Written by: Aaliyah Khan When you think of math, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Numbers? Variables? A giant, unnecessarily heavy textbook? For many the only implementation of math they recognize is what happens inside a classroom. In reality, as cliche as it may seem, math truly is all around us. We […]

## What Actually Is Calculus?

Normally, calculus is an advanced highschool or even university subject. However, with only an understanding of basic linear equations, you can grasp the idea behind calculus without any confusing mathematical concepts. Prep Work Once, I owned a lemonade stand, and I wanted to keep track of how much I sell each day. Miraculously, each day I had the same amount of lemonade sold; from this information, I […]

## The Travelling Salesman Problem: Do you want a million dollars?

By Diana U Imagine that you are a travelling salesman. Let’s say that you have to visit three different cities to find buyers for your product. You want to find the fastest route to visit all three cities and then return to your home town without visiting the same city twice. Find the most efficient […]

## Using Mathematics to Model Pandemics

I’ve wondered ever since the Covid-19 pandemic began in 2020 if there were any methods to predict when the pandemic might end. This question led me to discover the SIR model, a mathematical model used by scientists to predict the course of an infectious disease. But what is the SIR model? And what does it […]

## Lying with Statistics

By: Michael Mo In the fall of 1973, UC Berkeley accepted 44% of its male applicants but only 35% of its female applicants; as a result, the university was almost sued for gender discrimination. But in reality, 4 of the 6 largest departments actually have higher female acceptance rates than male acceptance rates! This is […]

## Ones and Zeroes

In 2014, Matt Parker built a computer made entirely of dominoes. At first, you’d think that’s impossible. But by demonstrating the fundamental principles behind binary, the domino computer attempted to add the numbers 4 and 6 together in front of a crowd of hundreds. But what is binary? What is Binary? We use the decimal […]

## A Million Dollar Problem: P vs NP

by Robin Yadav On May 24th, 2000, the Clay Mathematical Institute announced the Millennium Prize Problems. These seven problems are currently the most difficult problems in mathematics and will have profound implications if they are solved. So far, only one of these seven problems has been solved which is a testament to their difficulty. I […]

## Chaos Theory: Can the Flap of a Butterfly’s Wings Really Cause a Tornado?

What do a double pendulum, weather patterns, and a population of rabbits have in common? According to American mathematician and meteorologist Edward Lorenz, these peculiar topics might actually be pretty similar. Linked by the field of chaos theory, Lorenz proposed that the world isn’t as deterministic as we might think. What is Chaos Theory? Recently, […]

## C. S. Lewis and Multi-Dimensions

In the first book of C. S. Lewis’s acclaimed The Chronicles of Narnia series, the main characters Diggory and Polly find themselves in a strange wood. This wood, called the Wood Between the World, is filled with pools that lead to another world. By wearing a special ring, the children hop into the pool and […]