## All posts in category **Popular Culture**

# Escher cube in real life

*Posted by John Quintanilla on January 22, 2018*

https://meangreenmath.com/2018/01/22/escher-cube-in-real-life/

# Jobs in Mathematics

Courtesy of the Mathematical Association of America, here are some resources for finding a career in the mathematical sciences: http://www.maa.org/news/quantitative-careers-get-your-piece-of-the-math-jobs-pie

I’ll also link to the list of resources that my university provides to our math majors: http://math.unt.edu/support-math-department/careers-mathematics

A quick programming note: after 4 years (or roughly 1,500 consecutive days of posts), I’m going to be switching to posting on Mondays and Fridays. I recently moved to an administrative appointment at my university, and found through the school of hard knocks that I’m not going to be able to sustain daily posts while also doing my day job.

*Posted by John Quintanilla on October 2, 2017*

https://meangreenmath.com/2017/10/02/jobs-in-mathematics/

# Predicate Logic and Popular Culture (Part 153): The Eagles

Let be the proposition “I try to walk away at time ,” and let be the proposition “At time , $latex x makes me turn around and stay.” Translate the logical statement

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This matches the opening lines of “I Can’t Tell You Why,” by the Eagles.

Context: Part of the discrete mathematics course includes an introduction to predicate and propositional logic for our math majors. As you can probably guess from their names, students tend to think these concepts are dry and uninteresting even though they’re very important for their development as math majors.

In an effort to making these topics more appealing, I spent a few days mining the depths of popular culture in a (likely futile) attempt to make these ideas more interesting to my students. In this series, I’d like to share what I found. Naturally, the sources that I found have varying levels of complexity, which is appropriate for students who are first learning prepositional and predicate logic.

When I actually presented these in class, I either presented the logical statement and had my class guess the statement in actual English, or I gave my students the famous quote and them translate it into predicate logic. However, for the purposes of this series, I’ll just present the statement in predicate logic first.

*Posted by John Quintanilla on September 30, 2017*

https://meangreenmath.com/2017/09/30/predicate-logic-and-popular-culture-part-153-the-eagles/

# Predicate Logic and Popular Culture (Part 152): Stevie Wonder

Let be the proposition “We are amazed by ,” let be the proposition “We are amused by , and let be the proposition “ is a thing you say you’ll do.” Translate the logical statement

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This matches the opening line of “You Haven’t Done Nothin'” by Stevie Wonder.

Context: Part of the discrete mathematics course includes an introduction to predicate and propositional logic for our math majors. As you can probably guess from their names, students tend to think these concepts are dry and uninteresting even though they’re very important for their development as math majors.

In an effort to making these topics more appealing, I spent a few days mining the depths of popular culture in a (likely futile) attempt to make these ideas more interesting to my students. In this series, I’d like to share what I found. Naturally, the sources that I found have varying levels of complexity, which is appropriate for students who are first learning prepositional and predicate logic.

When I actually presented these in class, I either presented the logical statement and had my class guess the statement in actual English, or I gave my students the famous quote and them translate it into predicate logic. However, for the purposes of this series, I’ll just present the statement in predicate logic first.

*Posted by John Quintanilla on September 29, 2017*

https://meangreenmath.com/2017/09/29/predicate-logic-and-popular-culture-part-152-stevie-wonder/

# Predicate Logic and Popular Culture (Part 151): Carly Rae Jepsen

Let be the proposition “I can have ,” and let be the proposition “You will do .” Translate the logical statement

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This matches a line (complete with double negatives) from E-MO-TION by Carly Rae Jepsen.

Context: Part of the discrete mathematics course includes an introduction to predicate and propositional logic for our math majors. As you can probably guess from their names, students tend to think these concepts are dry and uninteresting even though they’re very important for their development as math majors.

In an effort to making these topics more appealing, I spent a few days mining the depths of popular culture in a (likely futile) attempt to make these ideas more interesting to my students. In this series, I’d like to share what I found. Naturally, the sources that I found have varying levels of complexity, which is appropriate for students who are first learning prepositional and predicate logic.

When I actually presented these in class, I either presented the logical statement and had my class guess the statement in actual English, or I gave my students the famous quote and them translate it into predicate logic. However, for the purposes of this series, I’ll just present the statement in predicate logic first.

*Posted by John Quintanilla on September 28, 2017*

https://meangreenmath.com/2017/09/28/predicate-logic-and-popular-culture-part-151-carly-rae-jepsen/

# Predicate Logic and Popular Culture (Part 150): Katy Perry

Let be the proposition “I stood for ,” and let be the proposition “I fell for .” Translate the logical statement

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This matches one of the lines in Katy Perry’s smash hit “Roar.”

*Posted by John Quintanilla on September 27, 2017*

https://meangreenmath.com/2017/09/27/predicate-logic-and-popular-culture-part-150-katy-perry/

# Predicate Logic and Popular Culture (Part 149): Adele

Let be the proposition “At time , it lasts in love,” and let be the proposition “At time , it hurts in love.” Translate the logical statement

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This matches part of “Someone Like You,” by Adele.

*Posted by John Quintanilla on September 26, 2017*

https://meangreenmath.com/2017/09/26/predicate-logic-and-popular-culture-part-149-adele/

# Predicate Logic and Popular Culture (Part 148): Miley Cyrus

Let be the proposition “At time , there is another mountain,” let be the proposition “At time , I want to make it move,” let be the proposition “At time $t$, there is an uphill battle,” and let be the proposition “At time , I have to lose.” Translate the logical statement

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This matches the chorus of “The Climb,” by Miley Cyrus.

*Posted by John Quintanilla on September 25, 2017*

https://meangreenmath.com/2017/09/25/predicate-logic-and-popular-culture-part-148-miley-cyrus/

# Predicate Logic and Popular Culture (Part 147): Hannah Montana

Let be the proposition “ makes mistakes,” let be the proposition “ has those days,” let be the proposition “ knows what I’m talking about,” and let be the proposition “ gets that way.” Translate the logical statement

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These are the opening lines to a Hannah Montana song.

*Posted by John Quintanilla on September 24, 2017*

https://meangreenmath.com/2017/09/24/predicate-logic-and-popular-culture-part-147-hannah-montana/

# Predicate Logic and Popular Culture (Part 146): Fallout

Let be the proposition “War changes at time .”Translate the logical statement

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This line was made popular by the video game series “Fallout.”

*Posted by John Quintanilla on September 23, 2017*

https://meangreenmath.com/2017/09/23/predicate-logic-and-popular-culture-part-146-fallout/