Re: Re: Mathematica for gifted elementary school children

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg98919] Re: [mg98902] Re: Mathematica for gifted elementary school children*From*: Murray Eisenberg <murray at math.umass.edu>*Date*: Wed, 22 Apr 2009 05:08:25 -0400 (EDT)*Organization*: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst*References*: <gsivc0$995$1@smc.vnet.net> <200904210910.FAA24543@smc.vnet.net>*Reply-to*: murray at math.umass.edu

But interacting with the demonstrations, while it can be educational, is not really being very creative or being engaged in learning Mathematica (unless one studies the code -- which tends to be rather more sophisticated than a rank beginner would want to see). Doing computations oneself, building graphic images oneself -- those things can be educational and creative and contribute toward learning Mathematica and learning how to learn Mathematica. Sort of the difference between playing a video game and creating a video game. Bob F wrote: > 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 > -- Murray Eisenberg murray at math.umass.edu Mathematics & Statistics Dept. Lederle Graduate Research Tower phone 413 549-1020 (H) University of Massachusetts 413 545-2859 (W) 710 North Pleasant Street fax 413 545-1801 Amherst, MA 01003-9305

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