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Recent research has shown than people are slightly less likely to flee an oncoming storm with a feminine name than a masculine one. Researchers found that hurricanes with feminine names turn out to be deadlier than their more macho-sounding counterparts, possibly because the feminine names sound less dangerous.

For example, the two deadliest storms to make landfall in the US since 1979, when male names were introduced, were named Katrina and Sandy.

So, is “Mathematics” too macho-sounding, making it less appealing to girls in high school? Perhaps not, but Geometry, Calculus and Algrebra are hardly feminine names? An interesting theory and H3 wonders if there have been any attempts to re-gender math course names to appeal to girls as well as boys?

Meanwhile, back in the classroom, women like actress and author Danica McKellar are doing a great job in helping girls (and boys) get a grip on their mathematics. For example, check out this video by Danica to help you focus on your learning in class:
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10 x 9 x 8 + (7 + 6) x 5 x 4 x (3 + 2) x 1 = 2020

NCEA Level 2 Algebra Problem. Using the information given, the shaded area = 9, that is:
y(y-8) = 9 –> y.y – 8y – 9 =0
–> (y-9)(y+1) = 0, therefore y = 9 (can’t have a distance of – 1 for the other solution for y)
Using the top and bottom of the rectangle,
x = (y-8)(y+2) = (9-8)(9+2) = 11
but, the left side = (x-4) = 11-4 = 7, but rhs = y+? = 9+?, which is greater than the value of the opp. side??
[I think that the left had side was a mistake and should have read (x+4)?]

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