Explore Simple Combinatorials

Furball
September 4th, 2022

How long is your hair? Is it as long as the fur on the world record-holding cat? Read on to find out – and do the math on how your hair measures up!

Stomp It
August 23rd, 2022

Did you ever realize you can make music with just about anything? Even garbage lids, kitchen sinks, and brooms! Read on to do the math behind the wacky music you can make with everyday items.

Tongue Twister for Your Eyes
August 3rd, 2022

Does this picture look right to you, or does something seem a little strange about it the more you read the words? Read on to see why this optical illusion trips up your brain and eyes – and do the colorful math!

Bull’s-Eye!
July 21st, 2022

Today is the final day of Archery at the Olympics.  In this dramatic sport, the archers draw back their bows and launch arrows into the air at about 150 miles an hour, while the rest of us scramble to get out of the way.  Their target is a flat circle 77 yards away (where a yard is 3 feet) ringed with 10 colorful concentric circles.  Of course, the closer to the center you hit, the more points you get: the gold circle in the middle fetches 10 points, the next circle around it scores 9, and so on until the white ring on the edge, worth just 1 point.  The better your aim, the faster those numbers add up.

Snow in the Summer
July 11th, 2022

You might think snow in the summer sounds crazy. But not when you’re talking about a snow cone! Read on to discover how these tasty summer treats were started, and chill with some cool snow cone math.

A Fight between Fruits and Veggies
June 24th, 2022

What’s the difference between a fruit and a vegetable? A fruit comes out of the flower on a plant and holds seeds. Apples and oranges, peaches and apricots, and all kinds of berries do this. Veggies come from other parts of the plant, like lettuce and spinach (which are leaves) or carrots and onions (which […]

Guinea Pigs Above the Rim
June 15th, 2022

In basketball, one of the most exciting plays is a “slam dunk.” That’s when a player leaps up to the hoop and jams the ball through, before hanging on the orange rim for style points. It turns out humans aren’t the only animals who like to dunk. Molly the guinea pig just dunked 4 times in […]

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