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Why Do We Have Leap Years?


Every four years, we have a U.S. presidential election. In that same year, we also have a Summer Olympics. Not coincidentally, that year also is a leap year, a year with 366 days rather than 365. Why is this? Can’t we make a better calendar? To understand why we need leap years, we must first

How to Talk with Your College Instructors


When I was a faculty member, some of the most important conversations I had with students didn’t happen in the classroom; they happened during my office hours, in the hall, or even the cafeteria. But I am always surprised by how often students never asked me, or other teachers for help, even when they really

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