# Revisiting the permutahedron with my younger son after listening to Steven Strogatz’s interview with Federico Ardila

This week I listened a great conversation between Steven Strogatz and Federico Ardila on the Joy of X podcast: We have played with the shape a few times before – see these blog posts of you are interested in seeing other ways that kids can explore the shape: https://mikesmathpage.wordpress.com/2017/03/09/a-fun-shape-for-kids-to-explore-the-permutohedron/ https://mikesmathpage.wordpress.com/2019/10/27/labeling-each-vertex-of-a-permutahedron-is-a-terrific-mathematical-exercise-for-kids/ Today we explored the and … Continue reading Revisiting the permutahedron with my younger son after listening to Steven Strogatz’s interview with Federico Ardila

# Reviewing 3 chapters of Steven Strogatz’s Infinite Powers with my older son

Our schools have been closed for the last 10 days. During that time I’ve been taking a little break from having my older son work on problems and am having him read Steven Strogatz’s Infinite Powers instead. ﻿ ﻿ ﻿ ﻿ For our project tonight I asked him to pick out three chapters that he’s … Continue reading Reviewing 3 chapters of Steven Strogatz’s Infinite Powers with my older son

# Sharing a intro calculus idea with my younger son inspired by Steven Strogatz’s Infinite Series appendix

Last week Steven Strogatz released two previously unpublished appendicies for his book Infinite Powers: My older son and I did a fun project with Fermat’s idea. He’d taken calculus last year and the ideas Strogatz shared made for a really nice calculus review: Sharing Appendix 1 to Steven Strogatz’s Infinite powers with my son My … Continue reading Sharing a intro calculus idea with my younger son inspired by Steven Strogatz’s Infinite Series appendix

# Sharing Appendix 1 to Steven Strogatz’s Infinite Powers with my son

Yesterday Steven Strogatz shared an unpublished appendix to his book Infinite Powers: I read it and thought it would be terrific to share with my older son who took calculus last year. This year we’ve been working on Linear Algebra – so not a lot of polynomial calculations (yet!) – so I also thought Strogatz’s … Continue reading Sharing Appendix 1 to Steven Strogatz’s Infinite Powers with my son

# Using Chapter 6 of Steven Strogatz’s Infinite Powers with a kid

I’m having my older son read a few chapters of Steven Strogatz’s Infinite Powers this summer. We did a calculus course last school year so he has seen some of these calculus concepts before. I’m finding it both fun and fascinating to review some of the ideas with him – there were always lots of … Continue reading Using Chapter 6 of Steven Strogatz’s Infinite Powers with a kid

# Trying an experiment described in Steven Strogatz’s Infinite Powers with my son

I got my copy of Steven Strogatz’s new book back in April: I’ve used it for two projects with my kids already: Using Steven Strogatz’s Infinite Powers with a 7th grader Following up on our conversation about Steven Strogatz’s Infinite Powers with some basic calculus ideas Today my older son was back from camp and … Continue reading Trying an experiment described in Steven Strogatz’s Infinite Powers with my son

# Following up our conversation about Steven Strogatz’s Infinite Powers with some basic calculus ideas

Yesterday I had my younger son (in 7th grade) read chapter 1 in Steven Strogatz’s new book Infinite Powers and we had a fun time talking about what he learned: Using Steven Strogatz’s Infinite Powers with a 7th grader Today I wanted to show him a hand waving overview of two of the more well-known … Continue reading Following up our conversation about Steven Strogatz’s Infinite Powers with some basic calculus ideas

# Using Steven Strogatz’s Infinite Powers with a 7th grader

My copy of Steven Strogatz’s new book arrived a few weeks ago: The book is terrific and the math explanations are so accessible that I thought it would be fun to ask my younger son to read the first chapter and get his reactions. Here’s what he thought and a short list if things that … Continue reading Using Steven Strogatz’s Infinite Powers with a 7th grader

# Steven Strogatz’s circle area project – part 2

Yesterday we did a really fun project inspired by a tweet from Steven Strogatz: Here’s tweet: Here’s the project: Steven Strogatz’s circle-area exercise During the 3rd part of our project yesterday the boys wondered how the triangle from Strogatz’s tweet would change if you had more pieces. They had a few ideas, but couldn’t really … Continue reading Steven Strogatz’s circle area project – part 2

# Steven Strogatz’s circle area exercise

Saw this really neat tweet from Steven Strogatz yesterday: I asked him if he had downloadable versions of the circle and he was nice enough to share the templates with me (yay!) So, with a little enlarging and a little cutting we had the props ready to go through the exercise. We began with a … Continue reading Steven Strogatz’s circle area exercise