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Do the Math!

Do the Math!

In Spring of 2018, students took their study of math equations from the orderly classrooms of BYU campus to a much larger classroom: South America.

Dr. Michael Dorff, chair of BYU’s Department of Mathematics, led the three-week study abroad tour through four South American countries: Brazil, Chile, Peru, and Argentina. The trip allowed sixteen STEM students to study math in a real-world, culturally diverse setting. Students toured various companies including Itaú Bank, Walmart, General Motors, and Laureate.

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...
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,”...