# Math talks to blow your mind

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Stiftelsen Marcus och Amalia Wallenbergs Minnesfond Background The Foundation wants to contribute to the advancement of teaching excellence in Swedish schools. For that purpose we envision a long term program that provides devoted teachers challenging, inspiring and advanced teaching experiences and studies overseas. The ”Pilot 2014” made it possible for 6 teachers to participate in the “Stanford Summer Teachers Institute” at Stanford University in California US during one week in combination with talks and presentations from Stanford Faculty, participate in other Stanford Summer activities and visit other schools and laboratories. Invitation For the summer of 2015 the Foundation will invite another group of 6 teachers to participate in the Stanford Center to Support Excellence in Teaching (CSET) program. The Swedish teachers will participate in the CSET courses given the week of July 6-10 2015, which are described on the web-site Stanford CSET Teaching Institute 2015 Course Descriptions

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21 GIFs That Explain Mathematical Concepts “Let's face it; by and large math is not easy, but that's what makes it so rewarding when you conquer a problem, and reach new heights of understanding.” Danica McKellar As we usher in the start of a new school year, it’s time to hit the ground running in your classes! Math can be pretty tough, but since it is the language in which scientists interpret the Universe, there’s really no getting around learning it. Check out these gifs that will help you visualize some tricky aspects of math, so you can dominate your exams this year.

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