### Archive: December 14, 2008 - December 20, 2008

### Friday Quiz, Number Four

Happy Friday. Our word problem today was submitted by Tommy Kirkman, who describes himself as "someone who loves mathematics and wants to expose its beauty and utility and FUN to others." Kirkman lives in Maryland (somewhere between Washington and Baltimore!)...

By Michael Alison Chandler | December 19, 2008; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (7)

### The Massachusetts Story

The latest TIMSS test results, which rank student performance in math and science across different countries, included an interesting side note: Students in Massachusetts (Minnesota, too) scored a lot better than the U.S. average and ranked well alongside some top-performing...

By Michael Alison Chandler | December 18, 2008; 12:03 PM ET | Comments (2)

### Math: Take-It-Or-Leave-It?

The following is excerpted from a fact sheet produced by Achieve, a D.C.-based group that advocates for tougher academic standards. Far too many students in the U.S. give up on math early because it does not come easy and they...

By Michael Alison Chandler | December 16, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (11)

### Imaginary Numbers

We are working with radical expressions this week, which means we have strayed far from the earth's surface to talk about imaginary numbers. If there were ever a good time to ask x=why?... I have some questions about these imaginary...

By Michael Alison Chandler | December 15, 2008; 11:26 AM ET | Comments (11)