# Featured

## Bezier Curves — How computers create curves with straight lines

Last week, we learned about Benford’s Law which creates a logarithmic curve. We looked at how easy it is to create a curve long hand using your arm as a natural compass.

## 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*

## NLMC 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 Noetic Learning Math Contest (NLMC).

## 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.