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Two conspiracy theorists walk into a bar. You can’t tell me that was just a coincidence, man.

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Wed: 2-5 (Sarah)
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Thurs: 1:30-5 (Varun)
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Whoever invented the knock knock jokes should get a Nobell prize.

It’s so cold we chopped up the piano for firewood. It made two chords.

If I had to rate our solar system, I’d give it one star.

The inventor of autocorrect has died. I didn’t even know he was I’ll

Did you hear about the two guys who stole a calendar? They each got 6 months.

If you only make changes to your software based on complaints, is that objection-oriented programming?

Math In The News

Last updated 6/28/2022

Not too heavy on the math content this time, but this video is for those interested in how health science, public health, and mathematics work together. Especially relevant during our ongoing pandemic (stay safe and stay healthy, everyone!).


Random Math

Last updated 6/28/2022

“Mathematics knows no races or geographic boundaries; for mathematics, the cultural world is one country.”
-David Hilbert



STEMsub Summer Academy

Last updated 6/28/2022

What is Linear Algebra?  Well, for starters you’ll understand this joke:

Rotational Matrix

Matrix Transform

Essentially linear algebra is the mathematics of systems.  Remember systems of linear equations in algebra?  In linear algebra we’ll take those systems and watch what happens when they interact with other systems.  To do this we’ll create vectors and matrices, and explore multidimensional space.  We’ll find special properties that tell us critical information about those systems, like determinants, eigenvalues, and eigenvectors.  We’ll learn that A times B may not be equal to B times A.
Linear algebra is incredibly useful, especially in modeling and simulation.  It has applications in computer science, healthcare, engineering, and nearly every field of human inquiry.
And it’s fun!

When I asked Professor Patrick Perkins (who’ll be teaching Linear Algebra this summer) here’s how he explained it:

“Linear algebra is the branch of mathematics concerning linear equations such as 3x+2y-z+5w=7. These are equations in many variables, but of the simplest type.

“We also define linear functions and represent them as matrices. The domain of such a function is called a vector space.

“Linear algebra is central to almost all areas of mathematics. For example, linear algebra is fundamental in modern presentations of geometry, and is used to define basic objects such as lines, planes and rotations.

“Linear algebra is also used in most sciences and fields of engineering, because it allows modeling many natural phenomena, and computing efficiently with such models. For nonlinear systems, which cannot be modeled with linear algebra, it is often used for dealing with first-order approximations.”

UW Math Placement
Last updated 6/28/2022

Some answers to your questions to common questions about the UW Math Placement Test, from the UW Department of Mathematics:

Q) Are there any math problems I’ll need to solve on the new assessment?
A) Yes, there are still math problems students will solve. We give instructions, which mimic a midterm exam test for us, so the student should take it seriously. They will check their own work to see if they got the problem correct.

Q) Do I need to take the assessment if I completed AP Calculus? Running Start Precalculus? Running Start Calculus? IB Math?
A) All of our previous AP, running start and IB policies are still in place. In fact, this new process does not give a student the ability to bypass Math 124. So if a student earned credit for Math 124 through AP or running start, then they can take Math 125. If a student earned credit for MATH 098 or MATH 120, we would still encourage them to take the GSP since it is available but they could also just register for the next course they think they are ready to take.

Q) If I do not NEED to take the test, should I take it anyway?
A) All students in MATH 111, MATH 120 or MATH 124 will be asked to take the GSP. Some faculty will likely have their first homework or quiz be similar to the GSP assessment. So it is important that students take the GSP and have a good understanding of their mathematical foundation when entering the course. Maybe they take the GSP and realize they need to work on their understanding of trigonometry even though they took pre-calc/trig. We will provide a review materials website that helps students refresh their math skills before the quarter begins.


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