From a Math Puzzle to an Odd Moon

Asked for an odd moon, my friend Bob thought of Keith Moon, a witty but incorrect answer. If you hated age-problems in high school algebra, you have plenty of company. I've even heard teachers complain that they are contrived instruments of torture. (I think they are merely tired of teaching a curriculum over which they... Continue Reading →

Why are the orbits of our planets not equally eccentric?

How fitting that the 2 planets with the most circular orbits (lowest eccentricities) are named after Venus, the goddess of love and fertility, and Neptune, the god of fresh water and sea, while those with the least circular orbits honor the gods of commerce (Mercury) and the underworld (Pluto)! There is a reason behind the... Continue Reading →

Brownian Motion

In the 16 years that I spent at my last school, the caretakers rarely, if ever, dusted the top border of the chalkboard. I used their laziness to my advantage, revealing to students that it was evidence that the chalk particles from my constant erasing were small enough to be deflected upwards by the random... Continue Reading →

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