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Francs, Fractals, and Kovalevsky

The idea that math is an art and not a science is not a new idea.   Today we examined the life of mathematician/writer Sonya Kovalevsky. We first talked about some of the childhood experiences that shape her life, then took a break to watch Vi Hart’s film “Triangle Party.” This overwhelming film may be my favorite Hart film: 6…

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The Hydra Head Exponential Growth Function

Do you feel like you learned some real mathematics here today?   Before showing Vi Hart’s “Binary Trees” short film, we did a few function machines as we waited for everyone to arrive. (This session was class 1 of a new session for middle-school kids.) The rule y=2x was obvious. The next rule, y=x squared, was obvious as well, but…

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