“I Learned Math From Watching *YOU*”

(If you don’t get the blog post title, it’s because this tweet from NYTScience is a play on words of an old 1980’s anti-drug campaign.  And this blog post title is a play on words of a different campaign.  You can see the videos below.  And, kids?  Don’t do drugs.)

 

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Anyhow this post has nothing to do with drugs (shocker!).  But scientists have begun to study what your brain looks like when it solves a math problem.

Check out the results here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/29/science/brain-scans-math.html?smid=tw-nytimesscience&smtyp=cur&_r=0

BADGING:

Read the article (linked above).  List the four stages of math problem solving that scientists discovered by noticing the corresponding brain activity.  List out which of our six POTW categories you think correspond best to each of the four brain activities.  Write a sentence explaining your reasoning in each case.  Then explain in a paragraph:  How can knowing that your brain transitions from one step to the next help you with solving math problems?

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