Everyday Math for Everyday People: Matthew LaVere Photography

Everyday Math for Everyday People: Matthew LaVere Photography

Tell me about yourself, your business, and what you do: I'm Matthew LaVere, a freelance editorial and commercial photographer based in Livonia, MI. I specialize in environmental portraiture and headshot photography for individuals, magazines, and corporations. Some of my clients include Billboard Magazine, D Business Magazine, DFCU Financial, Howard and Howard Law Firm, HOUR Detroit Magazine, and Volkswagen, to name a few. Why do you like what you do? I enjoy what I like to do because photography is my passport to meeting new people. Sometimes I could be at home catching up on marketing or retouching. Other days I…
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Everyday Math for Everyday People: Stephen Johnson of Hyesun House

Everyday Math for Everyday People: Stephen Johnson of Hyesun House

Tell me about yourself, your business, and what you do. I am a reunited Korean adoptee, husband, friend, and entrepreneur currently living in Austin, Texas. During the day, I work full-time in people operations for a large technology company. In my spare time, I focus on a number of other things: running a small e-commerce business, supporting an independent presidential campaign, volunteering with KAAN, and slowly remodeling a 50-year-old house.  Stephen speaking at the KAAN conference in 2018.  Why do you like what you do? My mission in life is to bring people together from different backgrounds. I also find…
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A Real Life Optimization Problem

A Real Life Optimization Problem

I am part of a team at my college working on getting new storage closets installed for my department. The options are for closets that are 30", 36", or 42" wide. The closets are 18 ¾" deep, and 63 ½" in height. In one room, the space in which the closets are to be installed is 54 ¾" x 97 ½" x 96". In another room, the space is 54 ¾" x 114" x 96". However, in the second room, there is a whiteboard rail that is 3 ¼" wide that protrudes into the space. There are also plans to…
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Museum of Illusions – Toronto, CA

Museum of Illusions – Toronto, CA

This post is the first of many about the mathematics I discovered while visiting museums and exhibits during my Fall 2019 sabbatical. The first one up is the Museum of Illusions - Toronto, Canada. This museum wasn’t originally part of my sabbatical plan as it just opened in October 2018. Although my favorite illusion was the rotated room, where it appears you are walking up the walls since the furniture is on the ceiling. I can see many applications of this exhibits in this museum in my own classes: Many exhibits with angles and perspective that could be integrated into…
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