The Conversation: 3 times political conflict reshaped American mathematics

The Conversation: 3 times political conflict reshaped American mathematics. “In February, my University of Richmond students and I launched … a new website on the history of American mathematics. It showcases the people who create, the institutions that support and the cultures that influence mathematics. This rich history shows that mathematics is much more than equations or multiplication facts. It’s a living, breathing discipline shaped, in part, by the political forces around it.”

Google Blog: A recipe for beating the record of most-calculated digits of pi

Google Blog: A recipe for beating the record of most-calculated digits of pi. “While I’ve been busy thinking about which flavor of pie I’m going to enjoy later today, Googler Emma Haruka Iwao has been busy using Google Compute Engine, powered by Google Cloud, to calculate the most accurate value of pi—ever. That’s 31,415,926,535,897 digits, to be exact. Emma used the power of the cloud for the task, making this the first time the cloud has been used for a pi calculation of this magnitude.”

Make Tech Easier: 5 Recommended Web Tools to Solve Difficult Math Problems

Make Tech Easier: 5 Recommended Web Tools to Solve Difficult Math Problems. “Many of us have traumatic feelings about Mathematics from our university and school days. Depending on your job profile, you might run into those problems once again at the workplace. Luckily things have changed for the better now. Thanks to latest automated web tools, the equations that used to take forever to solve can be done faster and more accurately online.”

Wolfram Blog: Prepare for AP Calculus and More with Wolfram U

Wolfram Blog: Prepare for AP Calculus and More with Wolfram U. “Today I am proud to announce a free interactive course, Introduction to Calculus, hosted on Wolfram’s learning hub, Wolfram U! The course is designed to give a comprehensive introduction to fundamental concepts in calculus such as limits, derivatives and integrals. It includes 38 video lessons along with interactive notebooks that offer examples in the Wolfram Cloud—all for free. This is the second of Wolfram U’s fully interactive free online courses, powered by our cloud and notebook technology.”

ExpertClick: Mathematical Constants and Symbols Displayed Instantly on New Website (PRESS RELEASE)

ExpertClick: Mathematical Constants and Symbols Displayed Instantly on New Website (PRESS RELEASE). “MathematicalConstants.com is a brand-new website that instantly displays mathematical constants and symbols. It’s useful for students and anyone else who works with mathematical or physical constants and needs to know their symbol and numerical value.” This is yet another site from Kevin Savetz; he manages a ton of them: “Other math resources include: AsAFraction.com for fractions, AsAPercent.com for percentages and SimplifyFractions.com for simplifying. WhatIsThepH.com lets users see the pH of various acids, bases and common substances.”

FreePrintables Adds Site for Converting Decimal Numbers

Kevin Savetz recently released a site for learning about converting fractions. Now he’s added one for decimals (PRESS RELEASE). “AsDecimal.com lets users type in any percentage or fraction—this includes percentages with decimal places and fractions with any numerator or denominator. The site will instantly convert it to a number with up to five decimal places. A pie chart is also calculated at the bottom of the page as a helpful visual aid. There are also hundreds of example problems provided by the site, including percentages with decimal places and a wide range of numerators and denominators.”

Kevin Savetz’ Network Launches New Site To Help Kids Learn Fractions

Kevin Savetz and his FreePrintable network has a new site for helping kids learn fractions. “Users can enter any combination of numbers into the calculator, including improper fractions. SimplifyFractions.com will calculate the simplest fraction, which includes mixed numbers and whole numbers when possible. Along with the answer, the website provides three different processes: stages of simplification, removing common divisors, and multiplying the greatest common divisors. A pie chart is available at the bottom as a helpful visual in thinking of fractions as percentages.”