-07-math-greatness-cities.html
Mathematics Wed, 15 Jul 2015 09:50:01 EDTnews356169971Don't freak if you can't solve a math problem that's gone viralIt's been quite a year for mathematics problems on the internet. In the last few months, three questions have been online everywhere, causing consternation and head-scratching and blowing the minds of adults worldwide as examples of what kids are expected to know these days.
http://phys.org/news/2015-06-dont-freak-math-problem-viral.html
Mathematics Thu, 25 Jun 2015 11:00:01 EDTnews354444834Men think they are maths experts, therefore they areJust because more men pursue careers in science and engineering does not mean they are actually better at math than women are. The difference is that men think they are much better at math than they really are. Women, on the other hand, tend to accurately estimate their arithmetic prowess, says Shane Bench of Washington State University in the U.S., leader of a study in Springer's journal Sex Roles.
http://phys.org/news/2015-06-men-maths-experts.html
Social Sciences Tue, 23 Jun 2015 13:02:48 EDTnews354283358What makes a math person? Interest, recognition are key factors, researchers sayYou're either a math person or you're not – at least that's what we've always heard.
http://phys.org/news/2015-06-math-person-recognition-key-factors.html
Social Sciences Wed, 17 Jun 2015 09:20:04 EDTnews353749712Beliefs about innate talent may dissuade students from STEM"It's OK – not everyone can do difficult math."
http://phys.org/news/2015-06-beliefs-innate-talent-dissuade-students.html
Social Sciences Wed, 10 Jun 2015 08:10:01 EDTnews353140771How mathematics reveals the nature of the cosmosLet us discuss the very nature of the cosmos. What you may find in this discussion is not what you expect. Going into a conversation about the universe as a whole, you would imagine a story full of wondrous events such as stellar collapse, galactic collisions, strange occurrences with particles, and even cataclysmic eruptions of energy. You may be expecting a story stretching the breadth of time as we understand it, starting from the Big Bang and landing you here, your eyes soaking in the photons being emitted from your screen. Of course, the story is grand. But there is an additional side to this amazing assortment of events that oftentimes is overlooked; that is until you truly attempt to understand what is going on. Behind all of those fantastic realizations, there is a mechanism at work that allows for us to discover all that you enjoy learning about. That mechanism is mathematics, and without it the universe would still be shrouded in darkness. In this article, I will attempt to persuade you that math isn't some arbitrary and sometimes pointless mental task that society makes it out to be, and instead show you that it is a language we use to communicate with the stars.
http://phys.org/news/2015-06-mathematics-reveals-nature-cosmos.html
Mathematics Mon, 08 Jun 2015 09:00:01 EDTnews352970459Online survey researchers should be cautious with trick questionsNew studies suggest that researchers should be careful with setting "trap" questions for respondents for the sake of accurate research.
http://phys.org/news/2015-05-online-survey-cautious.html
Social Sciences Wed, 27 May 2015 07:40:05 EDTnews351930564How reading comprehension can boost math scoresHigh school students who want to ace the math section of the ACT should brush up on their reading skills, according to an Ohio University study.
http://phys.org/news/2015-05-comprehension-boost-math-scores.html
Social Sciences Thu, 07 May 2015 09:40:01 EDTnews350206893Stereotypes lower math performance in women, but effects go unrecognizedA new study from Indiana University suggests that gender stereotypes about women's ability in mathematics negatively impact their performance. And in a significant twist, both men and women wrongly believe those stereotypes will not undermine women's math performance—but instead motivate them to perform better.
http://phys.org/news/2015-03-stereotypes-math-women-effects-unrecognized.html
Social Sciences Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:46:13 EDTnews346617961Mathematicians solve 60-year-old problemA team of researchers, led by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute professor Yuri Lvov, has found an elegant explanation for the long-standing Fermi-Pasta-Ulam (FPU) problem, first proposed in 1953, investigated with one of the world's first digital computers, and now considered the foundation of experimental mathematics.
http://phys.org/news/2015-03-mathematicians-year-old-problem.html
Mathematics Mon, 23 Mar 2015 15:00:01 EDTnews346333776Simple equation: Moms talking math to preschoolers equals knowledgeable kidsPreschool children improve their math skills when their mothers talk to them about math during meal times.
http://phys.org/news/2015-03-simple-equation-moms-math-preschoolers.html
Social Sciences Fri, 20 Mar 2015 07:40:02 EDTnews346054053Bright but disadvantaged students are less likely to take university-favored coursesBright but disadvantaged students are far less likely to take the subjects favoured by Russell Group universities than their more advantaged counterparts, according Oxford University research.
http://phys.org/news/2015-03-bright-disadvantaged-students-university-favored-courses.html
Social Sciences Wed, 18 Mar 2015 07:40:01 EDTnews345882269Going full circle for math and pastries on a special Pi DaySaturday is the day when love of math and a hankering for pastry come full circle. Saturday is Pi Day, a once-in-a-year calendar date that this time squares the fun with a once-in-a-century twist.
http://phys.org/news/2015-03-full-circle-math-pastries-special.html
Mathematics Fri, 13 Mar 2015 13:00:01 EDTnews345469079Math model helps explain how conformity works(Phys.org)—A pair of anthropologists has come up with a math model to help better understand individual conformity and how it relates to groups and societies as a whole. In their paper published in Royal Society Open Science, Paul Smaldino and Joshua Epstein with Johns Hopkins University describe the mathematical model they created to help show why it is that so often those who attempt to look or behave differently, wind up looking or behaving the same as others—the so-called hipster paradox.
