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ERIC Number: EJ785735
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0268-3679
A Cryptological Way of Teaching Mathematics
Caballero-Gil, Pino; Bruno-Castaneda, Carlos
Teaching Mathematics and Its Applications: An International Journal of the IMA, v26 n1 p2-16 2007
This work addresses the subject of mathematics education at secondary schools from a current and stimulating point of view intimately related to computational science. Cryptology is a captivating way of introducing into the classroom different mathematical subjects such as functions, matrices, modular arithmetic, combinatorics, equations, statistics and proofs, which usually are recognized as difficult for many students. Special attention is paid here to the concepts of proof and verification through the definition of zero-knowledge cryptographic protocols. Many other different cryptographic and cryptanalytic activities (building and breaking ciphers, respectively) and modern cryptographic applications such as secret-sharing protocols are also proposed as resources for motivating mathematics learning and for achieving a significant improvement in student understanding of several algebraic, analytical and statistical concepts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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