Mathematica for gifted elementary school children

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg98863] Mathematica for gifted elementary school children*From*: Beliavsky <beliavsky at aol.com>*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 centillion^(1/3). I see there are some math courseware at http://library.wolfram.com/infocenter/Courseware/Mathematics/ , 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.

**Follow-Ups**:**Re: Mathematica for gifted elementary school children***From:*"Ingolf Dahl" <ingolf.dahl@telia.com>