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Re: Mathematica for gifted elementary school children

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  • Subject: [mg98902] Re: Mathematica for gifted elementary school children
  • From: Bob F <deepyogurt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2009 05:10:13 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <gsivc0$995$1@smc.vnet.net>

On Apr 20, 5:09 pm, Beliavsky <beliav... at aol.com> wrote:
> 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 athttp://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.

Try looking thru the demonstrations web site (at http://demonstrations.wolfram.com
). There are some really nice things and some are very well
illustrated and fun to play with. There is even a "Kids and Fun"
section at http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/topics.html#10

Enjoy...

-Bob


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