Category Archives: Math

WolframAlpha – a pretty cool “computational knowledge engine”

I used WolframAlpha quite a bit during finals week and liked it a lot.  It’s pretty neat if you want need to do some calculations and don’t have a calculator handy, or need to look up information on a statistics distribution.  You can also use it to look up something non-math related.  If you type in ‘cat’ it gives you the scientific name and a graphical map of its taxonomy.  If you type in the name of a state it gives you a map, population, average income and other statistics.  It’s also pretty useful for a dictionary, if you type in a word it can give you definitions, word origins, rhyming words, and synonyms. It’s a bit limited on what it understands, but I still think it is pretty cool.  If you haven’t tried it you should check it out.

Happy Pi Day!

Happy Pi Day 2010!

In honor of Pi Day, we made an apple pie with Pi carved into the top.

FoxTrot Strip

This is a good FoxTrot strip from a couple of weekends ago.