Videotape-and-workbook modules designed to explore basic topics in high school mathematics in ways that cannot be done at the chalkboard or in a textbook.
The tapes use live action, music, special effects, and computer animation, and are distributed on a nonprofit basis. Each module consists of a videotape and a workbook, and explores a basic topic in mathematics that can be easily integrated into existing high school or community college curricula. The modules encourage interaction between students and teachers, and include:
- The Theorem of Pythagoras - The Story of Pi - Similarity - Polynomials - Sines and Cosines Periodic functions Trigonometry Addition formulas - The Tunnel of Samos - Teachers Workshop
In addition, an Early History of Mathematics videotape traces some mathematical landmarks:
An interactive problem-solving game series where the ultimate power depends on mathematical skill and knowledge. Many pages have hidden clues and areas; when players need help, they may email the staff for assistance. Teachers and parents may also request answer keys.
- Nomean City: a powerful being has been captured by a cult of pollution makers - Dr. Plenobius: identify flesh-eating bacteria and try to save one of the doctor's lab rabbits - The 7th Floor of the Hotel Unknown: find out who lives on the floor, and deal with the house detective - Airtight College: your quest to save the alien creature continues
Also try The Challenge of the 7 Cups: solve algebra and complex geometry problems to find the lost cup that can transform sadness into joy and joy into sadness.
Computer scientist Divakar Viswanath, of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) in Berkeley, California, introduced an element of randomness into the Fibonacci sequence and discovered a new mathematical constant: the number 1.13198824....