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BC: scientist of the month... | In memory of... Albert Hoffman- best known for being the first to synthesize, and ingest the psychedelic effects of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD)

FC: Special article on "women in mathematics" by Cailin Flores inside! | Ryan Gjersety with an interesting article on the mathematics of wake-kiteing. | A spectacular analysis over everyday careers involving mathematics, by Tyler Harren | Math Jokes inside!!! | Math Problems, how smart are you?? | Mathematicians digest.

1: WORD PROBLEM The table compares the speed of a specific runner in 1993 and 1997. in 1993 the speed is 10 to the eigth power, in 1999 .the speed was 10 to the ninth power. find how many times faster the runner in 1999 was than the runner in 1993. | ANSWER=10 10

2: There are many types of careers involving math. Robotics engineer-- combine mathematics, engineering, and computer science in the study and design of robots. Computer scientist-- interface the technology of computers with the underlying mathematical principles of such diverse applications as medical diagnoses, graphics animation, interior design, cryptography, and parallel computers. Statistician-- collect, analyze, and present numerical data resulting from surveys and experiments. civil engineer -- plan, design, and manage the construction of land vehicle, aircraft, water, and energy transport systems; analyze and control systems for land vehicular traffic; analyze and control environmental systems for sewage and water treatment; develop sites for industrial, commercial and residential home use; analyze and control systems for storm water drainage and storage; manage construction of foundations, structures and buildings; analyze construction materials ; and surface soils and subterranean material analysis...

3: geomatics engineer -- once known as "surveying engineer", includes geodetic surveying : takes into account the size and shape of the earth, in order to determine the precise horizontal and vertical positions of geodetic reference monuments; cadastral surveying : establishes and reestablishes the reference monuments for the U.S. Public Land Survey System, i.e., township and section corners; topographic surveying : determines the detailed configuration or contour of the natural earth's surface and the position of fixed objects thereon or related thereto; hydrographic surveying : similarly determines underwater contours and features; land surveying : is the location of existing parcel and new land subdivision lines, road and utility rights-of-way and easement lines, and determination of the location of existing and new reference monuments, which mark property lines and parcel corners; land surveying : also involves the preparation of legal descriptions for officially recorded land ownership conveyance deeds and other land title documents; construction surveying : is the determination of the direction and length between and the elevations of reference points for fixed private and public works, as embraced within the definition and practice of civil engineering, and the labeling of reference markers containing critical information for the construction thereof; design, operation and management of advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS and Land Information Systems (LIS), as well as other sophisticated computer mapping and CAD based geospatial applications. Physician-- diagnose patient illnesses, prescribe medication, teach classes, mentor interns, and do clinical research; students with a good mathematics background will find themselves being admitted to the best medical schools and discover that mathematics has prepared them well for the discipline, analysis, and problem- solving required in the field of medicine. Economist-- interpret and analyze the interrelationships among factors which drive the economics of a particular organization, industry, or country.

4: Wake kiting is a sport that uses math; it uses math much more than most sports. In wake kiting the main thing you need to know is angles, when you take off the kite has to be at a certain angle otherwise the kite will not fly. To make it fly you must push your wrists forward and your hand backwards which causes the kite to face upward at a 45 degree angle. After this is done the boat driver should drive around 15- 20 mph to create enough wind to create an upward lift that will keep the kite in the air. Once you are up you will probably want to jump the wake to do this you will have to turn your board at a 30 degree angle which will push you out side the wake, once you are out side the wake turn your kite by twisting your handle bars at a 40 degree angle which will push you back inside the wake with enough speed to pick you up once you are in the air the wind will catch the kite and slowly take you across the wake. That’s how you wake kite. –Ryan Gjerset S

6: Women in Mathematics Mary F. Wheeler was born in Cuero, Texas and attended the University of Texas at Austin and received her two bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and government. Wheeler wanted to merge together mathematics and economics but became more interested in physical and engineering applications and switched her center of attention. She later earned her doctorate at Rice University. She was the first woman to hold the position with an M.D. Anderson Professorship and the University of Houston. Since then she has held another position including Noah Harding Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics and she has lectured in several foreign countries about her work. Wheeler was very involved and served in various organizations. Some of her committees that she was a part of consisted of Committees on Science Policy for the American Mathematical Society and for the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics; she was chair of the Advisory Committee for the Mathematical Sciences of the National Science Foundation and also served on review committees for Argonne and Oak Ridge National Laboratories just to name a few. Her main focal point was applied mathematics and she focused her attention on the latter topic. The latter topic demonstrates the way computational science creates a connection between the experiment and theory. The outcome of her work has helped develop remediation of pollutants in ground water and more efficient models for oil recovery. Wheeler really wasn’t serious or that interested in mathematics until she confirmed her first point. Getting married at an early age and having a small child didn’t help make college any easier for her, but it only made her stronger and she did everything she could to be as dedicated as she could to her work. She looks at areas in the world such as toxic waste disposal, global change, and AIDS as ones in which mathematics can help and make a difference.

7: WAIT... NO IT DOESNT

8: Linear Equation Word Problem Two girls bought 16 chocolate bars. One girl bought 9 bars. How many chocolate bars did the other girl buy? | 7 ANSWER=

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10: Q: Why do you rarely find mathematicians spending time at the beach? A: Because they have sine and cosine to get a tan and don't need the sun! | MATH JOKE

11: MATH JOKE #2 | Q: What is the difference between a Ph.D. in mathematics and a large pizza? A: A large pizza can feed a family of four...

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