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Modeling Hexnut Mass

Let me encourage you to go to your hardware store and get some hexnuts. You won’t regret it. Now let’s see if I can write a post about it in under, like, four hours. (Also, get a micrometer on eBay … Continue reading

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Model Shop! One volume done!

Hooray, I have finally finished what used to be called EGADs and is now the first volume of The Model Shop. Calling it the first volume is, of course, a treacherous decision. So. This is a book of 42 activities … Continue reading

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The Index of Clumpiness, Part Three: One Dimension

In the last two posts, we talked about clumpiness in two-dimensional “star fields.” In the first, we discussed the problem in general and used a measure of clumpiness created by taking the mean of the distances from the stars to … Continue reading

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The Index of Clumpiness, Part Two

Last time, we discussed random and not-so-random star fields, and saw how we could use the mean of the minimum distances between stars as a measure of clumpiness. The smaller the mean minimum distance, the more clumpy. What other measures … Continue reading

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The Index of Clumpiness, Part One

There really is such a thing. Some background: The illustration shows a random collection of 1000 dots. Each coordinate (x and y) is a (pseudo-)random number in the range [0, 1) — multiplied by 300 to get a reasonable number … Continue reading

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Capture/Recapture Part Two

Trying to get yesterday’s post out quickly, I touched only lightly on how to set up the various simulations. So consider them exercises for the intermediate-level simulation maker. I find it interesting how, right after a semester of teaching this stuff, … Continue reading

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Capture/Recapture Part One

If you’ve been awake and paying attention to stats education, you must have come across capture/recapture and associated classroom activities. The idea is that you catch 20 fish in a lake and tag them. The next day, you catch 25 … Continue reading

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Talking is so not enough

We’re careening towards to the end of the semester in calculus, and I know I’m mostly posting about stats, but this just happened in calc and it applies everywhere. We’ve been doing related rate problems, and had one of those classic … Continue reading

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Blood in the Aisles

I don’t quite know how Beth does it! We’re using Beth Chance and Allan Rossman’s ISCAM text, and on Thursday we got to Investigation 1.6, which is a cool introduction to power. (You were a .250 hitter last season; but … Continue reading

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Bayes is Baaack

Actually teaching every day again has seriously cut into my already-sporadic posting. So let me be brief, and hope I can get back soon with the many insights that are rattling around and beg to be written down so I … Continue reading

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