Now that apps are over and all I have left to do is financial aid (ew ew ew), I’m going to be taking a break from appblr and come back once decisions roll around ~ March, April. I really just want to enjoy this next month without thinking too much about college. What will be will be and where I get accepted, I’ll go. March will tell me a lot.
i dont understand the stereotype that women are obsessed with shoes, like have u ever met a high school boy
THIS IS THE TRUEST THING I’VE EVER READ IN MY LIFE
me when i see my bad first semester senior year grades
seeing Mock Trial more than I see my family
wait, is that a bad thing?
Universitium ofium Californium Berkelium…?
UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Labs have discovered a total of 22 elements on the periodic table.
Scientific American just recently published a great interactive version of the periodic table of elements. When clicking on each element the user can learn obscure facts about each element’s discovery. “Berkelium” reads:
In 1950 The New Yorker sarcastically remarked that Glenn T. Seaborg’s team had missed a chance to have four elements in a row named “universitium,” “ofium,” “californium” and “berkelium.” The team replied it did not want to risk naming the first two elements universitium and ofium lest the East Coast beat them to naming the next two “newium” and “yorkium.”
Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality
Slate has an interview with Edward Frenkel, a mathematician at UC Berkeley who wants to expose the beauty of math, inspire awe at its power, and challenge his colleagues to wield it for good. His new book is Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality.
What is wrong with the way most of us are introduced to math?
The way mathematics is taught is akin to an art class in which students are only taught how to paint a fence and are never shown the paintings of the great masters. When, later on in life, the subject of mathematics comes up, most people wave their hands and say, “Oh no, I don’t want to hear about this, I was so bad at math.” What they are really saying is, “I was bad at painting the fence.”
So what is it really like to be a mathematician?
You don’t discover something beautiful every day. Most of the time, you work on something for weeks or months, only to realize that it doesn’t work. But you never give up, you go back and try to analyze the data that you have, and try to see the analogies and connections to try to come up with a new hypothesis. Then you try to test that.
Do people really need to know about these formulas if they aren’t mathematicians?
We have to realize the power of mathematics. By now it’s well-understood that the global economic crisis was caused, in part, by misuse of mathematical models. People who understood those models were actually sounding the alarm. It was the executives who had the power, who were the decision-makers, who did not understand how these formulas functioned. Their logic was: “Well, while these things work, we’re making profits.”
Anonymous asked: How important is getting some sort of national merit award to top-tier colleges? I got my PSAT score back earlier this winter break and I didn't make the cutoff for my state (213 in Texas). However, my SAT is decent (a 2290). Will not obtaining national merit bring my chances down of getting into a top-tier school despite my decent SAT?
I don’t think it’s super important to get the national merit award (commended or scholar). Since your SAT is pretty high up there to be competitive, as long as your gpa is high as well (3.8+ UW, depending on your circumstances/school) you are well qualified for top tier schools. And since you live in a state where there’s a relatively high number of high scoring students I’m not surprised why the cutoff is on the higher end. I believe the cutoff is even higher in California.