Pi-Day: Sine, Sine, Cosine, Sine, 3.14159!

Pi Day

Contributed by James Greenwood-Lee, Assistant Professor, Applied Mathematics at Athabasca University March 14th is π-day (Pi-day) – a day to celebrate the mathematical constant π, which is commonly approximated as 3.14. For some irrational reason, someone, somewhere decided that π was worthy of an annual celebration, and of course, the only rational choice was the 3rd month and … [Read more...]

Spiders in the classroom

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If facing your fears is still on your 2016 resolution list, then autumn is definitely a good time to take the leap. The stage is set with a new nip in the air, daylight hours fade to darkness by the dinner hour, and households like to unleash their inner witches, churning cauldron-like pots of thick chilis or soups designed to warm their every inch. And if Halloween fever … [Read more...]

U.S. Election Notebook #8: Approval and Disapproval

White House Barack Obama Graph

In the eighth of a series entitled U.S. Election Notebook, Athabasca University professor Paul Kellogg explores the thesis, that Donald Trump’s campaign represents a backlash against the presence, for eight years, of an African-American president in the White House. In the seventh of the series entitled Glass ceilings and backlash, Dr. Kellogg examined the sexism frequently directed … [Read more...]

Supporting sustainable design, virtually

adst-200-1 student designs [courtesy of the RAIC Centre for Architecture at Athabasca University]

The RAIC Centre for Architecture at Athabasca University, is launching its first-of-its-kind technological collaboration to promote energy-efficient building design through its online global partnerships. This innovative, three-part workshop series, powered by the teleconferencing and video-conferencing facilities of Athabasca University, will enable students and faculty from … [Read more...]