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

Steven Strogatz’s video lectures and Dynamical systems for kids

I’m so excited about the new project I’m working on with my son that I’m almost at a loss for words.  Yesterday I saw the following note on Twitter from Steven Strogatz: The lectures for my @Cornell course on #nonlinear #dynamics and #chaos are now online: https://t.co/NkCy41ySqB — Steven Strogatz (@stevenstrogatz) May 27, 2014 Around … Continue reading Steven Strogatz’s video lectures and Dynamical systems for kids

Steven Strogatz on Word Problems

Patrick Honner’s interview with Steven Strogatz in Math Horizons is a great (and, sadly, way too short) read: http://horizonsaftermath.blogspot.com/2014/02/steven-strogatz-on-mathematics-education.html [update:  Steven Strogatz sends the following link for the complete interview: Click to access strogatz_feb14.pdf ]   Sitting outside of both the worlds of education and academia but teaching my own kids, I try to spend … Continue reading Steven Strogatz on Word Problems

Why I love sharing ideas from research mathematicians with my kids

Yesterday we did a project inspired by the great podcast conversation between Steven Strogatz and Federico Ardila here: That project is here: https://mikesmathpage.wordpress.com/2021/04/03/revisiting-the-permutahedron-with-my-younger-son-after-listening-to-steven-strogatzs-interview-with-federico-ardila/ Last night I asked my younger son what he wanted to do today for a project and he said that he wanted to talk about the permutahedron a bit more. In yesterday’s … Continue reading Why I love sharing ideas from research mathematicians with my kids

Using Christopher Wolfram’s virus program to show kids some ideas about how a virus spreads through a network

Yesterday we looked at a very simple model of how a virus spreads through a network – the assumption was that everyone infects everyone they are connected to. In that (obviously simplified model) the structure of the network affects the structure of the spread: https://mikesmathpage.wordpress.com/2020/08/22/using-an-idea-from-stephen-wolfram-to-show-kids-how-a-virus-can-spread-through-different-kinds-of-networks/ Today we are looking at another model – still simplified, … Continue reading Using Christopher Wolfram’s virus program to show kids some ideas about how a virus spreads through a network

Using an idea from Stephen Wolfram to show kids how a virus can spread through different kinds of networks

This week I watch an interesting live coding video from Stephen Wolfram: Right at the beginning of this video Wolfram shows how to use some simple Mathematica commands to make a simple model of how a virus spreads through a network. I thought it would be fun to share this idea with the boys for … Continue reading Using an idea from Stephen Wolfram to show kids how a virus can spread through different kinds of networks

Sharing and talking through 5 graphs related to the corona virus with kids

As I was trying to decide on a math project for the boys this morning I saw Steven Strogatz tweet out a fascinating set of graphs: Clicking on the link gave me the idea to look (and re-look) at some of the corona virus models and graphs. It is always fascinating to see what kids … Continue reading Sharing and talking through 5 graphs related to the corona virus with kids