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ERIC Number: EJ1151998
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0839
Ancient Paradoxes Can Extend Mathematical Thinking
Czocher, Jennifer A.; Moss, Diana L.
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, v22 n7 p438-442 Mar 2017
This article presents the Snail problem, a relatively simple challenge about motion that offers engaging extensions involving the notion of infinity. It encourages students in grades 5-9 to connect mathematics learning to logic, history, and philosophy through analyzing the problem, making sense of quantitative relationships, and modeling with mathematics (NGAC 2010). It also gives students of all ages a glimpse into the development of mathematics by introducing a reason to think about infinite convergent series. (A bibliography is included.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 5
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
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