## Van der Waerden’s Pathological Function## by B. MartynovNot for readers with weak stomachs, this article looks at a type of function that Charles Hermite referred to as a “miserable sore.” ## Planetary Building Blocks## by V. MescheryakovExamining the forces involved in the accretion of planetary mass, or more simply, how Earth was formed. ## So, What’s Wrong?## by I. F. SharyginA collection of questionable answers that requires readers to ferret out the errors in logic. ## Departments## Looking Back: The Legacy of al-Khwarizmi## by Z. D. Usmanov and I. HodjievThe words ## Kaleidoscope: Triangles with the Right Stuff## by L. D. KurlyandchikInteresting results from a not-so-special case of right triangles. ## Physics Contest: Doppler Beats## by Larry D. Kirkpatrick and Arthur EisenkraftWhat the wail of a siren can tell you about its motion relative to you. ## At the Blackboard I: Weightlessness in a Car?## by Sergei PikinCan an automobile passenger achieve a momentary state of weightlessness when hitting a rise in the road? ## At the Blackboard II: Rivers, Typhoons, and Molecules## by Albert StasenkoWhat do these things have in common? ## Gradus ad Parnassum: Symmetry in Algebra, Part III## by Mark Saul and Titu AndreescuFactoring polynomials: back to basics. ## At the Blackboard III: Ordered Sets## by L. Pinter and I. KhegedyshOrdered triplets, some generalizations, and remarkable inequalities. ## Musings: How Big Am I, Really?## by David ArnsA poem. ## Cowculations: Barn Again## by Dr. MuHelp Dr. Mu move the Dougan Round Barn. ## In the Lab: Suds Studies## by N. ParavyanExperimenting with soap film and bubbles. ## How Do You Figure?: Challenges in Physics and Math## Brainteasers: Just for the Fun of It!## Crisscross ScienceBonus ## FeedbackThoughts from our readers. ## HappeningsBulletin Board. ## Answers, Hints & Solutions## Index of Articles, Volume 8 Copyright © 1998 National
Science Teachers Association |