 My daughter graduated from Hamline University 3 years ago with a Mathematics Degree. Teaching techniques have changed a lot since I was in school, so needless to say, I wasn’t much help with her math homework past 7th grade.

I think some of her enthusiasm for math rubbed off on me. I spend a lot of time on the road and with some of my free time, I recently started learning about some mathematics principles and applications. (I know, pretty strange.) I’ve learned about Fibonacci Sequences and Blockchain Technology to name a couple. The latter is a fledgling technology which will enable non-centralized secure networks to allow authentication, secure communication and content distribution without a single point of failure.

Of course, my job as an Application Engineer isn’t that enigmatic. I help Clearfield customers design fiber networks.

In math, two simple equations can explain the difference between a problem with a single solution or one with multiple solutions.

Example: (Single solution)

x-1=5

If you use 6 in place of x you get:

6-1=5, which is true

So x=6

Other values for x won’t work

x=7

7-1=5 not true

x=4

4-1=5 not true

x=6 is the only solution

Example: (Multiple solutions)

(x-3)(x-2)=0

If x=3:

(3-3)(3-2) = 0 x 1 = 0 true

If x=2:

(2-3)(2-2) = -1 x 0 = 0 true

x=3 & x=2 are both solutions