Math and Science Fair Project Ideas
Date: 7/3/96 at 14:30:4 From: Megan Barth Subject: Science Fair Project Ideas Dear Dr. Math, Do you have any suggestions about a Science Fair project in the math category? I was thinking of doing the probability of getting a certain prize in a cereal box or in the McDonalds Monopoly Game. I have looked in the Dr. Math archives and many other places. Thank you, Megan or DaMariner
Date: 7/4/96 at 0:11:19 From: Doctor Mike Subject: Re: Science Fair Project Ideas Dear Megan and all, There are more mathematics project ideas than you can shake a stick at in the excellent book MATH PROJECTS FOR YOUNG SCIENTISTS (Franklin Watts, 1988) by David A. Thomas. It is about 125 pages long and comes both in hard cover and paperback. Your ideas sound good, too. Most important is to find something so fascinating that you can't wait to get back to it! Speaking of how many project ideas you can shake a stick at, one idea for a project would be to investigate just how many that is. Of course we are talking about really really big numbers here, but that IS the idea. The subject of big numbers gets you to a lot of interesting ideas, like what is a GOOGOLPLEX and why it is called that, how many grains of sand (approximately!) could fit into a sphere the size of the earth, or why there are more prime numbers than any particular number. I hope this helps. -Doctor Mike, The Math Forum Check out our web site! http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
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