February 12, 2013 |
Do you remember that the secant function has vertical asymptotes? Neither did I, but it came right back to me when I listened to the soothing tones of Robert Ghrist. He is a mathematics professor at the University of Pennsylvania, but since January, his audience has grown exponentially: 48,000 people in more than 62 countries. Ghrist is spreading the gospel of calculus through an online education service called Coursera, and he scored a big vote of confidence last week when a higher-education umbrella group said the course deserved official college credit.
January 28, 2013 |
The Inquirer's No. 1 ranked boys' basketball team found itself in some trouble Sunday at the FamJuice City Classic. But an overtime session turned out to be nothing that undefeated Math, Civics & Sciences couldn't handle. The Mighty Elephants turned away No. 9 Martin Luther King, 80-71, at Ben Franklin High School in the marquee game of the one-day showcase. Raquan Brown Johnson's three-pointer for Martin Luther King with four seconds left in regulation forced overtime. In the extra period, the Mighty Elephants took advantage of being in the double bonus to outscore Martin Luther King, 17-8.
January 23, 2013 |
Math, Civics & Sciences cracked the national rankings on Tuesday as the visiting Mighty Elephants topped Del-Val Charter, 65-57, in a Public League Division A boys' basketball game. Jeremiah Worthem scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead MC&S, now ranked No. 15 in the country by MaxPreps.com. Math, Civics & Sciences 17 11 23 14 - 65 Del-Val Charter 13 18 9 17 - 57 MC&S: Tyheem Harmon 3, Tyrese Hester 8, Britton Lee 12, Louis Myers 2, Jeffon Powell 1, Malik Starkes 12, Maurice Stevens 3, Shafeek Taylor 5, Quadir Welton 6, Jeremiah Worthem 13. DC: Dashon Giddens 14, Karl Lewis 1, Antwan Scriven 4, Jamir Taylor 10, Darius Wallace 3, Clayton Wolfe 10, Hassan Young 15.
January 9, 2013
EVERY NEW superintendent releases a plan soon after taking office - a blueprint for how things will be different this time as he attempts to turn around our struggling schools. Superintendent William Hite's action plan for city schools, released Monday, calls for higher SAT scores, early literacy and placement of more students in advanced math. But his plan has something that recent superintendents haven't included in theirs: an acknowledgment that money is a problem. As he explains, "The School District of Philadelphia does not have the luxury to set its education agenda without regard for financial implications and sustainability, nor can it be successful if financial decisions are divorced from educational impact.
January 6, 2013 |
A veteran African American math teacher at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy has filed a racial-discrimination suit that alleges he was unjustly fired and defamed when school officials said he sent inappropriate text messages to a female student. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court last month, alleges that Priscilla G. Sands, president of the private school, abruptly terminated Arthur "Chuck" Matthews in September over texting she had learned about from others, even though the young woman and her parents said the messages contained nothing improper.
December 28, 2012 |
NEW YORK - The first clue that a new museum here is a bit unusual are the door handles shaped like the Greek letter pi . Then there is the elevator. The ground floor is designated with a zero, and the basement is marked "negative one. " And the projected number of visitors in 2013? "Six times 10 to the fourth," said executive director Glen Whitney, a former hedge fund analyst and assistant math professor. That's 60,000 for those who are a bit rusty on their exponents, but both the rusty and the number-savvy are welcome at the National Museum of Mathematics, said to be the only such museum in North America.
December 10, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama said Saturday that Republicans in the House were blocking a bill that would prevent a tax increase on the first $250,000 of income earned by all Americans. The Democratic-controlled Senate has approved the measure, but Obama said House Republicans had "put forward an unbalanced plan that actually lowers rates for the wealthiest Americans. " Obama supports a plan to raise taxes on families earning more than $250,000. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama said "the math just doesn't work" in the GOP plan.
December 9, 2012 |
New Jersey is partnering with a foundation to recruit and train as many as 100 new math and science teachers to spend three years in high-need schools across the state, including ones in Camden and Pemberton Borough. The initiative, announced Friday by Gov. Christie, will cost $9 million, all of it donated. Teaching recruits will have backgrounds in science, technology, engineering and math - the so-called STEM subjects - and will be trained in a model created by the Princeton-based Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation emphasizing teacher preparation and retention.
October 19, 2012 |
JEREMIAH "Lump" Worthem entered the it's-heating-up part of the basketball recruiting process expecting to make all five of the permissible official visits. Instead, he cut things short after two and, in retrospect, could have done so after one. Robert Morris it is for the 6-6, 205-pound Worthem, a senior small forward from Math, Civics and Sciences Charter. "I felt Robert Morris in my heart during the visit, which was three weekends ago for their football Homecoming," Worthem said.