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ERIC Number: EJ1093101
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0045-0685
An Investigation of Palindromes and Their Place in Mathematics
Nivens, Ryan
Australian Mathematics Teacher, v69 n2 p30-35 2013
Some people recognize a palindrome when they see one, however fewer realize that a palindrome is a special case of a pattern and that these patterns are all around. Palindromes frequently occur in names, both of vehicles and people, and in music. The traditional mathematical curriculum has often left palindromes out of the common vernacular. Where do palindromes fit in a school curriculum that wishes to incorporate the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Standards? The NCTM Number and Operations Standard for grades 6-8 states that students should understand "numbers, ways of representing numbers, relationships between numbers, and number systems." In the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) "Australian Curriculum: Mathematics" (ACARA, 2012) part of the description of the Number and Algebra content strand is "They build on their understanding of the number system to describe relationships and formulate generalisations." (ACARA, 2012). In this article, the author presents palindromes as a fun, interesting, and engaging way to work with numbers and make connections to events in life outside of school. In the article, the author provides three areas that can be explored to engage students in the exciting world of palindromes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Grade 7; Junior High Schools; Secondary Education; Grade 8
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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