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Last week Steven Strogatz released two previously unpublished appendicies for his book Infinite Powers: My older son and I did a fun project with Fermat’s idea.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Yesterday Steven Strogatz shared an unpublished appendix to his book Infinite Powers: I read it and thought it would be terrific to share with my older son who took calculus last year.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

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

Talking about Steven Strogatz’s “N dogs” question with kids

Earlier this week Steven Strogatz posted this question on twitter: The problem received lots of attention (for a math problem on Twitter!) and I thought it would be fun to talk through the problem with the boys today. This type of problem is obviously beyond their ability to solve, but I thought they would have … Continue reading Talking about Steven Strogatz’s “N dogs” question with kids