Date: Nov 14, 2009 12:38 PM
Author: Kirby Urner
Subject: Martian Math (a geometry)
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regarding a geometry, published since 1970s, that's given

rise to several branches already, e.g. Elastic Interval

Geometry (springie.com) in juxtaposition with the art-science

of Kenneth Snelson (tensegrity).

This non-Euclidean "geometry of lumps" (K. Menger) has

been redeveloped for a pre-college market. In teaching

it with computer skills (post calculator ray tracing,

VRML, some languages), we fulfill part of our 3 year

state math requirement in Oregon.

Digital mathematics (formerly "discrete") is an alternative

to statistics and trigonometry in that respect, although

we try to include elements of those as well, in our

full four year object oriented version.

Note that including a modicum of non-Euclidean thinking

in your classroom is like a seasoning or spice. Just a drop

goes a long way. So this is not to suggest shelving any

existing resources, merely to shift gears on some days

when you sense your class is in the mood for something

completely different for a change:

http://www.wikieducator.org/Martian_Math

Kirby Urner

OCN/4D

Portland, Oregon