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ERIC Number: EJ793987
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1326-0286
Magic Squares: From Primary Classroom to Postgraduate Research in Ten Simple Exercises
Roberts, Tim
Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, v12 n4 p10-13 2007
It is not often that one can introduce primary school students to a problem at the forefront of mathematics research, and have any expectation of understanding; but with magic squares, one can do exactly that. Magic squares are an ideal tool for the effective illustration of many mathematical concepts. This paper assumes little prior knowledge on the part of the student except for addition and multiplication, reflection and rotation; but, using questions and exercises throughout, finishes by posing a problem tough enough to test postgraduate mathematics students, to which no-one has yet managed to find a solution. In this article, the author invites students and their teachers to engage with the mathematics of magic squares. (Contains 13 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Primary Education
Audience: Students; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia