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Relative Size of Continents to Scale: Mercator vs. Peters Projection Map

After exploring the relative sizes of the planets in our solar system last week, we explored another key geographical misconception. The current map of the seven continents on planet Earth was created by an Euro-centric Flemish cartographer named Gerardus Mercator in 1569.

Relative Size of Planets "To Scale" with Fractions of Solar System and Ratios

Mathematicians and all persons of reason are taught to question everything. And yet, from the time I was a child fascinated with the stars and planets in our solar system, I assumed that the pictures in all of the books were accurate. That couldn’t have been further from the truth. Not a single picture I every saw had a disclaimer that said, “not drawn to scale.”

The 24 Game (+-x/^!) with a Target Number of 24

After playing hundreds of rounds of Target Number last week, where the target number was randomly selected from 1-10, this week we increased the challenge with The 24 Game. Here the target number always is 24 and each game card has four numbers. The object of the game is to make 24 using all four numbers on a card.

Target Number (use all binary operations to = target card)

Preparation:  Take a deck of cards and separate out all of the face cards (eliminate Jacks, Queens, and Kings);You should have 40 remaining cards from Ace to 10 in four suits. Ace counts as one.

Mean Median Mode Range Predict Patriots' Super Bowl Score

Last week we looked at the 26 records either broken or tied during the Patriots win in Super Bowl LI. Could the Patriots win and score have been predicted by the last ten Super Bowl scores using measures of central tendency?