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The Top 10 Jobs in America

3-year-olds, 13-year-olds, and 30-year-olds seem to be worlds apart, but they often ask themselves the same question: "What will I be when I grow up?"

Of course, choosing a career means something quite different to children and adults. (For a 3-year-old, choosing a job is like daydreaming, while for a 30-year-old, choosing a new career probably means midlife crisis.) However, even toddlers understand that some jobs are just more satisfying than others.

Med School, Anyone?

Is medical school in your future? If so, there's a good chance that math is, too.

The Association of American Medical Colleges just released the latest edition of the Medical School Admissions Requirements, detailing the courses required at each medical school in the country. See what math classes are required by the schools on your list.

Math with a Mind of Its Own

What makes humans human?  "Homo sapiens" literally means "knowing man" because human intelligence, or sapience, is the main factor that sets us apart from other creatures.  For thousands of years, we've assumed that we are the only species capable of abstract reasoning, language, and problem solving. 

Math in Hospitals

Anemia is the most common disorder of the blood. People with anemia often don't realize they have the disease until the symptoms are serious and dangerous, but a collaboration between a physician-researcher and a mathematician may disrupt this pattern.

Read more about the mathematical analysis that can predict who will become anemic almost 3 months before anyone usually starts noticing symptoms.

Something to Scream About

A ride built on Coney Island in 1895 took roller coasters to a whole new level; its twists and turns were so extreme that they knocked riders out.  Literally.

Dr. Black Has Been Murdered

Detective Jill must determine the murderer, crime scene, and weapon. There are six possible murderers, 10 locations, and six weapons. Detective Jill tries to guess the correct combination then asks her assistant, Jack, to confirm or refute each theory.  

Caves and Equations

Mammoth Cave in Kentucky is the largest cave in the world, with more than 390 miles of passageway and new discoveries adding several miles to this total each year.

Black Holes Revealed

Some clever math may have solved one of space’s greatest mysteries: the amount of dark matter in the universe.

But this discovery may have raised more questions than it answered. Check it out.

Math That Can See Right Through You

Using some clever math, researchers have figured out how to “see” through opaque materials.

Learn more about the matrix that could make it possible to see through walls.

Invincible Formula

A new kind of computer can crunch through our frequently used data encryption algorithms, creating a data security crisis.  

But it turns out that an obscure thirty-year-old code is resistant to all known decryption methods.  See what makes this formula different.

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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.


 

Physician
$187,199/yr
$126,000/yr
Cryptanalyst
$137,780/yr
Attorney
$187,199/yr
Actuary
$160,000/yr
$117,210/yr
Geologist
$160,910/yr
$187,199/yr
Cartographer
$92,310/yr
Stockbroker
$102,250/yr

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...

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