Wrap Your Head & Hands Around Density

Wrap Your Head & Hands Around Density

Heat rises, boats float, clouds hang listlessly in the sky, and icebergs aimlessly bob around the ocean. All of these things happen because of the same scientific property: density! Density is a rather simple property. It depends on two things, mass and volume. Mass is basically how much something weighs, but something still has the

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Looking for Order in March Madness

Looking for Order in March Madness

Why is it so hard to pick the perfect bracket? Let’s take a look at the mathematics of March Madness!! This year’s complete printable March Madness bracket by ESPN. It all comes down to probability. Let’s start by making things simple before we truly delve into the madness. Imagine two perfectly even teams are about

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Love Pie? That’s Not Irrational! Happy Pi Day!

Love Pie? That’s Not Irrational! Happy Pi Day!

???? is the ratio between the diameter and the circumference of a circle. Any circle. It doesn’t matter how big or small a circle is, this ratio is always the same. This may not seem incredibly important, but many things are circular or spherical. This results in ???? showing up in all kinds of equations

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Thomas Edison and the Bright Idea

Thomas Edison and the Bright Idea

 Thomas Edison famously invented the incandescent light bulb. These light bulbs are pretty simple things. They are really just a glass casing around a tiny metal resistor called the filament. As electricity runs through it, the filament heats up until it produces light. But how much does it have to heat up? It turns

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How Many Stars are Out There?

How Many Stars are Out There?

The numbers used in Astronomy are truly staggering.  For starters, the Earth is about 25,000 miles around. The nearest star to us is–obviously–the sun, which is 93 million miles away. To travel that distance, you would have to circle the Earth nearly 4000 times! The larger the numbers get, the harder it gets to understand

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