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

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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.

  • 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.

    • arbitrary name

      92% of all statistics are made up.

      • name

        82% of those are made larger to get attention

  • 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