MATH AROUND US offers a new activity each month designed to help show how math is a part of our everyday lives.
Activities planned for October-May 1998 include:
OCT MATH CURSE REVISITED In Jon Scieszka's book _Math Curse_, a little girl wakes up feeling she's been cursed, a "math curse" because she sees everything that happens to her as some sort of math problem. Students think of their lives 'mathematically', seeing how many ways they can find math problems throughout the day. On the list, they share *their* 'math curse' days.
NOV Math in Careers DEC Personal Measurement JAN Mapping It Out FEB Math in the News MAR Make Math Fit APR Wait a Minute! MAY We're Coming for a Visit
Visit the project's Web page to find out more and register to join. Registration is open all year long, so you can join one or all of the featured activities.
"Continued fractions are just another way of writing fractions. They have some interesting links with a jigsaw- puzzle problem of splitting a rectangle up into squares and also with one of the oldest algorithms known to mathematicians - Euclid's Algorithm for computing greatest common divisors (gcd)..."
An area of mathematics with applications to population increase, finding square roots, chaos theory, and fractals. Sample problems from Chapter 8 of Don Cohen's "Iteration to Infinite Sequences with 6 to 11 year-olds."
It is an old (and well-understood) problem in music that you can't tune a piano perfectly. This paper provides an interesting discussion of the physics (acoustics), mathematics, and temperament of pianos, with references and definitions.
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