# Stories by Math Dude Jason Marshall

## What Does Half-Life Mean?

What are half-lives? And what do they have to do with measuring the age of the solar system and predicting the effects of a morning cup of coffee? Keep on reading to find out!

August 17, 2016 — Math Dude Jason Marshall

## How to Use Stars to Find Your Latitude

Have you ever wondered how people figured out their latitude back in the days before the Internet? Did you know you can use the same math trick they used to pinpoint your latitude today? Keep on reading to find out how it works

May 25, 2016 — Math Dude Jason Marshall

## What Are Complex Numbers?

What do you get when you put a real and an imaginary number together? A complex number. No, not a complicated number (although it is kind of complicated). We’re talking about an entirely new set of numbers dubbed “complex”

March 16, 2016 — Math Dude Jason Marshall

## What Is a Mathematical Limit?

Do you know what a limit is in math? Do you know how to define a circle using this idea? And do you know why you might want to? Keep on reading to find out!

February 17, 2016 — Math Dude Jason Marshall

## How to Estimate Hours Left Until Sunset

Do you know that math can help you survive? I’m not talking about jobs, money, and feeding yourself—I mean the lost in the wilderness, life depends on it kind of surviving. How does this work? Keep on reading The Math Dude to find out

October 14, 2015 — Math Dude Jason Marshall

## How to Measure Time without a Stopwatch

How can you measure time without using a stopwatch? You could use the movement of the sun across the sky, watch a pendulum swing or burn some very special string. Keep on reading to find out how it works!

September 16, 2015 — Math Dude Jason Marshall

## What Are the Odds of Successfully Navigating an Asteroid Field?

What are the odds of successfully flying through an asteroid field like the one in The Empire Strikes Back? Are they really 3,720 to one as suggested by C-3PO? Or are they much worse…or perhaps better? Keep on reading to find out

August 5, 2015 — Math Dude Jason Marshall

## What Is the Famous Monty Hall Problem?

Ever heard of the Monty Hall problem? If so, did the world famous brain teaser leave you flummoxed? If not, how does getting flummoxed—and then just as quickly un-flummoxed—sound? Hopefully you're up for the challenge (and the fun) because that's exactly what's in store for today!

June 24, 2015 — Math Dude Jason Marshall

## The Equation for a Happy Mother's Day

What's the most important holiday in May? Obviously it's Mother's Day. But did you know there's an equation that can help you celebrate Mom? Keep on reading to find out what it is!

May 6, 2015 — Math Dude Jason Marshall

## How Is Rainfall Measured?

How is rainfall measured? What does it mean when it rains an inch? And how many gallons of water fall on your roof in a storm? Keep on reading to learn all about the math behind April showers and May flowers

April 8, 2015 — Math Dude Jason Marshall

## 3 Super Bowl Fun Facts

Want to amaze your friends at that Super Bowl party you're going to? All you have to do is hit 'em with some Super Bowl math fun facts. Keep on reading to learn what they are!

January 28, 2015 — Math Dude Jason Marshall

## New Year's Math Fun Facts

How many different New Year's Eve countdowns are there around the world? When do astronauts celebrate New Year's? Who celebrates first? And last? Keep on reading to learn all about these New Year's math fun facts

December 31, 2014 — Math Dude Jason Marshall

## How to Solve the Famous Birthday Problem

What are the chances that two players on the same soccer team share a birthday? How about two students in the same algebra class? Both seem pretty unlikely, right? The answer might surprise you!

October 1, 2014 — Math Dude Jason Marshall

## The Magic of Number 9 (Part 2)

The number 9 is kind of amazing. How amazing? Keep on reading for the exciting conclusion to Math Dude's story about the magical number 9

July 9, 2014 — Math Dude Jason Marshall

## The Magic of Number 9 (Part 1)

Have you ever noticed that the number 9 is kind of amazing? What's that…did I hear you say "NO?" Then prepare yourself to be amazed and keep on reading to learn all about the magic behind the mysterious number 9

July 2, 2014 — Math Dude Jason Marshall

Think of a number, add 3, double it, now subtract 4, divide by 2, and finally subtract your original number from the result. You get 1, right? How do I know? And what are some other fun math tricks that you can use to amaze your friends? Keep on reading to find out

June 18, 2014 — Math Dude Jason Marshall

## How to Make a Graph (Part 2)

How do you turn a bunch of data into a super-handy graph? Keep on reading to learn the final 2 steps in Math Dude's easy 4-step method for making graphs

May 14, 2014 — Math Dude Jason Marshall

## How to Make a Graph (Part 1)

What are graphs? When are they useful? And how do you make one? Keep on reading to learn an easy 4-step method for making graphs.

May 8, 2014 — Math Dude Jason Marshall

The Math Dude: Quick & Dirty Tips to Make Math Simpler

April 27, 2014 — Math Dude Jason Marshall

## 5 Tips for Faster Mental Division (Part 2)

The Math Dude: Quick & Dirty Tips to Make Math Simpler

April 13, 2014 — Math Dude Jason Marshall

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