# Blogs

## A look at the FULL moon

Looking at the moon from Earth's surface can be quite a site, but it's a redundant one! It always points the same face toward us.

But now, using mathematics, scientists have developed a method for calculating a good description of the back side of the moon. Through their work, we know more about its giant craters as well as a magma ocean that once existed on the moon's far side.

## Useful AND Beautiful

One of the main reasons for operating a site like "When Will I Use Math" is to highlight the practical applications of math in everyday life.

But often we don't step back and give enough attention to the aesthetic beauty that can also be found in math functions. Mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot passed away last week at 85. During his lifetime, he worked to bring fractal mathematics out of obscurity.

## Time for a Math Quiz

Need to brush up on your math skills?

The Learning Network from The New York Times offers online quizzes to test your math skills. Test yourself here and find out how smart you really are.

## Room for All

Many have observed mathematics as a male-dominated science. But studies are showing that more women than ever are entering the field as well.

It's not just a major for future educators. If you have math skills, it's worth your time to consider studying mathematics. (Have you seen the careers section of this site?)

## Math in the Fast Lane

Believe it or not, science and math play a bigger role than you might think in stock car racing.

The Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., recently hosted Mathematics and Science Day, bringing in more than 600 local middle school students to learn about the science behind the race.

Researchers at Northumbria University in England may have linked chocolate to increased mathematic capacity.

A key ingredient in chocolate, called flavanols, were found to increase blood flow to the brain, making it easier for a test group to compute mathematical problems.

## The math of nature

Math can teach us a lot about our world. Just as Isaac Newton used calculus to describe the motion of planets, the shapes of the natural world around us can be described by mathematics.

A university professor from Harvard explains how he uses mathematical models to better understand "the geometry of the universe's hidden dimensions."

## Need funds to study math?

The Department of Defense is offering \$45 million in SMART scholarships to students who plan to pursue math and science studies.

## Math of the Olympics

"We see the numbers when we're looking at scores and measurements," says Dr. Edward Burger of Williams College, "but math is all around us, wherever there's motion, wherever there's quantities."

## Need job ideas? Consider STEM!

As reported in the Des Moines Register, "Jobs in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) are growing at four times the rate of other career sectors."

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The most common question students ask math teachers at every level is “When will I use math?” WeUseMath.org is a non-profit website that helps to answer this question. This website describes the importance of mathematics and many rewarding career opportunities available to students who study mathematics.

Cryptanalyst
\$137,780/yr
Physician
\$187,199/yr
Attorney
\$187,199/yr
\$126,000/yr
Actuary
\$160,000/yr
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\$119,950/yr
Climatologist
\$132,130/yr
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Figures represent salary potential.

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Dr. Cary Oberije, a postdoctoral researcher in The Netherlands, has found that mathematical models can be used to accurately predict patients' responses to treatment. Prediction models were used to analyze lung cancer patients' likelihood of survival and...