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6 Ways College Students Can Better Prepare for a Career in Business

thought-leaderBy Drew Hendricks
Forbes, Contributor

While a college degree is important, a small slip of paper won’t completely prepare you for a career in business. In addition to taking key courses and degree programs, it’s critical that you prepare for life after school by taking advantage of the opportunities around you.

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101 Inventions that Changed the World: A Math Perspective

taking-math-in-collegeBy Dr. Shirley Vigil
Faculty Member, Mathematics at American Public University

Recently, I toured the 101 Inventions that Changed the World exhibit at the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. It reminded me of how important math is to my life.

The first invention that piqued my interest was the personal computer. Conceived to help the “normal person” crunch numbers quickly, I cannot imagine my life without it. The number of mathematical calculations saved over the years is enormous and we owe it to the mathematicians and engineers who took time to develop the miniaturized devices (another invention—the integrated circuit) behind it.

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The Ultimate Pi Day

Pi-Day-2015By Liz Hutchings
Faculty Member, Mathematics at American Public University

As a college math instructor and a homeschooling mom, Pi Day is one of my favorite holidays. Whether it is a real holiday or not is up for debate, but in my home this year’s Pi Day will definitely be one to celebrate.

In case you haven’t heard, this Pi Day is special because it will not only be March 14 (3.14), but we can get as accurate as 3/14/15, 9:26 and 53 seconds = 3.141592653. That is just incredible and will never happen again in our lifetime.

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Scarecrows, Pythagoras, and Theorems OH MY!

By Raymond Reinhardt
Faculty Member, Mathematics at American Public University

What did the scarecrow say after being rewarded with his brains (actually, given a diploma) in “The Wizard of Oz”? And are there any practical applications for the Pythagorean Theorem?

His first brilliant remark was, “The sum of the square roots of any two sides of an isosceles triangle is equal to the square root of the remaining side.” You can watch this clip of the scarecrow yourself below.

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Building Skills for E-Learning Success

online-learning-destinationBy Ryan Watkins
Distance Learning

For many, the years spent sitting behind desks in both academic and training classrooms have molded their perceptions of what learning is, where learning takes place, and how to be successful. From these perceptions, many of us have actually become quite effective in our skills for interacting, learning, and assessing our progress from behind the desk of the traditional classroom environment. E-learning, however, typically challenges each of these perceptions about learning and, as a result, the transition from the traditional classroom to the online classroom can be difficult for many learners.

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Budget Wars Threaten Basic Science and Future Innovation

future-science-innovation-fundingBy Mark P. Mills
Contributor, Forbes

The Oscar-winning movie, The Imitation Game, opened with a scene that perfectly captured an age-old conflict between brilliant science and bureaucratic sensibilities.

In the movie, math and science genius Alan Turing professed no particular knowledge of the crisis at hand (cracking the German code). He suggested the Army general, in effect, trust him to bring to bear the power of ideas. The skeptical general was looking for a specific skill-set and path. To the general’s credit, he trusted Turing. (The outcome of World War Two would have been otherwise quite different.)

On average, history shows it is how science works. A lot of trust is needed to fund open-ended exploration. That kind of curiosity-driven, basic research has been the American hallmark for all of modern history. And ironically, even if unpredictable in advance, it has in hindsight been both revolutionary and productive.

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Tips for Choosing Your Major

choosing-majorIf you are a prospective college student, or even a current college student, you may not have decided what area of study you would like to major in. The first time you declare a major does not necessarily mean it is set in stone, but the more you change your major, the better chance that you will continue to push your graduation date back. If you are going to change your major, you should try to have a concrete plan in place no later than by the end of your first year in college. Since deciding on a major is a very important decision that requires a lot of introspection, the following tips can help you if you are unsure of what would be the best fit for you. Continue Reading

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Fact Check: Four Myths About Heart Disease

heart-health-facts-vs-mythsWe celebrate love this month but there is another matter of the heart to address in February. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named February American Heart Month to encourage a “heart healthy” lifestyle for you and your loved ones. Here, we fact-check some common myths associated with heart disease and offer resources to learn about lowering your risk.

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