The Olympic Diver’s View

Thomas Finchum, an American diver competing in the Olympics, talks about diving over this New York Times interactive panorama from the 10-meter platform in Beijing’s Water Cube (might take a bit to load, but worth it).

“It’s scary, but it’s also really fun. It’s one of those things – it’s like a roller coaster ride that you want to just keep doing after you’ve done it the first time. It’s kind of an experience that can’t be matched.”

Mathway Teaches You Math

Mathway is perhaps the most incredible free math resource I have seen on the web. It literally will solve any (well, no – I haven’t tested this) math problem that you give it – from basic math like long division or finding the perimeter of a polygon up through pre-algebra, algebra, trigonometry, precalculus and calculus.

You can use Mathway a couple of different ways – either by entering your problem free-form into the field it provides, or by utilizing three distinct navigation elements: category of math (ie: basic math or trigonometry), types of problems within that larger category, and example problems. After entering your equation, click the Answer button and Mathway solves it for you – not just solves it for you. Mathway shows you how the problem is solved – Mathway explains step-by-step in both numbers and helpful accompanying text how the problem is solved. That’s cool.