Category Archives: Mathematics

Planar graphs and polyhedra

I have switched schools, and am now at Rosedale Middle School with Sam Martin. Last Thursday was my first week interacting with the students, and I think it went fairly well. I had them draw a planar graph, and count … Continue reading

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Online Visitors

A few weeks ago I decided to expand the students perception of who can be a mathematician.  So, I organized video chats online with a few of my colleagues from around the country.  First and Second hour met with Ananth Hariharan from the University … Continue reading

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Shopping for knowledge

On Thursday the students were working on a shopping project. They were given a budget (on the order of five hundred dollars), and several “stores” were set up around the classroom where they were supposed to shop. The goal was … Continue reading

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The Four Numbers Game

Today in class I gave the students a problem based lesson centered around the four number game.  This game starts with a square and four non-negative integers placed, in any order, at the vertices of the square.  One then constructs … Continue reading

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Introduction to modulo seven

This week I introduced the students to the finite field of seven elements via the following puzzle found at http://mathfair.com/puzzles.html: Redraw the figure so that each of the seven circles is big enough to hold a penny. The problem is … Continue reading

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Rotations

This week was the beginning of my rotations with the students. In my classroom, there are two instructors and myself. We have decided to slit each class (three classes total) in to thirds and then each of us takes a … Continue reading

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Coffee and Donuts

This week I gave my “I am a mathematician” talk to the students at Rosedale. My main goal was to show them two aspects of mathematics; abstraction and reduction. Below is a presentation I created to help illustrate my points. … Continue reading

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