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Gift wrap and symmetry

This is a time of year when many of us are running around frantically shopping for gifts. Caught up in ...
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Bagels, pretzels… cubical frames?

This year's Nobel Prize in physics brought into the limelight the subject of topology, which studies the property of figures ...
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Math Lesson from the Olympic Games

Among the myriad math lessons offered to us by the Olympic Games, here's one involving just the rings. I recently ...
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Lemon Square Math

Besides producing delicious lemon bars, this recipe for Classic Lemon Bars from the Food Network is also a great opportunity to think ...
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Math and Economics at the Farmers Market

There's still nothing like experiencing math in the context of of simple cash purchases. I say "still" because of the ...
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An exercise in modeling a real life tile pattern

At a recent stop at the Citadel Outlets, I came across a beautifully tiled wall by the water fountain: What ...
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Three sisters and their PJ’s

When I saw Grace, Sophie, and Chloe in their mismatched pajamas, a question immediately popped up: if there are 3 ...
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A prism of a bathroom sink

A trip to the ladies room of the Arclight Cinemas in the local mall revealed a somewhat unusually shaped sink ...
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A Generous Uncle?

When my daughter was 6 years old, her uncle gave her this figurine, a couple of inches tall. She asked ...
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Driving by the Embarcadero

Stuck at a traffic light, and, lo and behold, a DODECAHEDRON! A closer look reveals it’s standing on a platform ...
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A Teachable Moment At The Top Of Filbert Street

As we huffed and puffed our way up the hill, we saw this sign. I thought this would be a ...
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