Modular Arithmetic at the Music Stand
Credit: Rachel Johnson, via Flickr. CCBY-ND 2.0AdvertisementSometimes people ask me when they will use mathematics in everyday life. There are some examplesgrocery shopping, calculating a tip, re-carpeting a roominwhich math is clearly applicable. Bu
Credit: Rachel Johnson, via Flickr. CCBY-ND 2.0AdvertisementSometimes people ask me when they will use mathematics in everyday life. There are some examples—grocery shopping, calculating a tip, re-carpeting a room—inwhich math is clearly applicable. But in my life, there are many more examples of tasks where multiple approaches work, some of which are made possible by my background in mathematics. In March, I wrote about one example: making bias tape when I’m sewing. Ther...

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