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Nor’easters and Wind Roses 1

Where I live, in the northeast part of the United States, we have a special storm that goes by the name “nor’easter”. Do we call it that because that’s where we live? No. We call it that because, during a nor’easter, the wind blows hard and steady from the northeast…. read more >>

Visualizing Square Roots with Elias Wegert 1

Quick, what’s the square root of -1? Okay, I know. That’s an easy one. But how about the square root of i? If it’s been a while since you took complex analysis, you might have to scratch your head a little bit. Fortunately, MATLAB can just tell us. … read more >>

Leap Days on Mars 5

February 29th is right around the corner. It’s been hibernating for the past three years, snuggling in its secret den between February 28th and March 1st. But it’s just about to emerge again, stretching the calendar and irritating impatient March…. read more >>

A Frightful Error

It’s late October. The nights are getting longer (for us North Americans, anyway), and vampire processes are sucking the life from your machine. Even a hard power cycle won’t banish the ghost of yesterday’s horrific memory usage. Halloween can’t be far away. How can we honor the season with appropriately… read more >>

Beach Math Reading 2

There you are, sprawled on a poolside lounge chair in the afternoon heat as reggae music drifts by. Gentle splashing sounds mingle with the hum of the hot tub. A frozen margarita rests within easy reach of your dangling arm. From this languor, one clear thought forms: MATH READING. You… read more >>

Upload Photos from Your Image Gallery to MATLAB Drive

Smartphone cameras continue to disrupt digital photography. If you are a casual photographer, over the years you have probably found yourself increasingly relying on the camera that is most readily available to you: the one on your phone…. read more >>