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Mathematica for gifted elementary school children

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  • Subject: [mg98863] Mathematica for gifted elementary school children
  • From: Beliavsky <beliavsky at>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2009 19:10:06 -0400 (EDT)

My son, almost 6, is good at math and inquisitive. Is there a math
curriculum for elementary school children that uses Mathematica? He
understands the four arithemetic operations and the concept of powers.
I have Mathematica installed on my home PC and could teach him myself.

I have written computer programs in Fortran in front of him to
demonstrate concepts such as cubes and cube roots. We had fun, but I
don't want to explain right now why 1000000000**3 gives -402653184 or
1/2 gives 0.

He is interested in the number "centillion" (10^303) and thought it
was cool to see the 101 zeros when we asked Mathematica to compute

I see there are some math courseware at
, but those topics are too advanced for him at present. Maybe I should
give him Wolfram's huge book and let him play when he wants.

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