Ancient Greek mathematicians were using ‘algebric’ ways to solve practical problems, study finds

Study proved that ‘algebric’ ways to solve practical problems have been invented by ancient Greek mathematicians, at least from Diophantus‘ era. Continue reading “Ancient Greek mathematicians were using ‘algebric’ ways to solve practical problems, study finds”

The ancients knew the Earth is round; the case of Eratosthenes and the first documented measurement of the Earth’s circumference

Eratosthenes was a Greek born in Cyrene in modern-day Libya. As a mathematician, poet, athlete, geographer, astronomer, and music theorist, his vast knowledge made him an ideal fit for the post of librarian at the Museum (Library) of Alexandria. Continue reading “The ancients knew the Earth is round; the case of Eratosthenes and the first documented measurement of the Earth’s circumference”

Study shows how students understand mathematics

It’s both the bane of many parents and what has been called a major national vulnerability: the inability of many children to understand mathematics. Understanding that problem and developing strategies to overcome it is the research focus of Nicole McNeil, Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame, and the researchers in her lab. Continue reading “Study shows how students understand mathematics”

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