Nature's Numbers (MatheMUSEments!)
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|Ivars Peterson (Math Muse for Kids)|
|The most common number of petals on a flower is five. Five also shows up in arrangements of seeds. Pineapples have eight rows of scales, seen as roughly diamond-shaped markings, sloping in one direction and 13 sloping in the other. Pine cones show the same sort of feature. Take a look at the numbers that nature seems to like (at least in plants): 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, and 144. Can you find a pattern? [Produced 10 times a year by the publishers of Cricket magazine (in association with Smithsonian magazine), Muse features articles and activities for children 8 years old and up.]|
|Levels:||Late Elem. (3-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)|
|Math Topics:||Golden Ratio/Fibonacci|
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