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Using Math to Understand Your World—And Your Neighbor

Using Math to Understand Your World—And Your Neighbor

Like all math teachers, Professor Kate Johnson of the Mathematics Education Department studies variables. The variables that Johnson examines, however, usually don’t show up on the page. Johnson researches how math teachers understand personal and social identity and...
BYU Geochemist Plays Detective with Water and Dust

BYU Geochemist Plays Detective with Water and Dust

Wind carries a particle of dust from the dry lake bed to the mountain snowpack. The snowpack melts, and the water flows down streams and rivers, through a pipe, and to the tap. Dr. Greg Carling specializes in the fields of geochemistry and hydrogeology. Particularly,...
What the Boy Scouts Don’t Understand About Knots

What the Boy Scouts Don’t Understand About Knots

Math professor Mark Hughes specializes in topology. But before you get out your elevation map and GPS, make sure you know what Hughes studies. “Whenever you say topology, people always hear topography, which involves maps and land forms and is not the same thing,”...