http://phys.org/news/2015-03-math-conformity.html
Social Sciences Wed, 11 Mar 2015 08:30:02 EDTnews345275327High school study in maths declining among prospective teachersMaths and science participation among New South Wales HSC students has declined starkly over the past decade, which in turn is leading to fewer teachers with this crucial background for their work in schools, according to new research.
http://phys.org/news/2015-02-high-school-maths-declining-prospective.html
Social Sciences Mon, 16 Feb 2015 08:00:01 EDTnews343293911Students most effectively learn math working on problems that they enjoy, not drills or exercisesStudents learn math best when they approach the subject as something they enjoy, according to a Stanford education expert. Speed pressure, timed testing and blind memorization pose high hurdles in the youthful pursuit of math.
http://phys.org/news/2015-01-students-effectively-math-problems-drills.html
Social Sciences Fri, 30 Jan 2015 07:20:01 EDTnews341820425New study utilizes Kinect for Windows technology to teach elementary school students geometryPicture this: a classroom full of 9-year-olds are up and moving around, contorting their bodies and waving their arms. But it's not gym period or even music class getting them moving—these kids are learning math.
http://phys.org/news/2015-01-kinect-windows-technology-elementary-school.html
Mathematics Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:51:47 EDTnews341502690More pupils would study maths if told of increased earning potentialMore school pupils would choose to study maths at A-level if they were given better information about potential earnings, new research shows.
http://phys.org/news/2014-12-pupils-maths-told-potential.html
Social Sciences Fri, 12 Dec 2014 10:10:04 EDTnews337599162It doesn't add up: People who say they are good at math, but aren'tThinking you're good at math and actually being good at it are not the same thing, new research has found.
http://phys.org/news/2014-12-doesnt-people-good-math.html
Social Sciences Tue, 09 Dec 2014 16:37:48 EDTnews337365459LEGO bricks build better mathematiciansA study carried out by the University of Derby has found that LEGO plays a vital role in the development of maths skills in children.
http://phys.org/news/2014-11-lego-bricks-mathematicians.html
Social Sciences Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:40:01 EDTnews336333734Blink, point, solve an equation: Introducing PhotoMath"Ma, can I go now? My phone did my homework." PhotoMath, from the software development company MicroBlink, will make the student's phone do math homework. Just point the camera towards the mathematical expression, and PhotoMath displays a result. The PhotoMath app solves equations using the camera on an iOS or Windows phone and will be available for Android early next year. More important, PhotoMath is not just a camera-based calculator. Its value is not just in giving the phone user the answer but in being able to display the solution in steps taken to solve the problem. The user can understand the process that was used to solve the problem.
http://phys.org/news/2014-10-equation-photomath.html
Software Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:21:28 EDTnews333210060Maximising ATARs: Why studying maths doesn't add upThe percentage of students taking intermediate or advanced mathematics at school has declined significantly. Why is this happening and why does it matter?
http://phys.org/news/2014-10-maths-doesnt.html
Social Sciences Fri, 10 Oct 2014 07:54:25 EDTnews332146443Unintended consequences: More high school math, science linked to more dropoutsAs U.S. high schools beef up math and science requirements for graduation, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have found that more rigorous academics drive some students to drop out.
http://phys.org/news/2014-08-unintended-consequences-high-school-math.html
Social Sciences Fri, 01 Aug 2014 02:41:14 EDTnews326079637Extra time in math class has its minuses, scholar says(Phys.org) —Eric Taylor, a PhD student at Stanford University's Center for Education Policy Analysis, found that students who spent more of the school day in math class had higher math scores, but the gains did not last for long.
http://phys.org/news/2014-07-extra-math-class-minuses-scholar.html
Social Sciences Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:00:02 EDTnews325143519Study finds unintended consequences of raising state math, science graduation requirementsRaising state-mandated math and science course graduation requirements (CGRs) may increase high school dropout rates without a meaningful effect on college enrollment or degree attainment, according to new research published in Educational Researcher (ER), a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association.
http://phys.org/news/2014-07-unintended-consequences-state-math-science.html
Social Sciences Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:51:22 EDTnews324651069Effort to model Facebook yields key to famous math problem (and a prize)(Phys.org) —Dan Spielman, a Yale computer scientist, wasn't looking for a new problem. He was already deeply immersed in a tricky effort to model complex online communities like Facebook, hoping to gain insight into how they form and interact.
http://phys.org/news/2014-07-effort-facebook-yields-key-famous.html
Mathematics Tue, 08 Jul 2014 07:40:02 EDTnews324021302Smart and socially adept: Individuals who demonstrate both qualities achieve greatest success in workplaceWanted: Highly skilled individual who is also a team player. In other words, someone who knows his or her stuff and also plays well with others.
http://phys.org/news/2014-07-smart-socially-adept-individuals-qualities.html
Social Sciences Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:29:28 EDTnews323972950Obama, inventors check out electric giraffe (Update)If President Barack Obama is mingling with inventors, sooner or later there has to be a robot. On Wednesday, it was Russell, the 17-foot (5-meter) electric giraffe towering in the South Lawn of the White House, a symbol of the quirky and clever creations Obama wanted to showcase on a day devoted to innovation.
http://phys.org/news/2014-06-obama-inventors-white-house-maker.html
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