An interesting thing happened today. A girl I was working with, who’s had virtually no schooling in geometry, made a brilliant “leap” in a geometry problem. This student was starting a unit on fractions, and the curriculum was describing a standard way of conceptualizing fractions. The book was showing that if you divide a given [...]
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New Geometry product on horizon from Singing Turtle Press. Math author Josh Rappaport is coming out with an eBook on geometry. Read this post to find out more!
Math is everywhere, when you start looking for it. In this post you learn about a fun summertime geometry project. Have your children look at highway signs and try to find as many geometric objects as they can. They can even come up with geometry problems based on the signs, too.
Take this informal quiz. Watch this clip from a James Bond movie, and see what math themes and patterns you can find in the art and visuals. Then drop me a comment. I’ll share all comments that make reasonable statements.
The people who gave us the Rubik’s Cube recently came out with another fun puzzle, the Rubik’s Slide. This post tells all about this fun puzzle, which actually helps students learn some geometric concepts.
There are large chunks of mathematical knowledge that we often assume students have down. In fact, they often lack that knowledge. A good example is this: most students I work with have virtually no sense as to the value of the square root of 2 or the square root of 3. This post offers a few suggestions on how to help students in this regard.
One of the legends of math relates to the invention of the coordinate plane system. The legend states that Descartes was inspired to invent this system after watching a fly move around on the ceiling over his bed. This post tells the story and points out its relevance for modern math teachers.
Here is the answer to an interesting problem: what provides a better fit, a square peg in a circular hole, or a circular peg in a square hole? We can use simple geometry to figure it out!
Circle the Square or square the circle. Either way, it’s a fun math problem. Feel free to try it, share it, use it however you wish.
Definitions are TWICE as useful as standard theorems in geometric proofs. This post explains why, showing that definitions are, in a certain sense, very much like “reversible coats.”