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.

The Flip-Flap Railway, as it was called, reached 12 times the force of gravity at the bottom of its loops, enough to make most people pass out. Engineers ripped apart the roller-coaster design and found the root of the problem: a neglected math principle.  Read more about the equation roller-coaster designers now use to make sure amusement park goers remain conscious.

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.


 

Actuary
$160,000/yr
Cryptanalyst
$137,780/yr
Attorney
$187,199/yr
$126,000/yr
Physician
$187,199/yr
$95,620/yr
$119,950/yr
$147,670/yr
$104,183/yr
Statistician
$199,710/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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