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Another end to a year in AP Calculus…another pi vs e debate!  Which is the better transcendental number?   This year’s debaters divided on gender lines, prompting Sammi to put out the call for more women to join the e team…check the photos to see Chris Richardson doing his best.   AP Physics and others paid a visit, e-teamers sang a song, pi-teamers got Biblical, fierce arguments ensued, silliness prevailed, Annee generously took pictures, and finally, pie and e-clairs were consumed with great gusto.

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Thanks to the generous and exacting skills of video maven Sam Judson ’11, Edmund Burke School’s Pi Day 2011 is up on youtube!!!  The Pi Day Assembly focused on Euler’s Identity with an intro by math teacher Rachel Braun, followed by a song (parodying “Every Time We Touch” by Cascada) presented with the assistance of Rachel’s able crew of mathematical seniors:  Nell, Mary, Natalie, Emma L, Maria, Brenda, Sammi and Kyla.   Part 1 with an intro describing Euler’s Identity is here ; part 2 featuring the song is here .

….can’t mention Pi Day Assemblies without a big shout out to Stacy Smith!!!

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On the Prow of the SS Bio Lab with Cap'n McCarthur-Parker

As you begin to dissect your way through the new week, we bring you another photo from the annals of our Math Master & Commander, Steve O’Keefe.  This pic captures the roiling seas of the Bio Lab, and reinforces the sailor’s warning, “ay, t’is better to be standin’ or sittin’ in the lab than to be a-lyin’ down.”

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Do students need Algebra 2?  Should students be required to take Algebra 2 to graduate high school?  Burke thinks so; all students take three years of high school math to graduate, including Algebra 1, Algebra 2 and Geometry.  We make this possible for all learners, offering three levels of instruction to students encountering what the Washington Post called the “intricate mysteries” of Algebra 2 ideas.

In a front page article, the Post article quoted moaners and groaners about the difficulties and relevance of Algebra 2; the quiz the paper provided for readers to try our hands at Algebra 2 concepts included an exponential decay expression.  “What exactly does this have to do with real life?” the Post asked.  Columns and columns of lamenting followed, all the way onto page A15.

Along the way to A15, there was an interesting graphic in the article about Chernobyl 25. The Post reported the critical information that half the cesium-137 released in 1986 will have degraded to relatively stable barium-137 by 2016, with a quarter of the cesium-137 remaining in 2046.

Whoa…
Isn’t that just exponential decay?

They’re learning about it in Algebra 2.

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Another pic from math Master & Commander, Steve O’Keefe.  This one’s from New Year’s Day at Great Falls.  Or rather above Great Falls.  Given the ice on the roads on this late start Tuesday, this looks like the best way to travel.

To see other PhotO’Keefe’s click here.

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With the threat of snow flurrying about, here’s a photo that math Master & Commander, Steve O’Keefe, took last year during Snowmageddon ’10.   Reminiscent of The Band’s seminal album, Music From Big Pink, this smaller pink house, covered in a blanket of snow, tucked into downtown Bethesda.  And as a special bonus, this cozy Pink House was also the site of last Friday’s cozy Welcome Party for incoming Head, Andrew Slater.  For more PhotO’Keefe’s click here.  And as snow starts to lightly fall, take a listen from the Band’s no. 1 song from Big Pink.

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Here’s a Holiday Portrait of the Artist As a Camera Man.  I’m sure math teacher, Steve O’Keefe, knows the equation that describes the shape of the ornament and his image on it.  Here’s a couple photos from the Math Master & Commander’s holiday trip to Longwood Gardens (a truly beautiful place in any season).

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