Math and Estimation

Apropos of nothing (other than a vague sense that a lot of people are doing a lot of estimating this week–students estimating their grades, teachers estimating student grades, Richardson estimating how long he can put off reading stuff he doesn’t want to grade before getting in trouble with either the students or his family, etc.), I came across this article on (one of) the nation’s foremost expert in estimation.

Talk about a great party trick…

Oh, and just in case you missed it, the New York Times awesome Math Series, which I’ve highlighted before, is still going and they had one on probability theory last week that was pretty phenomenal (and included some information on estimation). You can check it out here. Or thereabouts.

4 thoughts on “Math and Estimation

  1. Where can I sign-up to take this instructor’s course? Great article.

    I’ve often wondered: What is the greatest challenge in teaching a Math course? I ask because (1) I have not taught math and (2) Mr. Mahajan appears to engage students, based on this quote from the article:
    “A few weeks in, though, students were coming up with their own problems—and the class gets consistently high marks in student evaluations.”

    Can any Math faculty shed some light on this? What is the difficulty with this area of study for our students?
    Thanks.

  2. Do you have a few days? 🙂 When the dust of this week clears, I’m looking forward to responding to this, and reading the article. For now, a deadline awaits.

    • You got it, mathissexy.
      I guess I ask because many students hesitate to register for math courses at the beginning of every semester.
      I know these next two weeks will be a challenge for all of us. See you on the other side of the semester…

  3. I’ll see you on the other side of the weekend. Once Thursday it done, it’s smooth sailing. I’ll see you on the roof next week. CAST and the Social Committee are hoping to have a brief roof rendezvous one day next week.

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