### Archive: January 4, 2009 - January 10, 2009

### Friday Quiz!

The inauguration is fast upon us -- and any reader of our newspaper has been well briefed on the logistics! In keeping with our close coverage of the event, I bring you this quiz from MATHCOUNTS, a national math competition...

By Michael Alison Chandler | January 9, 2009; 10:23 AM ET | Comments (1)

### Who Wants to Be a Mathematician?

Above, contestant Alexander Zhu, host Mike Breen and winner Linus Hamilton. About 6,000 mathematicians descended on Washington this week for a conference hosted by the American Mathematical Society. I was among them yesterday for a session on math education...

By Michael Alison Chandler | January 7, 2009; 6:35 PM ET | Comments (2)

### Good Teaching - Art or Science?

I had my first day back in class today. We started with a lesson on graphing quadratic equations. Tricia Colclaser, the teacher, gave a mini-introduction and walked around the room while we practiced. As she checked in with everyone, Colclaser...

By Michael Alison Chandler | January 6, 2009; 10:07 AM ET | Comments (37)

### Better Grades for 2009?

School starts again today after the winter break. I hope everyone found some time to relax. I did! I will find out tomorrow how much math I forgot when my class meets again. One big change we're likely to see...

By Michael Alison Chandler | January 5, 2009; 9:54 AM ET | Comments (5)