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Any chemistry students struggling with their maths? Download this free book from bookboon.com.

“Advanced Maths for Chemists teaches Maths from a “chemical” perspective and is the third of a three part series of texts designed for a first-year university course. It is the Maths required by a Chemist, Chemical Engineer, Chemical Physicist, Molecular Biologist, Biochemist or Biologist. Tutorial questions with fully worked solutions are used and structured on a weekly basis to help the students to self-pace themselves. Coloured molecular structures, graphs and diagrams bring the text alive. Navigation between questions and their solutions is by page numbers for use with your PDF reader.”

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Interesting article about encouraging girls into careers in science, maths and engineering. As we know there is a gender imbalance in these career areas. According to this article, “girlie” role models aimed at helping break down the gender barriers in these subjects are actually putting more girls off. Who would have thought “Computer Engineer Barbie” wouldn’t be persuasive enough to entice girls to go against these traditionally male subjects. And “girly” mathematician Danica McKellar has even written a book aimed at inspiring girls: “Math Doesn’t Suck: How To Survive Middle School Math Without Losing Your Mind Or Breaking A Nail”. But according to this study,  it’s not working…in fact it may be putting girls off science and maths even more.

What are your experiences of the gender divide in areas such as maths, science and engineering? Girls, what made you decide to study in these fields? What do you think of the promotion of “girly” role models for science and maths? We would be very interested to hear your comments on this one.

 

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The American Mathematical Society produce a monthly digest, Math in the Media, which highlights maths stories in the popular press.  Magazine and newspaper articles are summarised in the digest, and links are provided to the full text. 

Math in the Media does have a strong US bias, but could be useful if you are looking for interesting articles to illustrate the practical application of maths, or explanations of mathematical concepts that are aimed at a general readership.

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