I was at the Rothman Institute’s 8K race in Philadelphia this morning. It was very exciting and invigorating. No, I didn’t race, I’m not a runner. I was there to support important people in my life. One of which is my business partner, Chalon Downs, co-founder of Citywide Math and Science Institute. I am very proud of her, and all the runners! They accomplished something great!
Hats off to an amazing group of people, including Black Girls Run, the largest group present! Yes, I was listening and watching. They ran!!!
How does this relate to math? In countless ways. To name a few: the number of participants, the timing of the runners, the number of miles in 8K (4.97 miles), and so on. This was definitely a teachable moment.
- 2012 Philadelphia Marathon: Events, time and schedule for the weekend (philly.sbnation.com)
- Philadelphia Marathon 2012 race news & updates (philly.sbnation.com)
- The Science Girl Runs (thesciencegirlblog.com)
This is a reminder of my passion for math even in my youth. I found this short story, written in English class, while rumbling through my high school records. “The battle was on! Freeman against Jarvis: the two most prestigious mathematical kingdoms of the nation of Arithmetic.
Jarvis was at an advantageous point: he had Elementary Functions and Trigonometry as allies. His other allies were at equal standing with Freeman’s allies. Freeman had a plan. She would find her way through the lands owned by Jarvis, incognito, starting with Algebra Township and working her way through to Algebra City. In doing this, she would be closer to Elementary Functions. She would start a revolt by challenging the skills of the armed forces of the Trigonometric Functions, which would cause a civil war. She would then reveal the less complex solution to the problems, gaining their praise. Hence, she would conquer Elementary Functions and move on to Calculus.
Algebra Town was a breeze. Freeman was undefeated!
Unexpectedly, a little town just below Algebra City was out for revenge. What would Freeman do? She had not known or heard about this town in all her years of reign. She couldn’t give up though, her kingdom depended on her. She would find a way. And she did. Freeman became familiar with the area of Geometry. She familiarized herself with Proof, the Chief in Command of the armed forces.
It wasn’t as bad as Freeman had anticipated. She’d conquered Proof and his men, despite the few casualties she’d suffered. Geometry was hers.
She began as planned. She gossiped about which was the better branch of the armed forces, Elementary Functions or Trigonometry. She started near Circle Township and spread throughout Elementary Functions. She ran into a fork in the road: a face she remembered seeing in Geometry that was a part of Proof’s army. She attacked him head on. Surprisingly, she defeated him in one try.
The forces were at battle. This went on for about one year. The city was falling. Freeman would rebuild Elementary Functions and fight her final battle, but first she had to train her armed forces. She went the entire summer rejuvenating from the previous obstacles she faced. She was determined she would win!
The day finally arrived. The final battle began. Jarvis and Freeman, both with equal skill, fought for several months. Jarvis was known for his determination to win and nothing less. Again, Freeman devised a plan. She had come too far to give up now.
While in the midst of battle, Freeman learned of some very disturbing news. She would have to go back to General Kingdom and honor the new king and queen of Geometry. How could she be two places at the same time? She had to attend the Honors Ball, so she assigned the most capable leaders to follow through with the battle and to keep her posted of progress.
It was the last week of the battle of Calculus. Freeman had returned from the ceremonious events. She learned that she had received misleading information: she had the impression that the battle was hers to win. However, they were losing. She would have to go out herself and win the battle with flying colors.
She first defeated Differential Land, but Integral Land was the most difficult of any imaginable battle. With great skill and intense concentration, Freeman conquered Integral Land and won Calculus! She freed the slaves, decreased labor, rebuilt lands, and made the Freeman kingdoms proud and dignified. Freeman overcame her obstacles and conquered Calculus!!!”
Do you have high school memorabilia that reminds you of your passions of today?