# Featured

## Benford’s Law: Real Data Behaves as a Descending Logarithmic Curve

Benford's law, also called the first-digit law, is an observation about the frequency distribution of leading digits in many real-life sets of numerical data.

## Fundamental Counting Principle — Tree Diagrams, Flipping a Coin, Criminology, License Plates, Menus, Passwords

When there are *m* ways to do one thing, and *n* ways to do another thing, the there are *m*

## Math Contest: Logic-Based Word Problems (very challenging)

For the last two weeks, we have been working on strategies to solve challenging logic word-problems leading up to the Math Learning Math Contest.

## Word Problems and Solutions -- Black Friday/Cyber Monday

After surviving another wonderful Thanksgiving in NYC, I experienced once again the crazy pace of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Terrific Tuesday (I made that last one up). In negotiating extensively with several companies over the weekend, I once again was faced with hundreds of mathematical calculations using every operation (+-x/). Although calculations were critical, I noticed that many of the companies with whom I dealt made significant mistakes when using a calculator (usually a place value error). Also, being specific was critical.

## Election 2016 Results by State Popular and Electoral College

The election on November 8, 2016 was a very close call in so many key states. It was also the first time that I remember the candidates being so divisive in style, rhetoric, message, policy, and yes, ethics. So many children were angry on Wednesday morning that I created a lesson focusing on how the results stacked up from a mathematical perspective.