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Topic: regarding infinity
Replies: 4   Last Post: Apr 20, 1995 10:30 PM

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Jill A. Dumesnil

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Registered: 12/6/04
Re: regarding infinity
Posted: Apr 20, 1995 2:07 PM
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I'd like to repsond to Cathy Brady's "I sure hope that person tells
us what he/she DID," provided I am "that person."

The program with which I am involved is a long-standing annual
campus-wide event designed for fifth graders. It's called Fabulous
Friday and takes place on a friday in April. Approximately 25
university departments participate in day-long enrichment activities.

This year the math department will be working with 15 students.
Various faculty members will be conducting activities on a variety of
topics including nomographs, Napier's bones, tessellations, computing
with base-two logarithms, the Mobius band, infinity, and computer
games and demos on our NeXT system.

Perhaps a few clarifying points should be made. First, the students
choose the department in which they'd like to spend the day. We are
not going into fifth-grade classrooms and "forcing" advanced topics
on children. The students are generally very inquisitive and
interested in math topics different from those they see on a daily
basis. Second, the idea is not to "tell them all about" anything.
The activities are designed to be interesting, accessible, open-ended
and about mathematics. By the way, although we are university
mathematics faculty, no one is likely to "botch" the teaching job.
Finally, I appreciate the extremely helpful responses to my question
concerning the types of activities this age group finds stimulating
and fun. I am conducting the session on infinity and will be happy
to post a report on what I did and how it went next week.


Jill A. Dumesnil

Stephen F. Austin State Univ.

Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics

Nacogdoches, TX 75962-3040

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