A Really, Really Cool Website For Students Who Think They Hate Math

numberphile

The best resource for a student that thinks they hate math is a great teacher.

But what about the best resource for that teacher? Beyond an active imagination, ability to relate to students, and an incredibly strong content knowledge themselves, it may not get much better than Numberphile .

While the site is simple a crudely interactive graphic with links to videos, it has, in one fell swoop, creatively curated some of the most compelling and engaging “problems” in mathematics. From Benford’s Law to French Numbers, to whether or not zero is an even number, it frames the content area of math–which is often riddled with rote practice of very traditional arithmetic and formulas–in a problem-based learning kind of approach.

Fantastic resource for bell ringers, test questions, math project-based learning ideas, or as a model for students to curate their own curiosities about the incredible–and poorly marketed–world of mathematics.

It’s also, incidentally, a YouTube channel as well, from which we’ve taken a sample video below.

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Anita

This is awesome!

williamiscool99

the answer to 4×4+4×4+4-4×4 is -12

evan

no its 20

PieceOfCake

(4×4)+(4×4)+4-(4×4)=?
16+16+4-16=?

36-16=20

Adolph

the answer is 20

Mehr Ara

(4×4)+(4×4)+4+(-4×4)=16+16+4-16=16+4=20

YellowWatermelon

4×4+4×4+4-4×4 = 20

Bobby Ray

4×4+4×4+4-4×4=(4×4)+(4×4)-4+(4×4)=16+16+4-16=(16+16)+(4)-(16)=32+4-16=36-16=20

amy

20

mymayn

20

Vanessa

20

a

4×4+4×4+4-4×4=240

jo

20

dffd

20

pieguy3_14

20. I don’t understand why 73% of people got that wrong.

3.1415926535

the awnser is 20

vj,vlugjivlyh

20

poop

20…..poop

JOHN DANIAL

BODMAS PEOPLE

Lára Snædal Boyce

128

Rashandala

Answer is 20

Patricia Dockery

20

123

320

hassan zabar

20

Ginny

None of the links seem to work