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Women in Maths

July 14th, 2016 by Steven Pomeroy | No Comments | Filed in Women in math

Or should I say women in math?  Anyway, the title is correct as far as our friends in Great Britain are concerned.  As it was explained to me, it is sort of like saying physics instead of physic.  Well, regardless, a mathematician at the University of Nottingham, Susanne Pumpluen, has set up a nice Facebook Page that spotlights women in mathematics.  Susanne writes:

The Facebook page ‘Women in Maths‘ was launched in November 2014.  We would like it to be like a mini ad-campaign, an advertisement for mathematics, for the beauty of it.  Many people who love the creativity of arts, music, architecture, do not realize how creative mathematics can be, and how much fun.

So we want to profile mathematicians who write about why they love doing it, what they get out of it, why they chose it as a career, across all age groups and career levels if possible.  We decided to feature female mathematicians to challenge stereoptypes and to provide some female role models.  And to celebrate their successes.

Independently, my colleagues and I filmed a series of videos for the same reason.  I am in one of the videos, I am Susanne Pumpluen (Associate Professor in Pure Mathematics at University of Nottingham).

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Jimmy Fallon can do math!

July 13th, 2016 by Steven Pomeroy | No Comments | Filed in Funny Math Videos

Who knew that Jimmy Fallon was a mathematician?  Click to watch the video!

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Avogadro Humor

June 29th, 2016 by Steven Pomeroy | No Comments | Filed in funny math

Q: If a mole of moles were digging a mole of holes, what would you see?
A: A mole of molasses!


Avogadro Number


Avogadro’s Number

From Wikipedia:

In chemistry and physics, the Avogadro constant is the number of constituent particles, usually atoms or molecules, that are contained in the amount of substance given by one mole. Thus, it is the proportionality factor that relates the molar mass of a compound to the mass of a sample.

So, what is this number and why is it important?  The value is 6.022×1023, and it is used primarily in chemistry.  Did you ever hear of a mole?  No, not those pesky animals in your back yard . . . A mole is the number of atoms or molecules equal to the value of Avogadro’s Number.  It’s all about measurement – quantification.  Ever hear of a 1 molar solution?  That simply is one mole of molecules in 1 liter of solution.  So 1 millimolar would be 1/1000 of a mole in 1 liter, and 1 micromolar would be 1/1,000000 mole per liter of solution.