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Nerdist Math Show- Accepting Video Submissions - Deadline Now March 20th!
posted on March 14th, 2013

Hi everyone! 

I'm making an awesome new little math show for the Nerdist Channel on YouTube, which I'm really excited about. It's going to be kooky and fun, and in case YOU want to be involved, here's how!

-Suggest mathy topics you'd like to see covered - tweet them to me at @danicamckellar or put them in the comment section below.

-Submit videos of YOU to math@nerdist.com! We are looking for people who use math in their jobs - anything from a chef who does fraction conversions in her head to an aeronautical engineer. Submit a short video of yourself describing how you use math in your job and why you love what you do. But even if you don't use math in your job, you can still play! Do you have an interesting perspective on math you'd like to share? What's your favorite or least favorite part about math? 

Email your stuff to math@nerdist.com by WEDNESDAY MARCH 20TH - and don't forget to include your name and contact info, if you want to be considered. We can accept videos by Vimeo dropbox or even YouTube. 

Happy video-ing!

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posted by christinekaye91 on February 26th, 2013

Could slightly more advanced topics make an appearance? Maybe linear algebra or discrete with counting, cardinality, set theory etc. and statistics as well. Love your work, and would love if there was more for the higher levels!


posted by wxman on February 26th, 2013

- Fractals!! - The discussion as to whether math is something we created to explain the world around us or whether math is something we discovered...which is some deep stuff - Meteorologists use math all the time, so it might be cool to talk to some about predicting weather! Love the idea of this show and hope it goes well for you!!!


posted by Ninjagiba on February 26th, 2013

I honestly use math for fun stuff, specifically in crafting and art projects. It's mostly simple geometry, but when you're making Japanese themed floating lanterns, angles, symmetry, surface area, all come into play to getting the final product exactly the way it needs to be. I don't know it this would translate well onto the show, but I'm excited for your math show on the Nerdist.


posted by Brezendrache on February 27th, 2013

I (female by the way) studied math and I work as an expert for probabilistic safety analysis an risk management in nuclear powerplants, which is about the coolest job a mathematician can get. I think that most people really have a problem in understanding risks an probabilities, it would be great if you could do some easy to understand exaples, that help to get people thinking. My favorite example is the quality of tests in any kind of context. If you are interestet I can explain some really nice examples, with easy math, that will remove the scales from peoples eyes. (I'm not a native speaker, so please excuse my mediocre english)


posted by brucekessler on February 27th, 2013

Hi Danica, I have about 7 hours of video from a "math TV show" that I did back in the Spring 2006 semester, called "Math Matters: Why Do I Need To Know This?" You can find the 14 episodes broken into 3 8-minutes (roughly) segments each at www.wku.edu/mathmatters. Enjoy, Bruce Kessler Department Head, Mathematics Western Kentucky University


posted by Michael on February 27th, 2013

I teach Stats in University and I have two general topics to suggest: Statistics and Logic Statistics: How do we use (and misuse) statistics in our everyday life from descriptive statistics and graphs all the way to inferential statistics and the difference between correlational research and experimental research. Teaching students to critically think and not just accept the data because it is a number thrown at them. I would also teach them that basic statistics are not as scarey as students think they are and with some basic math you can easily follow the equations. Logic: It is a little off the topic of math but I love logic problems and brain teasers that teach students that sometimes they have to think for a while to gain an insight in to a solution. Not all answers are at the back of the book or can be solved by a formula.


posted by HiTest on February 27th, 2013

I work for a testing company that blows things up. We use a lot of math to ensure shot geometry and to interpret the data we get from the underwater explosions. Come and see us blow some things up and have fun with the math involved!


posted by HiTest on February 27th, 2013

I work for a testing company that blows things up. We use a lot of math to ensure shot geometry and to interpret the data we get from the underwater explosions. Come and see us blow some things up and have fun with the math involved!


posted by eyeslikesugar on March 2nd, 2013

Hi Danica! I use math a lot in my job, as I work at a yarn store, and knit as well as help others with knitting. Math is crucial in knitting, for altering patterns and keeping designs consistent, yet making a piece a perfect fit. Also math is heavily involved with making sure one has enough yarn to complete a piece (alterations included) and what we call, 'getting gauge' making a swatch and measuring the stitches to make sure your knitting is consistent with how the piece was originally knit. Not to mention using weights and size to figure out how much yarn you have if you had an unlabeled ball of yarn, or how much you have after you've used some. I love the marriage between the creative and logical that knitting allows. Mathematical knitting is not a new thing, many mathematicians create pieces with fun results. Fibonacci knitting is something I've always loved and wanted to do. (a blanket, maybe.) And Botanica Mathematica http://botanicamathematica.wordpress.com/ is a new group utilizing mathematics within nature, and knitting as such.


posted by NateWeeks on March 2nd, 2013

Math at Work: I am a lawyer and I have saved my clients thousands of dollars by catching math mistakes by clerks, judges, and other lawyers, not to mention economic cases where my clients were accused of wrongdoing when in fact it was the math that was done wrong. I also use my knowledge of statistics to discredit so-called "experts" who cite to statistically invalid sampling and lawyers who erroneously claim probability is on their side.


posted by OrenLevi1212 on March 2nd, 2013

I am a high school physics teacher and one issue I've had with some of my classes is getting them to analyze and understand vectors. How to add and subtract them and break them up into component parts. A good, fun instructional video would be great so that I can focus on the fun physics (projectile motion, for example), rather than re-teach them math that they can learn themselves (assuming a basic understanding of trig).


posted by Luca18 on March 9th, 2013

I am a university maths student studying at King's College London. Although I am not currently working in job, I am particularly interested in the study of calculus in two and three dimensional spaces. I would like to see more concrete applications of calculus to real life, e.g using the Lagrangian Multiplier Theorem.

Interesting fact on Calculus: Newton developed his idea of Calculus from Fermat's way of drawing tangent lines.

I find that Statistics is presented in a boring way and I lose interest in it quite quickly. I think an area like abstract algebra would be good to include, e.g for computing the remainder when 50^50 is divided by 13 for example. A variation of simple and complex topics would be fantastic. The '1089' trick could be included as well, as found in a book by David Acheson: "Take any 3-digit number in which the first and last digits differ by 2 or more. Reverse the number, and subtract the smaller of the two numbers from the larger (e.g. 782-287=495). Then reverse the result and add (thus 495+594=1089)."

 

 


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I do tires and the size is a math equation. 255/55/18 is a tire size and an equation. 255 is the section width (width at the widest point) in millimeters. 55 is the aspect ratio in a percentage. This ratio times the width gives the height of a single sidewall. 18 is the wheel size the tire fits on in inches. So to find your tire diameter in inches you must know 25.4 mm=1 inch. That equation looked like: (255x.55)2/25.4+18=29.04. Why would you need to know this? Well what if you want 20" wheels you want the same diameter tires so your speedometer and computer work correctly. So you add 2" to the wheel it needs to change somewhere else. The rule for that is add 2 to the wheel diameter, subtract 2 aspect ratio increments (they change by 5's), add 2 sizes to the width (they go by 10's)...275/45/20=29.7. 0.7" is near perfect in tire world. This number needs to be known though because the speedometer in this vehicle will now read 2% slow due to the larger diameter and greater rolling circumference. Yes, I'm a huge tire nerd.


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