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ERIC Number: EJ872601
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0268-3679
Thematic Mathematics: The Combinatorics of Prime Factorizations
Griffiths, Martin
Teaching Mathematics and Its Applications: An International Journal of the IMA, v29 n1 p25-40 Mar 2010
In this article, we use a particular example to illustrate a thematic approach to the teaching and learning of mathematics. Our theme, suitable for undergraduates and able sixth-form students, is the enumeration of mathematical objects associated with the prime factorizations of integers. It is shown in detail how this gives rise to some beautiful mathematics. Potential educational benefits of the theme-driven exploration of mathematics are discussed, as are the possible difficulties that may be encountered when carrying out such activities. The various instructional styles associated with a thematic approach are also considered briefly.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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