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How to teach perfect numbers to 6 graders?

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From: Jeanne (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: Jul 01, 2000 at 12:01:59
Subject: Re: how to teach perfect numbers to 6 graders?

Hello!

Marielouise's comment of there being so few perfect numbers that this could
be a concern.  How about asking the children to classify numbers as
being "deficient", "abundant", and "perfect"?  This way they could choose
their own number, find all of its factors and categorize.  Finding the
perfect numbers would then be a treasure hunt.

If you want to take this further, you could have them find "amicable pairs"
of numbers, "sociable numbers."

Here is address for Dr. Math's glossary in case you are not familiar with
any of the terms.

http://mathforum.org/dr.math/faq/faq.number.glossary.html

Hope this helps!

 -Jeanne, for the Teacher2Teacher service

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