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Professors say high school math doesn’t prepare most students for their college majors

Nov 30, 2023 | West County Blog

Professors say they really want their students to be able to analyze data, create charts and spreadsheets and reason mathematically – skills that high school math courses often skip or rush through. “Teachers are so focused on covering all the topics that they don’t have time to do the practices when the practices are what really matters,”

Bill Gates says America has a math problem. Here are his three suggestions to help kids learn to love the subject like he does.

Oct 6, 2023 | West County Blog

Gates says math education hasn't kept up with how the world has evolved. In his post, Gates said math skills were a "powerful indicator" of future success...

Scientists Discover 'Pure Math' Is Written Into Evolutionary Genetics

Sep 10, 2023 | West County Blog

...nature is a wonderful realm in which to observe beauty born out of mathematical relationships. The natural world provides seemingly endless patterns underpinned by numbers – if we can recognize them.

Unexpected link between pure mathematics and genetics discovered

Aug 14, 2023 | West County Blog

Number theory finds unexpected applications in science and engineering, from leaf angles that (almost) universally follow the Fibonacci sequence, to modern encryption techniques based on factoring prime numbers.

Bringing the lofty ideas of pure math down to earth

May 11, 2023 | West County Blog

Many popular books on mathematics try to be approachable by talking about stock markets or poker odds.Others wax poetic about prime numbers and the mystery of infinity. Cheng’s books lift readers to the rarefied heights of mathematical abstraction by teaching them category theory, which she believes is the most foundational kind of math.

The Basic Algebra Behind Secret Codes and Space Communication

Jan 24, 2023 | West County Blog

Space exploration requires tremendous precision. Mathematicians have invented ingenious ways to transmit and store information. One surprisingly effective method uses Reed-Solomon codes, which are built on the same basic algebra that students learn in school.

From Systems in Motion, Infinite Patterns Appear

Dec 8, 2022 | West County Blog

Szemerédi proved that any set comprising a positive fraction of the integers must contain arbitrarily long arithmetic progressions. The result was a landmark in the subfield of mathematics called additive combinatorics.


Nov 21, 2022 | West County Blog

The problem with focusing relentlessly on understanding is that math and science students can often grasp essentials of an important idea, but this understanding can quickly slip away without consolidation through practice and repetition.