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Last week Steven Strogatz released two previously unpublished appendicies for his book Infinite Powers: My older son and I did a fun project with Fermat’s idea.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Yesterday Steven Strogatz shared an unpublished appendix to his book Infinite Powers: I read it and thought it would be terrific to share with my older son who took calculus last year.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

Does Math Matter? with Boaler, Ellenberg, and Strogatz

Saw this nice panel discussion from the Aspen Ideas Festival yesterday via a Steven Strogatz tweet: I’m glad that discussions like this one are happening (and being made public). It is definitely worth the 35 minutes if you are interested in math. In the second half of the discussion each of the panelists gives a … Continue reading Does Math Matter? with Boaler, Ellenberg, and Strogatz