## The Difference of Squares

In our Mathematical Reasoning class tonight, we discussed this problem: Can your age in years be written in terms of the difference of two square numbers? If so...

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# Month: August 2012

## The Difference of Squares

## Logarithmic notation: Mathematics vs. computer programming

## Minimal Eulero

## Trigonometry as the Study of Circles

## The Prefix Dia-

## PEMDAS and negative numbers

## Well… is algebra necessary?

In our Mathematical Reasoning class tonight, we discussed this problem: Can your age in years be written in terms of the difference of two square numbers? If so...

One of my concerns as an educator is the way in which peccadilloes of mathematical notation can get in the way of understanding. In the case of logarithms, this...

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