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Blogging Theme Week 5

This is the final week for your blog postings to be graded in the first blogging period.  Remember, there are three such periods, and the blogging component of your overall grade will be based on your best performance over all three such periods.

A brief reminder about blogging requirements: you may post on anything related to the course (the “theme” for the week is only a suggestion), and your postings will be graded according to the rubric that appears in the syllabus,  The rubric involves five grading elements: frequency of posting, mathematical content, thematic content, organization and presentation, references and connections.  Blogging is your only “homework” for this course and a high standard will be expected.

The suggested blogging theme for this week is Bad Math.  This is in conjunction with the presentation that I will give on Wednesday.  The idea is to identify a web page or newspaper article or media soundbite which uses numbers or mathematical jargon in a misleading way. Here’s a link to a post that suggests some ways to identify “misleading numbers”.  Remember, you are also welcome to post on any of the earlier themes (or on any other topic).

Polling the US public on climate change

Here’s an interesting article that relates to climate change, a subject that we will discuss this week:

“An overwhelming majority of the American public, including half of Republicans, support government action to curb global warming, according to a poll conducted by The New York Times, Stanford University and the nonpartisan environmental research group Resources for the Future.”

Full article can be read here.